Thinking about the Skills and Knowledge of a Neuroscientist
Synthetic Thinking: neuroscience students are constantly working and thinking across disciplinary boundaries. In practice, this means that they know how to integrate data, and sometimes quite different modes of thinking—from biology and physiology to chemistry, anatomy, and more, when producing insights.
Collaborative and Independent Project Management: the extensive lab work and research required of NSB majors provides students with many opportunities to execute projects from beginning to end— both as an individual (showing that they know how to work independently) and collaboratively (demonstrating that scientific research requires teamwork and coordination).
Communicating Science: cross-disciplinary research requires communication (and sometimes translation) of research findings to a diverse audience. To communicate clearly about complex scientific concepts demonstrates a deep undertsanding of the subject matter, as well as an ability to identify and address the needs of various stakeholders (be it, fellow scientists, students, clients, or others).
What does a degree in Neuroscience & Behavior mean after leaving Barnard?
Neuroscience and Behavior students represent one of the largest and most intellectually diverse groups at Barnard. With extensive research experience and strong skills in data analysis, neuroscientists can position themselves for a wide variety of next steps after graduation.
The most common first destination for NSB majors is often to conduct more research in lab settings. And certainly, many students apply for graduate and professional school. But with the skills and knowledge generated in the neuroscience program NSB alumnae have found careers in fields like advertising, teaching, consulting, various forms of analysis, digital strategy, public relations, politics, and an array of others.