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Areas of Study: Neuroscience

While some institutions choose to create a separate neuroscience major, Bethel offers a Neuroscience Certificate based in its psychology and biology departments and majors, highlighting the central role of these disciplines within neuroscience. We provide a variety of research opportunities for students in both cognitive neuroscience and neurobiology – considerably more than are available at many other institutions.

Studying neuroscience requires skills in writing; reading and searching the scholarly literature; data analysis; computing; and conducting independent empirical research – as well as broad knowledge of philosophical and scientific issues that arise in the study of mind and brain. A Bethel liberal arts education is ideal for acquiring these skills and forms of knowledge. You’ll learn to understand neuroscience within a broad framework rather than as a narrow specialty.

If you’re considering a biology or psychology major, the neuroscience certificate could be the perfect addition.

The program helps prepare you for advanced study in an extremely active area of contemporary science. It’s especially useful if you’re interested in pursuing graduate study in one of many fields now devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior – neuroscience, biopsychology, neurobiology, and so on. This is also a beneficial certificate to have if you want to pursue a health-related career.


Dwight Krehbiel

Dwight Krehbiel

Professor of Psychology
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  • B.A. Bethel College 1969
  • M.S. University of Wisconsin 1975
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin 1978
Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis

Professor of Psychology, Professor of Philosophy
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  • B.A. Carthage College 1971
  • M.A. University of Chicago 1978
  • Ph.D. University of Chicago 1985
Francisca Méndez-Harclerode

Francisca Méndez-Harclerode

Associate Professor
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  • B.S. East Texas Baptist University 1996
  • M.S. Central Missouri State University 2000
  • Ph.D. Texas Tech University 2005
Jon Piper

Jon Piper

Professor of Biology and Katherine Esau Distinguished Chair in Plant Science
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  • B.S. – Biology Bates College 1979
  • Ph.D. – Botany Washington State University 1984