Neuroscience and Behavior Major??

<p>Hey guys! I have a few questions to help narrow down my college search!</p>

<p>What are some top schools (not HYPSM more like end of 1st tier) that have a major similar to Neuroscience and Behavior? I have a 3.9 GPA and take all advanced honors and AP classes if that helps narrow down the types of competitive schools I'm looking for. I'm not looking to become a neurologist; however, I do have an interest in the relation between biology and psychology because I plan to go to med school and eventually become a forensic psychiatrist. </p>

<p>Also, do undergrad schools typically offer courses or concentrated studies in fields such as psychopharmacology or is that usually graduate level? </p>

<p>I'm also looking for a school where I could double major in environmental studies/science in case I don't end up going to med school and choose to reroute and go to law school. I am really interested in Barnard College but am open to all suggestions!</p>

<p>Also, I've had my heart set on Cornell CALS for years because I attend an ag school but am worried that their neurobiology concentration isn't what I'm looking for and that I would be stuck taking all "ag" classes instead. </p>

<p>Anyone who has any advice please help me!!! :) Thanks!</p>

<p>Most schools don't even have an undergraduate major in Neuroscience, let alone psychopharmacology. Realistically, this is what I think:</p>

<p>If you want to double major in case of changing your mind to Law or Forensics.. you should go to a school that isn't as challenging as Cornell. Barnard, maybe. What I mean is, you'll have a good chance of getting into your reach schools with your credentials, but unless you know exactly what you want to do, perhaps you should wait to go there for graduate school.
Double majoring usually works well at more lenient, state universities, and there are some very good (and prestigious if that's what you're looking for) state universities that would allow you to be more flexible with your major.</p>

<p>What I would suggest is going into Biology or some sort of more general science of your interest, and then from there you'll take classes on both areas and decide whether you like the human-specific Neuroscience or the broad ecological Environmental Science better. By the end of your undergraduate degree, you'll have figured out which way to go.</p>

<p>Since you asked about top schools, a reach school with AMAZING research programs would be the University of Washington -- Seattle.</p>

<p>WUSTL has a very popular program called PNP (Philosophy-Neurosciences-Psychology) that might be what you're looking for. Its not my area of interest so I don't have much experience with the classes, but I've heard very good things about it - here's the website for more info:</p>

<p>Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology</a> Program</p>

<p>UC Davis has a major called Neuroscience, Physiology, and Behavior (NPB) and an Environmental Studies major. </p>

<p>UC</a> Davis General Catalog | Exercise Biology & Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior Major | The Program</p>

<p>UC</a> Davis General Catalog | Environmental and Resource Sciences | The Program
UC</a> Davis General Catalog | Environmental Science and Policy | The Program</p>

<p>Thanks guys! No matter what career path I choose I know that I really want to double major in the two fields because those are my specific interests (plus my ag school would kill me if I didn't end up studying a subject related to environment/agriculture!). Are there any other schools that would be great safety schools, as well. I really would prefer urban areas where there is a lot to do; however, I understand that most colleges are not located in the best areas but that many have their own little college town. My comfort zones are NY and MA (Boston) because I live in CT and wouldn't want to travel too much to visit family, yet I don't want to be close enough that they will visit me at every opportunity :p. I'll pretty much consider anywhere where I can drive to CT within a day.</p>

<p>So far my college list is:
-Barnard or Cornell CALS (not sure which one I'll apply ED)
-Wesleyan (only considering b/c it's close to Connecticut Valley Hospital where I have connections with the chief forensic psychiatrist of CT = intern opportunities!!!)
UConn (in-state public university)
SUNY Stony Brook
SUNY Binghampton</p>

<p>Also, if anyone has time I have a question regarding my Barnard vs Cornell issue. I am truly in love with Barnard and all that it has to offer because it is a small LAC but has the resources of an Ivy League research university. I also love the Neuroscience and Behavior major and the location! However, Cornell has been my top choice for as long as I can remember. I might have an easier time getting accepted into CALS because I am enrolled in an ag-science program at my high school where I maintain the highest grade in the program. I am also heavily involved in the FFA which will definitely earn brownie points with the school. Moreover, one of my teachers is a CALS graduate and has promised to write an amazing recommendation. The opportunities that Cornell has to offer seem amazing but I am not sure if I will fit in with a group of extremely smart peers. I consider myself smart but more hardworking than anything and do not want to fail miserably at Cornell. Also, I am afraid that the grade deflation and harsh curve at Cornell may hurt my chances of getting into med school or law school because of the tough competition. </p>

<p>So my question is: Cornell or Barnard? I will probably stand out more at Cornell because I am undoubtedly a great fit for the school, but I LOVE Barnard. However, I am not sure I could get into Cornell without applying ED and I don't know that I could even get into Barnard even if I apply ED. Please help!</p>

<p>Sorry for writing so much guys!!! :)</p>

<p>Have you thought about Emory University? Emory is ranked number 20 according to US news and has a fantastic Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Major as well as Environmental Studies. The Neuroscience Program at Emory University is one of the top ranking in the country and would provide you with multiple research opportunities which would be beneficial to your undergraduate career. The Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology major (NBB) is an inter-departmental undergrad program offering a Bachelor of Science.
The NBB major combines behavioral biology with the study of how the nervous system controls body functions and cognition. Using the concepts of evolution as a unifying theme, the NBB program at Emory represents a unique interdisciplinary synthesis of the fields of Neuroscience and Behavior with those of Biology, Psychology, and Anthropology and provides a breadth and focus not found in traditional Neuroscience programs.</p>

<p>I don't know as much about the Environmental Studies Program at Emory, but I've heard good things. You can find out more information at the following websites</p>

<p>Emory</a> University Home Page
Emory</a> University | Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology
Department</a> of Environmental Studies | Emory University</p>

<p>P.S. The weather in Atlanta is great!</p>

<p>Hope this helps!</p>