Neuroscience and Biomedical Sciences Accelerated Program
Neuroscience and Biomedical Sciences Program Overview
This accelerated dual degree program allows Manhattanville College students to pursue both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) in Neuroscience degree and a Master of Science (MS) in Biomedical Sciences degree in five total years of study and hands-on experience.
Manhattanville’s neuroscience major and master’s in biomedical sciences accelerated program provides undergraduate students with comprehensive training in neuroscience, memory, molecular neurobiology, genetics, and cognitive psychology through internships, laboratory work, and classroom instruction. Following this, students are exposed to advanced research and teaching experience as graduate program candidates.
This program shortens the time it takes to earn both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in a manageable and balanced format and is ideal for students seeking a solid entry point to careers and further study in neurobiology, medical research and practice, and related fields.
Neuroscience majors interested in the MS in Biomedical sciences may pursue the accelerated dual degree program by earning up to 12 graduate credits while in the final years of their undergraduate journey. Then, after completing one further year of graduate study, students will be well-equipped to start their careers with a high level of relevant knowledge and skill.
Two pathways are available for the accelerated neuroscience BS + MS degree program:
- BA Neuroscience + MS Biomedical Sciences
- BS Neuroscience + MS Biomedical Sciences
Contact Manhattanville admissions counselors for more information about the accelerated program options.
The bachelor’s degree in neuroscience alone provides a strong foundation for careers dedicated to benchwork, fieldwork, and graduate education in biology or psychology related fields. Shorten the time it takes to earn a graduate degree and jump-start an advanced scientific career by pursuing an accelerated dual degree pathway in Manhattanville’s lab experience-laden program.
Years One–Three: Pursue the BA/BS in Neuroscience bachelor’s degree program
Year Four: Begin incorporating graduate coursework in biomedical sciences and complete bachelor’s degree requirements
Year Five: Complete MS in Biomedical Sciences program requirements and graduate with both degrees
Adding intensive graduate experience and coursework to your neuroscience training adheres to educational requirements for careers in clinical research and medical sciences, and practice in neurobiology, neuropsychology, neuropharmacology, and more.
The accelerated neuroscience dual degree program content and format positions students for robust scientific research and lab experience supported by comprehensive coursework in biomedical, psychological, and physiological determinants of neurological function and dysfunction.
Requirements for the combined BA/BS in Neuroscience + MS in Biomedical Sciences program include:
- 120 undergraduate credits
- 30 graduate credits
As part of both your undergraduate and then your graduate curriculum, you’ll find ways to craft research and laboratory work experiences in neuroscientific and biological fields through independent study, capstone courses, teaching, and internships. Your choice of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science may further design your degree outcomes to allow free electives, specializations, and diverse academic experiences.
- Review requirements for the BA in Neuroscience
- Review requirements for BS in Neuroscience
- Review requirements for the MS in Biomedical Sciences
Graduate courses you’ll take for dual credit while completing neuroscience coursework include:
- Anatomy and Physiology I and II
- Biochemistry I and II
- Molecular Biology Techniques
- Molecular Neurobiology
- Principles of Genetics
Leveraging a foundation of neuroscientific concepts in a biomedical science graduate program equips students to pursue a variety of rigorous and fulfilling careers in neurobiology, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries, academic research institutions, health science, and government agencies. Completing graduate-level biomedical science research and coursework accelerates career opportunities for students interested in neuroscientific fields, including:
- Clinical Psychology
- Medical Science
While a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience alone can lead to roles such as laboratory technician or research assistant, graduates of the BA/BS in Neuroscience + MS in Biomedical Sciences degree program will be ready to tackle challenging and higher-earning roles in research and development, lab management or supervision, or healthcare.
The program also prepares students to apply to doctoral programs to pursue careers in science and medicine, such as clinical psychology, molecular biology, pharmacology, or medical programs. Advanced career pathways opened with the dual bachelor’s and master’s program include:
- Research Scientist
- PhD/PsyD Student
- Academic Research Professor
- Medical Doctor
- Physician Assistant
- Clinical Research Coordinator
Gaining a comprehensive education in both neuroscience and biomedical science enables students to demonstrate a deep understanding of the brain, its functions, and the underlying mechanisms of disease and injury that affect it. With this knowledge and hands-on laboratory experience, students will excel in mid- and high-level careers in clinical or commercial laboratories, higher education, and medical settings.
Advanced Careers in Neuromedicine
Various roles in the fields of biology, medicine, and neurology require or prefer candidates to have master’s-level education or higher. These positions often earn higher salaries, with exact compensation varying depending on location, special skills, and other factors. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Salary.com, your career may grow to potential average annual salaries such as:
- Postsecondary Teacher - $79,640
- Genetic Counselor - $80,150
- Medical Writer - $92,984
- Medical Scientist - $95,310
- Clinical Research Manager - $107,294
- Physician Assistant - $121,530
- Pharmacist - $128,570
- Medical Physician - greater than $208,000
Master’s degree programs are typically two years or longer in length. Shorten the time it takes to gain a unique set of research, analytical, and laboratory skills and reach these advanced career opportunities in neurobiology and related fields through Manhattanville’s accelerated dual degree format.
For students taking the accelerated dual degree program in neurobiology as preparation for medical and healthcare careers, Manhattanville’s Pre-Health program offers tailored professional guidance both academically and experientially.
Advisors and the Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee (PHPAC) assist accelerated neuroscience students in choosing the courses and pursuing the application components necessary for successful application to medical professional programs, including Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Dentistry, Doctor of Pharmacy, and other advanced graduate programs.
Minors and Accelerated Programs
Depending on your course load and career goals, you may be interested in adding a minor to the accelerated neurobiology BA/BS + MS degree program. Deepen your science and health knowledge and diversify your skill set with a complementary minor. Great minors for the accelerated neuroscience degree program include:
- Minor in Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental
- Minor in Computer Science
- Minor in Data Science
- Minor in Biology
- Minor in Nutrition
More accelerated program pathways are designed to set different undergraduate majors up to earn an MS in Biomedical Sciences in one extra year.
Admissions Process for Combined Neuroscience and Biomedical Sciences Program
Interested students will apply as undergraduates to Manhattanville College to become a neuroscience major. Then, students will apply to enroll in the accelerated dual degree program after completing several requirements:
- 75 undergraduate course credits
- Undergraduate overall GPA of at least 3.3
- Recommendation from a Manhattanville faculty member attesting to a strong foundation of scientific and biological knowledge and preparedness for graduate study
Accelerated Program Financial Aid
Manhattanville’s accelerated dual degree program format allows students to earn graduate credit by taking courses under their undergraduate tuition agreement, contributing to fewer necessary tuition costs as a graduate student.
Apply to the Accelerated BA/BS in Neuroscience + MS in Biomedical Sciences Degree Program
Earn a BA or BS in Neuroscience and an accelerated MS in Biomedical Sciences in five years total through Manhattanville’s career-focused dual degree program.
If you’re interested in pursuing advanced scientific and medical careers in neurology at a quicker pace, begin your undergraduate application.