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Psychology vs. Neuroscience

MissPickwickianMissPickwickian Posts: 440Registered User Member
edited July 2010 in Other College Majors
Okay, so I'm going to a school with a neuroscience major and a psychology major. Both are good programs, but the school doesn't let students double up with them. In other words, I have to choose. I know that I'll have an academic advisor to help me, but there's nothing wrong with getting advice beforehand, right? :)

I'm interested in earning advanced degrees and going into the field of autism research. I want to be competitive in grad school admissions and in the growing "autism jobs" market.

I enjoy hard medical science (I read medical reference texts for fun), the social sciences (I'm always interpreting my friends' dreams), AND the humanities (I read Dickens for fun, too). I think that they are all important in helping us understand the human mind.

My background in math is sketchy; Algebra II was almost impossible for me. However, I ADORED my high school chemistry and biology classes. My background in the humanities is excellent.

Since my school is in Georgia, many of the neuro majors get internships at the CDC. That would, of course, be huge.

Any thoughts?
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Replies to: Psychology vs. Neuroscience

  • MissPickwickianMissPickwickian Posts: 440Registered User Member
    Sincerest apologies for the bump.
  • TheRippaTheRippa Posts: 240Registered User Junior Member
    I think if you can "tolerate" the calculus requirements, go for neuroscience. Don't some schools offer "behavioral neuroscience", which essentially combines psychology and the necessary biology? Your best bet might be to major in psychology, then pick and choose which neuroscience classes to take.
  • pandempandem Posts: 1,364Registered User Senior Member
    Do neuroscience. Psychology is, for all intents and purposes, a useless degree. Whether you go to grad school or not, you'll be better served by neuro.
  • CandyStoreeCandyStoree Posts: 2Registered User New Member
    Psychology is not a useless degree.
  • EwEEwE Posts: 94Registered User Junior Member
    I say neuroscience, it includes plenty of psychology within the field. Not so much vice-versa. You'll be getting a broader view of the subject on the mind/brain and you'll be more immersed within the scientific community. A lot of people are taking psychology now, it's one of the most common, if not THE most popular major. Neuroscience is very cutting edge and more unique of a program. You will discover more interesting things. Good Luck!
  • MissPickwickianMissPickwickian Posts: 440Registered User Member
    UPDATE: I choose neuroscience. I talked to some current students and found that neuroscience came more highly recommended because of the internships and the cross-disciplinary nature of the major. I also made careful study of the requirements and recommendations listed on the college website and decided that neuroscience, if combined with a creative writing minor (I know, I know), would allow me to explore all my interests more fully than a psychology major. Things already mentioned on this thread also factored in my decision, as did my gender - women in science are in high demand these days.
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