Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary major in which students have the option of pursuing either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. Students take a core set of required courses in psychology, biology, and chemistry, which prepares them to understand the biological basis for neural processing and higher cognitive functions. In upper level courses, students explore contemporary neuroscience theory and research, examine specific areas of neuroscience, and gain experience in experimental and laboratory approaches to neuroscience research. Students are encouraged to pursue independent research in neuroscience with a faculty member through the Summer Collaborative Research Program, independent studies or research apprenticeships, or the departmental honors programs.
The Neuroscience Major prepares students for graduate study in neuroscience, biological sciences and psychology, or for professional training in medicine, clinical psychology or other health professional areas. Students will also be prepared for careers in a variety of fields, including scientific research (laboratory technician), scientific education and outreach, allied health fields, business (market research, advertising consultant), or public/government service (social work, case management, global health organizations).