Neuropsychology Major (B.S.)

http://manchester.unh.edu/academics/degree-programs/neuropsychology

Neuropsychology is the study of the human brain and its relationship to behavior. The UNH Manchester program focuses on the biological basis of human functioning in both normal and pathological states (e.g., dementia, depression, etc.) and therefore, prepares students for careers working with individuals with various mental health and neurological conditions. This interdisciplinary program offers a concentration of core and advanced courses in psychology and biology while providing sufficient flexibility for students to customize their education in order to meet specific requirements for their chosen career path, including the health professions.

The neuropsychology program prepares students for a variety of careers within the field of neuroscience, including bachelor-level positions and graduate training in research and health professions. At the bachelor-level, students are prepared for positions in healthcare (e.g., clinical laboratory technologist, psychometrician) and biomedical research (research assistant). The program is also designed to provide the flexibility needed to prepare students for graduate training in the health professions, such as being a physician, physician assistant, psychologist, neuropsychologist, or occupational therapist. Students interested in medical school are able to complete premedical requirements within four years.

Students majoring in neuropsychology must complete a minimum of 128 credits and satisfy the University's Discovery Program, and complete 56 credits in the major with a minimum of C- in each course and a 2.0 overall grade-point average in all major requirements. Three courses in the major can be used to fulfill both a major requirement and a Discovery requirement, providing students with more flexibility to customize their education.

Transfer students who elect to major in neuropsychology must complete at least 32 credits in the program at UNH to qualify for the degree in neuropsychology. The department's academic advisers will determine the distribution of these credits. Transfer students should note that courses are allotted only the number of credits granted by the original institution (after adjustments for semester-hour equivalents). Thus, students transferring from an institution at which courses carry less than four credits each must make up for any credit deficit created by acceptance of transfer credits into the neuropsychology major.

Specific course selections should be discussed with the adviser. Exceptions to the requirements for the major require a petition to the department.

Program Requirements

Core Courses in Psychology and Biology
BIOL 413
BIOL 414
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology II (both with lab)
8
CHEM 403General Chemistry I (with lab)4
GEN 604Principles of Genetics4
PSYC 401Introduction to Psychology 14
PSYC 402Statistics in Psychology4
PSYC 502Research Methods in Psychology4
PSYC 531Psychobiology4
PSYC 705Tests and Measurement4
Advanced Courses in Psychology and Biology
Select three of the following:12
Pharmacology 2
Neurobiology of Mood Disorders
Visual Perception
Psychology of Consciousness
Brain and Behavior (with lab)
Drugs and Behavior 2
Attention Disorders
Advanced Topics (A [Natural Science], B [Cognition], or D [Biological/Sensory])
Advanced Elective in Psychology
Select one of the following:4
Psychology of Language
Health Psychology
Counseling
Advanced Topics (D [Abnormal/Counseling] or G [Adult Development])
Capstone Requirement
PSYC 793Internship (at approved site)4
or PSYC 795 Independent Study
Total Credits56
1

If used to fulfill SS Discovery requirement, students must take PSYC 511 Sensation and Perception, PSYC 513 Cognitive Psychology, or PSYC 561 Abnormal Behavior.

2

Students can either take BSCI 680 Pharmacology or PSYC 733 Drugs and Behavior for major credit, but not both.

For more information about the neuropsychology program, contact Daniel Seichepine, Ph.D., program coordinator, at Daniel.Seichepine@unh.edu or contact the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions at (603) 641-4150.