Program overview

Develop your knowledge of the structure and function of the brain to understand the complex relationship between the brain and behavior in humans and animals. Learn from engaged, Ph.D. level faculty who’ll serve as your mentors in the classroom and research colleagues in the field.

Learning in the sciences

Rider behavioral neuroscience graduates excel. Our unique blend of classroom training and engaging field experiences allow our alumni to embark on exciting careers in the field or advance to leading graduate and professional schools nationwide.

Our graduates can be found working and learning at:

  • Princeton University
  • Syneos Health
  • St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center
  • Emory University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • New York University
  • The University of Pennsylvania
  • Penn State University
  • University of Buffalo
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Program requirements

Our program explains foundational concepts in biological sciences through interdisciplinary coursework, laboratory courses and extensive opportunities for applied learning.

Experiences to prepare you

We emphasize beginning your laboratory and fieldwork experiences early in your college career. Take part in Rider’s three-week internship courses offered through the Capital Health System hospitals, participate in summer research alongside your favorite professor and benefit from other off-site internship opportunities. 

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Career opportunities

Careers you could pursue with a degree in behavioral neuroscience are listed below. Click on the career title to watch professionals in the field share their personal career experience and advice.

Isana Fils-Aime
I came to Rider wanting to pursue one profession, but I discovered another pathway. My internship experiences opened my eyes to the many options in medicine: they helped me discover what I truly want to do.
Isana Fils-Aime '17
Behavioral Neuroscience (B.S.)

Financial aid resources

Learn more about financial aid, tuition and the various options we offer to make your college education affordable.


Behavioral Neuroscience (B.S.)

Paul Jivoff

Professor, Department Chair

Department of Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience and Health Sciences

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pjivoff [at]


Academic Focus: Biology

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