The training you receive in the collateral major in neuroscience is valuable for many career areas that require a bachelor's or more advanced degrees. Most careers are health- or mental health-related. Neuroscience-related careers for students with a bachelor’s degree include mental health, community health and rehabilitation services, as well as substance abuse counseling, research technologists and medical or pharmaceutical sales representatives. Students who pursue more advanced degrees enter careers as mental health and substance abuse counselors; occupational and physical therapists; public health professionals; research scientists; academicians; dentists; physicians; psychiatrists; physician assistants; and biomedical engineers. Coe grads with neuroscience majors are very likely to pursue graduate study.
In our 2018 graduating class, over 80% of our students will start their advanced study during the next academic year or within the next three years. For those not attending graduate school next year, several will be working as research technologists, an emergency medical technologist and an inpatient behavioral health — unit coordinator. One of our graduates will be a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Laos before pursuing medical school. And, two of our students will be working with animals, one as an equine caretaker at the Iowa State Veterinary Medical Hospital and another will have an internship in marine biology at a nationally recognized aquarium.
Some notable alumni include:
- Kayla Rohr (2015) Neuroscience PhD candidate at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Studies cellular communication between neurons in the master clock and how these signals are integrated to control circadian rhythms throughout the brain and body.
- Berlin Mendez (2017) PhD candidate, University of Iowa, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience
- Louis Balcziak (2017) PhD candidate, University of Iowa, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience
- Jenna Kelly (2017) PhD candidate, University of Iowa, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience