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Ramapo College Announces Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 3, 2022

Neuroscience Faculty and Students

MAHWAH, N.J. – Ramapo College of New Jersey is pleased to announce its newest undergraduate program, a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, effective immediately.

Students will gain an understanding of the organization of the nervous system as well as an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience and the study of mind, brain, and behavior.

“Students entering our new Neuroscience major will explore the mysteries of the brain from the behavioral to the cellular level,” said Christian Reich, Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology, convener of the program. “The interdisciplinary nature of the program will enable students to connect what is happening biologically to what is happening psychologically.”

Courses offered will allow students to explore the interaction between neural structure and function via the brain’s relation to behaviors such as motor control, basic sensory processes (e.g., audition, proprioception, and vision), higher cognition (e.g., attention, memory, learning and language) and emotional processing. Major theories of brain-behavior relations will be studied.

Courses required for the major include Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Biology, General Chemistry, Psychology of Perception, Neuropsychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience.

Students will be engaged in faculty-guided neuroscience research.

“This is an opportunity for us to continue to fulfill our mission of creating scholars through hands-on and highly disciplinary instruction,” said Aaron Lorenz, Dean of Ramapo’s School of Social Sciences and Human Services. “Whether it’s psychology, health and disease, biomedical research, or any fields connected to brain and behavior, students are now positioned to shape the future of neuroscience right here in New Jersey and beyond.”

A degree in Neuroscience can lead to careers in multiple scientific careers in both clinical settings (e.g., medicine, audiology, speech language pathology, physical and occupational therapy, among others.) and research (e.g., pharmaceutical, biotechnology, academic).

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About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Niche.com.

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com. Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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