Neuroscience represents a relatively new but rapidly expanding area of study that brings together a variety of disciplines to explore the development, structure, functional activities and behavioral consequences of the nervous system. Some areas addressed through the study of neuroscience include cognition, neurobiology of aging, developmental neurobiology and the effects of neuropharmacology on behavior. New research findings focus on evolving concepts in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, neural stem cell research, biochemical basis of thinking and learning and behavior.
The neuroscience major emphasizes a collaborative multidisciplinary approach to understanding the intricate neural mechanisms underlying human and animal behavior. Students will experience a diverse, yet integrated education focused on the relationship between biology and behavior from the introductory to advanced courses of study. Three areas of neuroscience emphasis have been developed, but all majors would have a common core of courses.
Students considering postgraduate careers in neuroscience, experimental psychology, neuropsychology, pharmaceutical research, education, law and medicine are encouraged to pursue this major field of study.
The objectives of this major are to:
- offer a strong interdisciplinary approach to the study of neuroscience
- provide sufficient opportunities for students to pursue coursework in one of three areas of neuroscience: cellular neurobiology, behavioral neuroscience and cognitive neuroscience
- develop liberally educated neuroscience majors who will pursue higher education in this or a related field of study
- offer a number of interesting and valuable research opportunities for these majors (independent study, field study and honors projects)
- encourage students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills through this interdisciplinary experience
- address the demand for future neuroscientists, neurologists and neuroscience educators to attend to the numerous disorders/diseases affecting the nervous system, learning disorders and disease processes that develop throughout aging within our population