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Major in Neuroscience

Program Overview

Degree Type

Bachelor of Science

Department Name

Psychology and Neuroscience

Department Chair Name

Onarae Rice

Department Assistant Name

Donna Greene

What is a neuroscience degree?

It’s the hub for thought, learning, emotions and dreams, and it tells us how to respond to sensory cues. Dive into the charted and as yet uncharted territory of the brain to unravel mysteries of the body’s command center. Explore the far reaches of the nervous system to understand the relationship between the brain and behaviors.

Why study neuroscience at Furman?

If you have a passion for the “what,” “why” and “how” of the brain’s superpowers, you’ve landed in the right place. Conduct hands-on research with your professors in small classrooms and labs to uncover answers to new questions or build on existing research. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.

How will you learn?

Working with faculty, neuroscience majors delve into the parallels between the brains of other organisms and those of humans. Researchers in the Furman Sleep Lab look at the purpose of our dreams and how they impact learning. Still other students analyze more effective ways to prevent overdose from the use of pain-managing opioids. Study away in Denmark or Australia, or do research-based summer study internships at Prisma Health, Stanford or Harvard.

Careers for neuroscience majors

Inherently multidisciplinary, a neuroscience degree prepares you for a range of careers from medicine to pharmacology.

Some of the paths our graduates have taken include:

  • Medicine, including neurology
  • Genetics
  • Pharmacology
  • Scientific writing
  • MRI technology
  • Neuroimaging
  • Sleep physician or specialist
  • Psychology
  • Pharmacist

Neuroscience courses: What will you study?

Sample courses include:

Neurobiology

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Functional Neuroanatomy

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100%
students who conduct neuroscience internships or research
75%
students who have been admitted to medical school or Ph.D. programs
12
average number of majors per graduating class

What our students say

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“What sets neuroscience at Furman apart from other majors and what makes it so special is the cross-curricular aspect of our studies. I get excited when something from one of my psychology classes ties into what I’m also learning in chemistry or biology. This major lays a wide foundation for so many – Brenna Outten ’22, Goldwater Scholar

Our faculty

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s neuroscience faculty represent decades of study and field expertise. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

  • Victoria Turgeon
    Title:

    Professor of Biology, Academic Director of Prisma Partnerships

    Victoria Turgeon

    Victoria Turgeon
    Title:

    Professor of Biology, Academic Director of Prisma Partnerships

    Phone Number: 8642943791

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  • Onarae Rice
    Title:

    Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

    Onarae Rice

    Onarae Rice
    Title:

    Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

    Phone Number: 8642942382

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  • Veronica Flores
    Title:

    Professor, Psychology

    Veronica Flores

    Veronica Flores
    Title:

    Professor, Psychology

    Phone Number: 8642942431

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  • Linnea Freeman
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Biology

    Linnea Freeman

    Linnea Freeman
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Biology

    Phone Number: 8642943084

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  • David M. Hollis
    Title:

    Professor of Biology

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    David M. Hollis
    Title:

    Professor of Biology

    Phone Number: 8642942306

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  • Erin J. Wamsley
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Psychology

    Erin Wamsley

    Erin J. Wamsley
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Psychology

    Phone Number: 8642943218

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  • FAQ

    What can you do with a neuroscience degree?

    Inherently multidisciplinary, a neuroscience degree prepares you for a range of careers from medicine to pharmacology. Some of the paths Furman’s neuroscience graduates have taken include medicine, genetics, pharmacology, scientific writing, neuroimaging and psychology.

    What is the average salary for neuroscience majors?

    Neuroscience majors in the U.S., on average, earn $46,003 a year – although top earners can make over $81,000 a year, according to zippia.com.

    How long does it take to earn a B.A. in neuroscience?

    The neuroscience B.S. program at Furman is a four-year program.

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