Neuroscience

Neuroscience aims to understand how the brain produces the mind and behavior, with the goal of advancing human understanding, improving physical and mental health, and optimizing performance. This entails a broad, interdisciplinary effort that spans molecules to minds. At one end, molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, and physics are improving our understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of neuronal signaling and development. At the other end, psychology, psychiatry, and neurology link neural processes and systems to the mind and behavior. At all levels, the rich array of methods and data analysis depends on a strong foundation in the basic sciences, mathematics, statistics, and computer science.  

Jointly hosted by the Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology department and the Psychology department, the Neuroscience major provides excellent scientific preparation for graduate school, medical school and the health professions, law school, as well as a wide range of professional careers in the biological sciences, technology, business, law, education, journalism, and public policy, to name a few. 

As a prerequisite, prospective majors should take the foundational sequence BIOL 101-104 in the fall or spring term of their first year. In addition, students should take a course in statistics from PSYC 200, S&DS 103, S&DS 105, or S&DS 262

Both prospective majors and non-majors interested in neuroscience are encouraged to take NSCI 160, which is a requirement for the major, but without prerequisites. 

Other introductory neuroscience courses open to all students include NSCI 141NSCI 147, and NSCI 161.

For additional information, visit the department website.