Studying the behavior of living creatures has long been a matter of observation. Much of the human brain and its functions have yet to be uncovered. But significant advancements in biology and psychology provide new insights to how the brain thinks, reasons, formulates, and processes. 

Students in the Behavioral Neuroscience program at Carlow University will combine behavioral psychology studies with a solid understanding of the biological mechanisms of the nervous system. Our dual-path program employs hands-on, high impact educational practices (labs, internships, and field work) and close relationships with nearby research centers. Students will be placed at a Neuroscience internship at one of the local hospitals and research facilities.

Thinking about med school? Becoming a dentist? How about a career in pharmacy? Carlow’s behavioral neuroscience major is great place to start, and our agreement with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine makes it even easier.

If you'd like to learn more about our Behavioral Neuroscience programs, let us know!

 We offer three distinct paths in the behavioral neuroscience discipline:

Neuroscience Concentration

If you’re interested in psychology but have a particular fascination with the biology of the brain, the Neuroscience Concentration is right for you. This track incorporates upper-level laboratory courses in the natural sciences and prepares students for graduate work and employment in research settings. Carlow is uniquely situated in the “Eds, Meds & Tech” corridor and maintains strong connections to local hospitals and laboratories. 

Neuropsychology Concentration

If you want to be a counselor or behaviorist, but you would also like to learn more about the biological sciences, then the Neuropsychology Concentration might be for you. This track prepares students to work in the areas of neuropsychology and clinical psychology, where neuropsychological assessments are a growing and important aspect of clinical work. Carlow students studying in this area have a strong advantage over students in other neuroscience programs, because it is rare for undergraduates to have access to courses in neuropsychology, much less to learn under scholar-practitioners who regularly employ neuropsychological testing as part of their clinical practices. 

Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience with Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring (IONM) Certification

Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring (IONM) is a medical procedure performed during surgeries that can affect the functioning of the nervous system. It has been shown to significantly reduce the occurrence of neurological damage during high-risk surgeries in adult and pediatric populations. Click here to learn all about it.


Behavioral Neuroscience Major

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Locations: Main Oakland Campus


BIO 250: Genetics 

Investigate the maintenance, inheritance, transfer, and expression of genetic information at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and population levels. You will also study Mendelian genetics, bacterial genetics, the structure and function of chromosomes and genes, recombination and mutation, the control of gene expression, and population genetics. This course also provides a brief introduction to genetic engineering and biotechnology. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour lab per week.

PY 280: Cognitive Psychology

Explore the basic concepts and contemporary topics in cognitive psychology. You will cover perception, attention, pattern recognition, consciousness, memory, the representation of knowledge, language, cognitive development, thinking, artificial intelligence, and more. Traditionally, cognitive psychologists have studied these topics without full consideration of the biological mechanisms underlying each of these areas. In this course we will also examine the current research from within the area of cognitive neuroscience for a better understanding of the role these biological mechanisms play in cognition.

note: this is just a small sample of the variety of classes you'll be taking. for more details about these classes and more, please visit the Course Catalog section of our website.