Want to go into neuroscience - should I do a biology or psychology degree

Watch this thread
blossomx
Badges: 20
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#1
Report Thread starter 7 years ago
#1
I am two weeks into my psychology degree and I'm really liking my introduction to neuroscience class and I feel like I've finally discovered what kind of area I want to work in when I graduate. I have also been taking a biology class which I've been enjoying. I'm not sure whether to switch courses onto biology?

Which course would be more relevant for neuroscience? I can choose school-wide options during my first two years so I will still be able to take my introduction to neuroscience class no matter what. However, I'm not sure whether I should graduate with a BSc in psychology or biological sciences.

Any advice please? If I do switch courses it will have to be done before the end of the week.
0
reply
Juichiro
Badges: 18
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#2
Report 7 years ago
#2
Biology hands down. If you have time, read about neurobiology.
0
reply
Doctor_Einstein
Badges: 19
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#3
Report 7 years ago
#3
(Original post by LeaX)
I am two weeks into my psychology degree and I'm really liking my introduction to neuroscience class and I feel like I've finally discovered what kind of area I want to work in when I graduate. I have also been taking a biology class which I've been enjoying. I'm not sure whether to switch courses onto biology?

Which course would be more relevant for neuroscience? I can choose school-wide options during my first two years so I will still be able to take my introduction to neuroscience class no matter what. However, I'm not sure whether I should graduate with a BSc in psychology or biological sciences.

Any advice please? If I do switch courses it will have to be done before the end of the week.
Definitely switch to biology. Most biological and physical scientists view psychology as a social pseudoscience.
0
reply
Annii
Badges: 0
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#4
Report 7 years ago
#4
Hi, I was in a VERY similar position a couple of months ago, thinking which one would be better to do. Although there is quite a bit of neuroscience covered in psychology degrees it is still more 'psychology-based' rather than 'scientifically-based'. And as you probably know, neuroscience is more towards the scientific side of things which means a biological sciences or similar biology degree would be more suitable as a foundation to start from and also more likable to admission tutors.

Considering you want to go into neuroscience, I assume you know that a PhD or Masters is the next step and having done some research on their requirements, I found out that most of them prefer a "biology/biological sciences/any pure scientific" degree, although they do also consider psychology, engineering and other related backgrounds.

You would be better off doing a biological sciences that's what I finally chose to do anyway x

Posted from TSR Mobile
0
reply
iammichealjackson
Badges: 18
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#5
Report 7 years ago
#5
(Original post by LeaX)
I am two weeks into my psychology degree and I'm really liking my introduction to neuroscience class and I feel like I've finally discovered what kind of area I want to work in when I graduate. I have also been taking a biology class which I've been enjoying. I'm not sure whether to switch courses onto biology?

Which course would be more relevant for neuroscience? I can choose school-wide options during my first two years so I will still be able to take my introduction to neuroscience class no matter what. However, I'm not sure whether I should graduate with a BSc in psychology or biological sciences.

Any advice please? If I do switch courses it will have to be done before the end of the week.
Psychology degrees just don't cover the amount of biochemistry and cell biology you will need to know for some aspects of neuroscience. Neuroscience is really broad though: psychology will prepare you well for behavioural/cognitive aspects of it, but not for the more "biological" aspects. If its too late to swap now, you could try to move degrees in your second year, or do a masters in neuroscience!
0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

Year 12s - where are you at with making decisions about university?

I’ve chosen my course and my university (10)
31.25%
I’ve chosen my course and shortlisted some universities (11)
34.38%
I’ve chosen my course, but not any universities (2)
6.25%
I’ve chosen my university, but not my course (1)
3.13%
I’ve shortlisted some universities, but not my course (2)
6.25%
I’m starting to consider my university options (5)
15.63%
I haven’t started thinking about university yet (0)
0%
I’m not planning on going to university (1)
3.13%

Watched Threads

View All