Neuroscience at Agnes: Where Can it Take Me?


In 2010, Agnes Scott College graduated our first Neuroscience major! Since then, we have graduated over 90 Neuroscience majors! As the Neuroscience field continues to explode, the Agnes Scott Neuroscience major prepares our students for work in a variety of careers within the broad field of Neuroscience. 

Our Neuroscience major is unique! Our program is made up of faculty both in the Biology Department and the Psychology Department, covering the spectrum of topics represented in the diverse Neuroscience field, which strengthens the academic experience of our majors.  Our courses do not only focus on the knowledge necessary to understand Neuroscience, but also on the skills necessary to become a successful scientist no matter what career path. Finally, our capstone experience which allows our majors to choose a research experience or an internship that will prepare them for their individual career goals enables our students to be competitive when they graduate Agnes Scott. Because of this individual approach, our students graduate ready to achieve their career goals. Where can our major take you? 




img_2449.jpg  Where are they now? Over 70% of of our Neuroscience graduates have gone onto additional school or a career in science.
   Clinical Research Coordinator at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory
   Physical Therapists
   Masters Degrees: Computational and Applied Mathematics; Music, the Mind and the Brain; Speech Language Pathology; Global Health;                  
   PhDs in Engineering Psychology and Neuroscience
   Medical Doctors and medical students
   Research assistants at UGA and Emory

   For more stories of our Agnes Scott Neuroscience Majors, see our Neuroscience Majors Past and Present Page!





Careers requiring an Advanced Degree

Most of the careers that people associate with neuroscience require doctorate-level education. Some examples of careers for people with advanced degrees include:

Medicine (MD, DO) Food Scientist
Research Assistant Pharmacist
Dentist Veterinarian
Physical Therapist Audiologist
Optometrist Lawyer
Clinical Psychologist Professor
Neuropsychologist Chiropractor

Master's Level Careers

Many careers in neuroscience can be obtained through a Master's-level education. Some examples of careers for people with a Master's degree include:

Nurse Practitioner Neuroimaging Technician
Physician's Assistant Teacher
Genetic Counselor Epidemiology
Occupational Therapist Biostatistician
Orthotist Speech-Language Pathologist
Neural Engineer Public Health

Bachelor's Level Careers

As with most degree programs, the more practical experience that you get, the more likely it is that you will get a job in your field. Therefore, we recommend that students who do not intend to go to graduate or professional school seek out additional opportunities such as research, internships, part-time jobs, and volunteering that will strategically position them for a neuroscience-related career. Some examples of careers for people with a BS in neuroscience include:

Pharmaceutical Sales Residential Counselor
Laboratory Technician Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Psychometrist* Medical Technician*
Science Writer Clinical Research Assistant
Science Advocacy Special Education Assistant
Nonprofit Work Patient Care Assistant*
Health Educator Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician*
EEG Technologist* Lab Animal Care Technician
Medical and Science Technician Sales Engineer
Pharmacy Technician* Law Enforcement
Public Policy Natural Sciences Manager
Forensic Science Technician Advertising/Marketing

 *May require additional training or certification


Students at SpARCNeuroscience Career: What Skill Set Do You Need for These Careers?

The course work in the Neuroscience Major aims at equipping students with the knowledge of the Neuroscience as well as the skill set necessary for each career level.

1. Ability to design an effective experiment, analyze the data with statistics, draw important conclusions, and present the research.
2. Critically read scientific literature.
3. Apply knowledge learned in order to solve a problem.
4. Work in pairs or teams utilizing leadership skills.