Using an interdisciplinary approach, neuroscientists seek to understand the organization, development and function of the brain and nervous system, while also developing an understanding of the psychological responses-like behavior, cognition and emotion-these systems perform. By studying these normal brain processes, neuroscientists also hope to better understand the many devastating neurological and psychiatric disorders. At Emmanuel, students interested in neuroscience often pursue significant applied opportunities in diverse academic areas including psychology, biology, chemistry, statistics, physics and genetics.
2013-2014 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions. Requirements for a Major in Psychology
PSYCH1501 General Psychology
PSYCH2209 Physiological Bases of Behavior
PSYCH2801 Methods and Statistics I
PSYCH2802 Methods and Statistics II
Additional Requirements for a Concentration in Neuroscience
BIOL2135 Anatomy and Physiology I
CHEM1101 Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM1102 Principles of Chemistsry II
PSYCH2405 Health Psychology
Or PSYCH3210 Child Psychopathology
Or PSYCH3212 Adult Psychopathology
BIOL3137 Medical Neuroscience
Or BIOL4160 Seminar
PSYCH4478 Senior Directed Study
Or PSYCH4496 Internshp in Psychology
With departmental approval, psychology majors may substitute BIOL1110 and BIOL1111 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II for PSYCH2209 Physiological Bases of Behavior.
Once students declare their major and are assigned an advisor, they should consult with their department advisor as soon as possible.
Learning Goals + Outcomes
The psychology department’s Learning Goals are based in the Principles for Quality Undergraduate Psychology Programs, a report put out by the American Psychological Association, which “recognizes the importance of undergraduate education in advancing psychology as a science, promoting human welfare, and fostering students’ growth and development,” (
APA.org). Each goal is broadly articulated, with the recognition that the content, depth, and breadth of the course are dependent upon a number of factors (e.g., 1000–4000-level).
Knowledge and Critical Engagement in Psychology: Students will understand and can apply the major concepts, theoretical perspectives (biological, behavioral, cognitive, developmental, and social), empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology, as well as the APA Code of Ethics.
Research Methods in Psychology: Students will be able to engage in research design, sampling, data collection, data analysis and interpretation.
Information and Technological Literacy: Students will be proficient in the use of information and technology for many purposes relevant to the field of Psychology.
Communication Skills: Students will be proficient in written and oral communication in a variety of formats for educational and professional purposes.
Personal and Professional Development: Students will understand the links between personal and professional values, knowledge and skills, and aca- demic and career goals.
To further articulate how each goal is addressed within the Psychology program course structure, Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are articulated for each course that is part of the major and minor. Bloom’s taxonomy was used as a framework for distinguishing the level of skill or knowledge expected within the given course. These levels are: Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating and Creating. The student learning outcomes reflect both the Psychology program goals and the level of learning expected for each goal. The departmental goals and course-specific student learning outcomes are included in all course syllabi.
Students who earn concentrations in neuroscience are able to work as research assistants and research coordinators upon graduation. With graduate study, students are qualified for a variety of careers such as neuroscientist, psychiatrist, pharmacologist and cell biologist.
Learn more about career paths open to students of psychology through the
Emmanuel College Career Center.