Why Study Biopsychology at New College?

 The strength of New Colleges’ faculty in psychology, biology and neurobiology, our waterfront location on the Gulf of Mexico, and our close proximity to several leading conservation and research institutions combine to create an ideal learning environment for students interested in Biopsychology.

Faculty within the program are all experts in their fields, whose research has been featured in a wide variety of academic journals and publications, like Science, as well as in such popular media as the New York Times and CNN. As importantly, they are all expert teachers and mentors who are there to help you with questions about graduate school preparation, internship and research opportunities, and recommendations for careers that would be a good fit for your interests and skills. And because they get to know you as a person, not just as a student in class, they can write the type of detailed letters of recommendation that graduate schools and employers seek.

Our faculty also regularly engage students as assistants in their research, both locally and internationally, giving you the opportunity to help collect data, analyze findings, and even earn co-authorships in academic articles. One of our faculty is among the world’s leading experts on dolphin cognition, while another is equally recognized for his research on hearing and behavior in manatees, dolphins, loggerhead turtles and humpback whales. Still others are experts in the fields of neurobiology, coral reef ecology, oceanography, and the behaviors and interactions of both terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates.

Students in our Biopsychology program also benefit from New College’s close proximity and professional partnerships with leading conservation and research organizations like Mote Marine Laboratory, the Roskamp Institute and the Lemur Conservation Foundation. Mote is one of the nation’s leading oceanographic research facilities, while the Roskamp Institute is quickly gaining recognition as a leader in understanding the causes and finding cures for neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders, like Alzheimer’s Disease. The Lemur Conservation Foundation is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of lemurs, the endangered primates indigenous to the island of Madagascar.

In addition to these local resources, Biopsychology students have recently participated in internships and field research with the following regional, national and international organizations: Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation (ITEC), Vanderbilt Neuroscience Lab, Chimp Haven, Dolphin Research Center, Dolphins Plus, Navy Marine Mammal Program, University of Miami Hearing Lab, University of Miami Touch Lab, and  the Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

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New College students have done thesis research focusing on hermit crabs, lemurs, fish, octopi, dolphins, horseshoe crabs, coral, manatees, dogs, cats, and spiders.

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