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The Departments of Psychology and Biology offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience.
Neuroscience is an interdepartmental major that provides an integrated and in-depth foundation for understanding the complex functions of the brain. Recent advances in physiology, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry and imaging technology have greatly increased our understanding of brain function. Over the past decade, there has been increased interest in the relationship between behavior and the functioning of the nervous and endocrine systems along with a renewed interest in the effects of the environment on brain function and plasticity. Given this combination of events, now is an exciting time to become involved in neuroscience.
The mission of the Neuroscience Program is to prepare students to actively engage in and contribute to the process, understanding and application of neuroscience. Neuroscience is an interdepartmental major that provides an integrated and in-depth foundation for understanding the complex functions of the nervous system and in particular, the brain. The major is appropriate for students who plan to pursue a career in neuroscience, or in a related field.
Majors in Neuroscience will:
- demonstrate foundational knowledge in neuroscience, chemistry, biology and psychology. Additionally, physics and calculus for students taking the premedical curriculum and recommended for those applying to Ph.D. programs in neuroscience.
- demonstrate technical training in neuroscience at the molecular, cellular, systems and behavioral/cognitive levels of analysis as well as possess the ability to apply analytical thinking and statistical reasoning in the design of research studies.
- understand and practice the ethical principles that guide the professional behavior of neuroscientists and related careers (e.g., neurologists, clinical neuropsychologists, etc.). This includes a grasp of the ethical issues pertaining to the use of nonhuman animals in research.
- develop competency in written and oral communication skills with a particular emphasis on scientific writing and formal scientific presentations.