Thanks for your interest in the Neuroscience and Behavior (NSB) program at UNH! We hope this document answers most of your questions, but feel free to direct others to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the NSB major?
The Neuroscience and Behavior (NSB) is an interdisciplinary program that is co-coordinated by the Dept. of Biological Sciences and the Dept. of Psychology. It is for students interested in neuroscience, animal behavior, and human behavior from a biological perspective.
Does it matter if I am in the College of Liberal Arts (COLA) or the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA)?
Not at all! The requirements and the experience are the same regardless of your College. There are NSB students in both Colleges because the Dept. of Psychology is in COLA and the Dept. of Biological Sciences is in COLSA.
Can I be an NSB major and still be pre-med/pre-vet?
Absolutely, and many NSB students are. There is a significant overlap between the requirements of the major and those of numerous post-graduate programs, including medical and veterinary school. The NSB major was designed with the understanding that many of our students go on to pursue these degrees.
What do NSB students do after they graduate?
Many of our students pursue post-graduate programs, such as medical or veterinary school (described above), Master’s, Ph.D., physician’s assistant, optometry, Pharm.D., nursing and dental programs. Others take industry jobs, such as with biotech firms or pharmaceutical companies.
Many students, particularly very recent graduates, pursue research experiences. The settings of these experiences can range from medical research facilities to field research on wild populations, from government organizations to non-profits to private firms. Still, others find positions doing animal training or care, wildlife management, or environmental education. This is only a sample of what NSB alumni are doing!
Do NSB students participate in undergraduate research?
Yes! It is not a requirement, but we encourage it and many do because it is one of our program’s (and our University’s!) greatest strengths. We offer students numerous opportunities to participate in research, beginning as early as freshman year if a student wishes. Whether you want to work in a laboratory or outside studying wild populations, we can accommodate you! Student research is typically showcased at UNH’s Undergraduate Research Conference in the spring.
Can I study abroad and still graduate in four years?
Definitely, and many NSB students do. The NSB major was designed to be flexible and accommodating, and the NSB faculty are fully supportive of pursuing other educational opportunities such as studying abroad. With proper discussions with your Academic Advisor, this can easily be worked into the NSB curriculum.
Can I be an NSB major and also have a minor?
Like studying abroad, we support you in pursuing other academic interests, and the NSB major leaves plenty of room for completing a minor. Some NSB students minor in something related to the NSB major, such as Psychology, and others minor in unrelated fields, such as a foreign language or fine art.
Do NSB students take a lot of laboratory courses?
Yes—the NSB major is fundamentally a science major, and laboratory courses give students hands-on experience that strengthens students’ understanding of the material.
How many NSB students are there?
There are typically around 160 NSB students—it is a popular and growing major!
Is there an Honors option?
Yes: for all UNH majors, there is an Honors-in-Major option. UNH also offers a University Honors Program.
Can I use AP credits to fulfill major requirements?
It depends on which AP courses and what your exam scores are. There are options for fulfilling statistics, physics, and some chemistry requirements with certain AP exam scores. NSB students rarely do this, because it severely limits your postgraduate degree options and may leave you feeling unprepared in upper-level classes. AP Biology credits may not be used to place out of the introductory biology courses.
What makes the NSB program different from other science majors?
Aside from differences in the courses students take and the material covered, the NSB program’s greatest strengths are its flexibility, its interdisciplinary nature, and its opportunities for experiential learning. You can tailor the major to your interests and career goals through your choice of electives, and there is plenty of room for fulfilling additional requirements for postgraduate programs, studying abroad, and completing a minor.
Having faculty from four departments (Biological Sciences, Psychology, Communication Sciences & Disorders, and Medical, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences) provides NSB students with an incredible range of perspectives, advising, and research/learning opportunities. Regardless of whether you participate in undergraduate research for four years, opt not to do it at all, or something in between, the NSB major will give you hands-on experience and skills that you can take with you far beyond UNH.