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You’re curious about

  • how the brain works
  • the limits – or the lack of limits – of the human mind

and that means neuroscience could be your field.

The Neuroscience certificate pairs especially well with a major in Biology or Psychology, with a focus on research, with more options available at Bethel than at many schools of comparable size or even larger.

Your liberal arts experience will equip you for

  • reading and searching scholarly literature
  • analyzing data
  • computing
  • conducting independent research
  • writing about your discoveries

and will put you on the path to a lab technician job, a health-related career, a graduate degree.

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You’ll have a variety of research options in both cognitive neuroscience and neurobiology, as well as the opportunity to work in an internship that matches your interests.

Recent Bethel neuroscience students have held internships at:

  • Via Christi Medical Center, Wichita
  • National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.
  • New York University
  • University of Minnesota

Neuroscience Certificate can open the door to a career as a laboratory technician in biology or psychology. With additional graduate or professional education, the study of neuroscience leads to a wide variety of careers.

Post-graduate careers include:

  • Research
  • Teaching in biology, psychology or neuroscience
  • Many different health and mental health professions
  • Clinical neuropsychology
  • Neurology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Psychiatry
  • Health psychology

The courses in neuropsychology, as well as biopsychology and health, are often not present in other undergraduate curricula. They provide an introduction to psychological aspects of neuroscience and integrate them with health and mental health issues.

Bradley Celestin

Assistant professor and chair of psychology and philosophy

Jennifer Janes

Adjunct instructor of psychology

Dwight Krehbiel

Emeritus professor of psychology / Adjunct instructor of psychology

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.