Neuroscience is an exceptionally diverse and interdisciplinary field that incorporates aspects of biology, psychology, chemistry, philosophy, computer science, and other disciplines in the study of the nervous system.
Neuroscientists seek to understand the function of the brain and peripheral nervous system at multiple levels, from the complex processes that occur in single neurons to the expansive cellular networks that ultimately give rise to perception, emotion, cognition, and even social behavior.
The Neuroscience Program is thus a multidisciplinary program with the curriculum consisting of a combination of nine required foundational courses currently required for majors in Chemistry, Biology, and Psychology. Neuroscience continues to draw from, inform and expand the disciplines of Biology and Psychology in a variety of ways, and therefore emphasizes these areas in its curriculum. Students can choose from a variety of upper level electives according their personal interests.
The goals of the Neuroscience Program are to provide students with the essential foundational knowledge, skills, confidence and research experiences that will allow them identify and meet their intellectual and professional goals.