One who studies psychology or neuroscience seeks to understand the complexities and processes of the mind as a pathway to understanding humans’ perceptions, motivations, attitudes, and behaviours. DePauw students who major in psychology or neuroscience take a scientific approach to address physiology, cognitive function, social influence, organizational behaviour, mental disorders, and treatment.
Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes approached from physiological, cognitive, behavioural, social, and applied perspectives. Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system and integrates knowledge from biology, chemistry, the cognitive and social sciences, computer science, and allied disciplines. Students in both majors receive training in the scientific approach. It has been applied to studying such topics as the structure and function of the nervous system, perception, learning, motivation, memory, development, social influence, attitudes, organizational behavior, and mental disorders and treatments. Understanding how these topics have been investigated scientifically requires the development of critical thinking skills, quantitative reasoning skills, and speaking and writing abilities necessary to communicate research knowledge to others and an appreciation for the ethical issues involved in research and practice. These skills are developed throughout the curriculum for the Psychology and Neuroscience majors; demonstrated competence in Statistics and Research Methods is essential for success in both study areas. Our majors have successful careers in research, counseling and teaching, medicine, business, journalism, and law.
Career counsellor, Clinical counsellor, Human resources practitioner, Lawyer, Researcher/research coordinator, Salesperson/marketer, School psychologist, Social worker/case manager.