Two New Science Concentrations Announced

Worcester, MAJune 9, 2009 – Exploring biological and psychological explanations for behavior and developing public policies on resource conservation are just some of the career paths Assumption College graduates can pursue now that the college has added two new concentrations. Interim Provost Frederick Travis announced that Assumption undergraduates can select biology with a concentration in neuroscience and behavior, and environmental science with a concentration in environmental policy, beginning this fall.

The new neuroscience-focused biology concentration introduces students to biological and psychological rationales for behavior. “It provides a strong foundation in biology, while offering an interdisciplinary approach to studying human behavior,” Travis said. “It asks the question at the core of academic inquiry at Assumption, ‘What does it mean to be human?’”

Students who choose the neuroscience concentration will be encouraged to do internships or independent studies in laboratories studying neurobiology or the biological basis of behavior. “These students will be prepared to work in the biotechnology and pharmacology industries or in other life science organizations,” Travis explained. “They could pursue graduate degrees in neuroscience or the health professions.”

While the college has offered a major in environmental science for a number of years, the new concentration in environmental policy introduces students to the principles and theory needed to develop public policies for the conservation of natural resources. “The program is designed for students who hope to make a substantial contribution to the development of green technologies and environmental sustainability,” Travis said. “The concentration combines rigorous coursework in environmental science with interdisciplinary studies in environmental policy.”

Graduates with this concentration can pursue advanced degrees in environmental science or seek employment in government agencies or industry. The new concentration in environmental policy is also excellent preparation for a career in teaching, law, or the health sciences, Travis added.

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