Neuroscience Degree

Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience

The Neuroscience degree is designed for students who have an interest in the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience and who are interested in pursuing graduate training in neuroscience, attending medical school, or obtaining a research-related position in biotechnology, the life sciences, or the pharmaceutical industry.

The major provides interdisciplinary training in basic scientific principles in the life and physical sciences that are necessary for an understanding of nervous system function, as well as training in the fundamental principles of neuroscience, and opportunities for more advanced training in specific topics in the field. Thus, students will gain a depth of understanding in neuroscience, from the cellular and molecular bases of nervous system function, to a systems-level approach to the study of brain-behavior relationships. 

Knowledge and Skills

Depending on the choice of courses or labs, a neuroscience major could master the following skills:

  • A comprehensive understanding of the relation between chemical, biological and neural systems as they relate to behavior
  • An understanding of various brain regions and their functions
  • An overview of the neurobiology of disorders such depression, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's disease
  • Basic laboratory skills that allow you to pose and then answer questions that are at the frontier of neuroscience knowledge, using rigorous methods that adhere to ethical principles
  • Communication skills that enable you to make presentations at regional or even national conferences, and perhaps to write a senior honors thesis
  • Broad exposure to how the diversity of behavior and capacities of humans and animals provides the means to reverse engineer a neural system
  • Should you wish to apply to medical school, a set of courses can be chosen that provide a solid foundation for the MCAT

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