What Can I Do with My Neurobiology Major?

Overview

The neurobiology major focuses on the brain and the brain’s development. The program includes coursework and research in molecular, cellular, developmental, cognitive and behavioral neurobiology, and examines the intersections of these areas, along with psychology. The major is research-intensive, and students who major in neurobiology are required to get into research earlier than students in other biology majors. Enrolling in tutorial research their junior year and conducting a senior thesis in the following year allows students to conduct research in neurobiology from the molecular and cellular to the behavioral levels.

Graduates are prepared for advanced study in biological sciences, particularly neuroscience, medicine, business or law, as well as professions in education and biotechnology.

Skills

The study of biology allows for the development of a core set of skills sought after by employers in a wide range of occupational settings. A sampling of representative skills and abilities follows.

Critical Thinking

  • Interpret and critique scientific text, presentations, and primary literature
  • Structure and place understanding with appropriate references to literature
  • Speculate on meanings of data and on possible future directions
  • Ability to relate biology to other disciplines

Communication

  • Present scientific understanding to both scientific and general audiences
  • Speak and write precisely
  • Present scientific ideas arguing from evidence
  • Stimulate interest of audience

Research

  • Design and perform experiments
  • Construct mathematical models in order to test scientific hypotheses
  • Use a variety of sources to develop questions and hypotheses
  • Collection and presentation of data
  • Construct, evaluate, and interpret both qualitative and quantitative data
Sample Internship Opportunities
  • Government agencies/Government relations (e.g., National Institutes for Health, Institute of Biotechnology, Environmental Science, and Computing)
  • Nonprofit agencies (e.g., Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History)
  • Healthcare (e.g., Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy)
  • Biotechnology (e.g. Millennium Pharmaceuticals)

Where are Georgetown Neurobiology Majors Now?

  • Medical Laboratory Assistant
  • Pharmaceutical salesperson
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Medical Doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Secondary teacher
  • Professor
  • Biotechnologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Pharmaceutical researcher and developer
  • Government agency researcher or administrator
  • Veterinarian
  • Zoologist
Relevant Web Sites and Publications
Professional Organizations

For information about career options, internship and full-time opportunities, contact the Career Education Center at One Leavey Center, (202) 687-3493. For more information about the major and degree requirements, contact the Department of Biology at Reiss Science Building, Room 406, or via e-mail at biology@georgetown.edu, or call (202) 687-6247.