Undergraduate Major Details

Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior

What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior major is in the College of Biological Sciences.

A great starting point when you are unsure what careers relate to your academic interests. Check out specific job titles, work places and links to related professional organizations:


The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
Arden Oaks Dental Care
Bayanihan Clinic
Bianca Yee DDS
CA Department of Public Health
California Pacific Medical Center
Camden Dental Care
Canyon Creek Pet Hospital
Capital Pharmacy Inc
Capitol Periodontal Group
CEA C'E' Florentine Mercy Ambulance Service
Child Family Health International
CommuniCare Health Centers
Davis Joint Unified School District
Davis Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center
Eagle Drug Pharmacy
Eyes on J Optometry
Hazel Family Dental Care
Health Education Council
Holmes Junior High School
International House, Davis
Jackson, Heise, & Alpha Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Kaiser Permanente
Katz and Klein Inc.
Kirkwood Animal Hospital
Laguna Star Family Dental
Lawrence W Chu DDS, Inc
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Sacramento & Northeastern California
McCarthy Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine
Mt. Carmel Medical Center
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health: National Eye Institute: Laboratory Of Retinal Cell And Molecular Biology, Biomedical Research, Research Assistant
Ninos Sanos, Familia Sana
North Davis Elementary School
Paul Hom Asian Clinic
Private Dentist Office
Private Optometrist Office
Rite Aid Pharmacy
Robert E. Willett Elementary School
Sacramento Contact Lenses and Optometry Inc.
Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services
Santa Clara County Public Health Department HIV/AIDS Prevention
Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas
See Optometric Designs
SHIFA Community Clinic
Solano Sports Physical Therapy
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford University, CIBSR
Sutter Davis Hospital
Sutter Davis Hospital Auxiliary
Sutter Health / Medical Center, Sacramento / General Hospital
Sutter Health / SeniorCare
Sutter Health Group - Podiatry
Sutter Medical Center Sacramento
Sutter Memorial Hospital
Thuy-Mai Nguyen, DDS
UC Davis Animal Biology Graduate Group
UC Davis Campus Veterinary Services
UC Davis Center for Animal Welfare (CAW)
UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain
UC Davis Clinica Tepati
UC Davis College of Biological Sciences
UC Davis Cross Cultural Center
UC Davis Department of Animal Science
UC Davis Department of Asian American Studies
UC Davis Department of Chicana/o Studies
UC Davis Department of Evolution and Ecology
UC Davis Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
UC Davis Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior - Bodine Lab
UC Davis Department of Psychiatry
UC Davis Department of Psychology
UC Davis Dining Services - Sustainability and Nutrition Office
UC Davis Health Services
UC Davis Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA)
UC Davis MARBLES Study
UC Davis Medical Center-
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
UC Davis Medical Center Endoscopy
UC Davis Medical Center MIND Institute
UC Davis Medical Center- PM&R Research
UC Davis MIND Institute
UC Davis Orthopedic Biomechanics Lab
UC Davis Picnic Day
UC Davis School Of Medicine
UC Davis School Of Medicine Department of Surgery
UC Davis School Of Medicine Department of Urology
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (UCDSVM)
UC Davis Services For International Students and Scholars
UC Davis Social and Emotional Development Lab
UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services
UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS)
UC Davis Student Health Services
UC Davis Student Housing
UC Davis Student Recruitment and Retention Center
UC Davis Surgical Research Facility
UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH)
UCDHS Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program
UCDMC - Orthopaedic Surgery Spine Center
UCDMC Accelerated Access Unit
UCDMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
UCDMC Cardio Thoracic Step Down
UCDMC Cardiology Davis Tower 6
UCDMC Cast Room
UCDMC Child Life
UCDMC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
UCDMC Emergency Room
UCDMC Endoscopy
UCDMC Falls Prevention Program
UCDMC Hand Therapy
UCDMC Occupational Therapy Acute Care
UCDMC Occupational Therapy Inpatient
UCDMC Occupational Therapy Outpatient
UCDMC Operating Room
UCDMC Orthopaedic Clinic
UCDMC Orthotics
UCDMC Pediatric Emergency Room
UCDMC Pediatric General Clinic
UCDMC Physical Therapy Acute Care
UCDMC Physical Therapy Inpatient
UCDMC Physical Therapy Outpatient
UCDMC Radiology ACC
UCDMC Radiology Emergency Room and Davis Tower X-Ray
UCDMC Same Day Surgery Center
UCDMC Surgical Intensive Care Unit
UCDMC Urgent Care
UCDSOM Department of Neurological Surgery
UCDSOM Department of Physiology and Membrane Biology
UCDSOM Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UCDSOM Department of Surgery
UCMC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R)
University of California, Davis
UPMC Shadyside Hospital
USDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center
Valley High School
Valley Maxillofacial Oral Surgery
VietNamese Cancer Awareness Education & Research Society
Vietnamese Cancer Awareness Research and Education Society (VN CARES)
Viren R. Patel, DDS
Woodland Chiropractic Clinic
Yolo County Health Department

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2012-13 263 92 35.0%
2013-14 284 71 25.0%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2012-13 27.0% 38.2% 24.7% 10.1%
2013-14 34.3% 26.9% 28.4% 10.4%
2014-15 39.0% 25.4% 32.2% 3.4%
2015-16 15.1% 7.5% 70.9% 6.5%
2016-17 16.7% 9.3% 72.2% 1.9%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.


Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
Center for Health and the Environment Junior Specialist
Center for the Mind and Brain Research Assistant
CEP America Emergency Room Scribe
Chipotle Mexican Grill Customer Service And Sales
Elite Medical Scribes Assistant Chief Medical Scribe
EMSS ER Scribe
Genentech Quality Department - Strategic Analytical Team Intern
Greenbrae Pediatrics Medical Assistant
Greenhaven Optometry Optometric Technician
International Business Machines Information Developer
Kaplan Test Prep MCAT Instructor
Kaplan Test Prep Teacher/Tutor
Kiff Analytical, LCC Lab Technician
Kumon Math and Reading Program Teacher/Tutor
Marteleye Medical Group Medical Assistant
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Technology Associate
Private DDS Office Assistant
Private Employer Caretaker
Scribe America ER Scribe
Sonnen BMW Lease Portfolio Manager
Stanford University Performance Improvement Intern
Stanford University Research Assistant
Stryker International Marketing Associate
Sure Prep Learning Tutor
UC Davis School of Medicine, Neurology Department Junior Specialist
United States Army Medical Operations Officer
University of California, Davis Chief of Staff for Pre-Health Events
University of California, Davis Clinical Research Coordinator
University of California, Davis Junior Specialist
University of California, Davis Junior Specialist Research Writer
University of California, Davis Lab Assistant
University of California, San Francisco Bone Marrow Transplant Data Manager
University of California, San Francisco Staff Research Associate
Valley CAN Program Associate
Winters Healthcare Interpreter and Case Manager

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median
2012-13 $35,214 $35,500
2013-14 $39,000 $35,500
2014-15 $31,062 $28,000
2015-17 $38,190 $43,000