Program Overview

Discover the Link Between Brain and Behavior

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.

Admission Requirements

Learn more about Rider’s application process.

How to apply

View first-year admission requirements, application deadlines and steps to apply.

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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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Major Requirements

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

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.)

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. 

How to Apply

View requirements, application deadlines and steps to apply.

Engaged Learning

Learning by doing. That’s the driving principle behind Engaged Learning at Rider. It’s where theory meets practice, giving you the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and insights you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world situations and professional settings.

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Transferring to Rider

Interested in transferring to Rider for biology, behavioral neuroscience or health sciences?

Visit the Community College Agreements page to see the community colleges Rider partners with and the courses that transfer for each major. 


Behavioral Neuroscience (B.S.)

Paul Jivoff

Professor and Chairperson

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pjivoff [at]


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