Behavioral Neuroscience

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Delve into Behavioral Neuroscience: a world where neurobiology, behavior and relevant environmental contexts merge to reveal life’s most fascinating secrets about our thoughts, emotions and behaviors.

Explore what makes humans and non-human species behave in a certain way. When you study Behavioral Neuroscience at Randolph-Macon College, you’ll see how the nervous system affects everything from learning and memory to psychiatric illness.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in exciting, relevant research. R-MC's Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. SURF offers students the opportunity to conduct 10 weeks of full-time, original research during the summer months, under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

The behavioral neuroscience major prepares students for a diverse array of careers beyond the expected field of neuroscience: medical health practitioners, pharmaceuticals, education, philosophy, animal behavior, veterinary medicine and certain aspects of marketing and business in which decision-making is of interest.

In the R-MC Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory, you can explore the impact of parenting, enriched environments, chronic stress, exercise and various social interactions on behavioral and neural responses. Students also have the opportunity to study abroad, and they can participate in internships.


Our second Brain Expo 2018 at Randolph-Macon College has been a success. Over 300 participants enjoyed many fun and educational activities on how the brain works. Many thanks to all the volunteers and the participants who spent Friday morning and early afternoon with us. For more information and pictures about the event, follow the Brain Expo link.