Neuroscience is one of the most rapidly expanding fields in both behavioral and natural sciences

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience at St. Edward's University study the multidisciplinary nature of behavioral neuroscience, master a set of laboratory skills and methodology, and study the intricacies of behavior. The Behavioral Neuroscience degree is a good fit for students who are interested in professional or research careers in medicine, pharmaceuticals, animal science, neurology, and neuroscience. Many pre-health students find this major a good fit because the degree requirements align with graduate school requirements. This also is helpful for students interested in pursuing other types of advanced degrees.


Students in the Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience often pursue professional and graduate studies. This degree equips students with an array of laboratory skills, experimental design and data analysis skills, and a broad base in STEM and behavioral sciences. 

Our students seek careers in areas such as:

  • Government research labs
  • Private research facilities
  • Pharmacological research and development
  • Careers in clinical science
  • Allied health fields

There are opportunities to pursue careers in all of these areas in both the U.S. and abroad.

Outside of the Classroom

All students are encouraged to pursue research with one of the St. Edward's University faculty members or other neuroscience researchers in the area. 

The Research and Field Experience course requires students to work 120 hours in the field doing either research or an internship in a related setting. Some internships are clinical, such as a mental health and addiction facility. Some are in the biomedical fields, such as hospitals, physical therapy clinics, and other similar settings. 

We have several students engaged in the McNair Scholars program, the National Science Foundation (NSF) summer research programs, and related summer research projects, as well as ongoing research during the academic year.

Students present their research at conferences regionally, such as the Texas Academy of Sciences and Southwestern Psychological Association. They also have the opportunity to present at conferences nationally and internationally, such as the Society for Neuroscience and the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology.

Meet the Faculty

The faculty are trained in a variety of behavioral specialties in human and non-human animals, cellular and systems neuroscience, and clinical research.

Psychology Faculty

  • Jessica Boyette-Davis - Pain systems, addiction
  • Mike Disch - Sensation and perception, vision, decision making
  • Katy Goldey - Stress and hormones, motivation and emotion, sexual selection
  • Delia Paskos - Cognitive neuroscience, event related potentials, ADHD

Biology Faculty

  • Raelynn Deaton Haynes - Evolution of mating systems, human mate selection
  • Fidelma O’Leary - Molecular neuroscience, learning and memory, disease models