Smiling female student working in the lab

Many of our graduates choose to pursue advanced studies leading to M.S., Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M., D.P.T. and other clinically related degrees for subsequent employment in academia, industry, and government as well as numerous medically-related occupations such as neurology, clinical neuropsychol­ogy, neurorehabilitation, among other health science professions.

You'll be well prepared to compete in a wide range of job markets at the bachelor's level as scientists and technicians in biotechnology, biomedical research, hospital and pharmaceutical laboratories, and other private sector, academic, and government research and development occupations. The interdisciplinary background obtained through this major also prepares students for other types of careers such as science teaching, science writ­ing and editing, consulting, medical equipment and pharmaceutical sales, and social and governmental agencies providing much needed support of clinically challenged populations such as people with brain or spinal cord injur.

Finding expert mentors paves way for career preparation

Summer Atkinson is grateful that she found several mentors at UVM whose advice led her to an unanticipated but fulfilling career. As a high school senior from East Lyme, Conn., Atkinson was accepted to several schools in Massachusetts and Vermont. She fell in love with Burlington and elected to enroll at UVM as an undeclared major. “Being undeclared was such a great experience for me because I was able to take courses in things like gender studies, environmental science, and a lot of other things I was interested in but hadn’t been exposed to before. I think that allowed me to really explore what my interests were.” Read more of Summer Atkinson's story.

Advanced lab experience leads to pharma career

Gain Robinson ’12 was in the middle of class when he got a phone call from a hiring manager at Merck about a job opportunity at the company. After excusing himself from room, Robinson was invited to elaborate on his activities at UVM. “Well, I perform brain surgery on rats,” he replied. He also described the learning and memory research skills he had picked up as a neuroscience major at UVM. Robinson got the job, and since his hiring in 2012 has risen from associate scientist to scientist to senior scientist at Merck Research Laboratories in Boston. He credits his rigorous lab experience at UVM as key preparation for his role in identifying translational biomarkers that can lead to new drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease and a variety of cancers. Read more of Gain Robinson's story.


Discovering abundant research options

I grew up in Barre, Vermont and am excited to be back in my home state! I majored in psychology at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, and spent two years following graduation in Boulder, Colorado. During college, I knew that I was interested in research and immediately got involved in Dr. Kinho Chan’s lab. There, I explored the effects of hippocampal lesion on trace conditioning and investigated how a high fat diet can affect cognitive performance. I presented at conferences and found that I loved being part of a lab. During the summer of 2010, I worked as a SNURF (summer neuroscience undergraduate research fellow) at the University of Vermont, where I examined how exercise can affect the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis, an anxiety center of the brain. Currently, I work in John Green’s lab where I have explored both cerebellar learning and medial prefrontal cortex learning in separate collaborations with the Morielli lab and the Bouton lab. 

After UVM

Our curriculum provides a comprehensive introduction to topics of high interest to the field of neuroscience and many of the professional skills needed for post-graduation career options. The following are just a few examples of topics you can pursue:

  • molecular, cellular, physiological and biochemical processes underlying nervous system functioning, psychological processes, and behavior; and clinical phenomena associated with nervous system dysfunction.
  • an understanding of scientific methods including experimental design and associated statistical methods used by neuroscientists to study brain-behavior functions.
  • oral and written skills needed to communicate with professional and nonprofessional people, and an awareness of and an ability to consider ethical issues associated with neuroscience.