FAQ

What type of student is the Neuroscience major designed for?

The major is designed for students with a specific interest in the biology of the nervous system, ranging from molecular neurobiology through the biological basis of behavior. It is truly inter-departmental in instruction, involving the Biology and Psychology Departments, and it is inter-college in that faculty from the School of Medicine can direct neuroscience research projects and Distinguished Majors theses.

How is it different from other majors that have Neuroscience components?

There are other, excellent majors in the College that have a Neuroscience component, particularly majors in Biology, Psychology, and Cognitive Science. The Neuroscience major differs from the others as it focuses on the biology of the nervous system; the other majors include a broader range of training.

What type of student will be chosen for the major?

Only students who meet the requirements to declare the major (see application and declaration requirements) will be considered for admission. Currently, the program admits a maximum of 25 students. Therefore, class performance and a desire to focus on neuroscience research will be examined closely by the executive committee.

Is there an emphasis on laboratory research in the major?

Yes!! Majors are required to join a laboratory during their first year in the program and are strongly encouraged continue through graduation. The available laboratories are limited to faculty who direct research in neuroscience. The student will need to select and secure training in a laboratory in consultation with the program director and the faculty member with whom the student wishes to work.

Who makes up the executive committee, the committee that makes decisions about admission into the major and other organizational decisions regarding the major?

The executive committee consists of 4 faculty members. They are (1) the Director of the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program, George Bloom (2) a faculty member appointed by the chair of the Department of Biology, Sarah Kucenas (3) a faculty member appointed by the chair of the Department of Psychology, Peter Brunjes and (4) a faculty member appointed by the chair of the Department of Neuroscience in the School of Medicine, John Lukens

What is the Distinguished Majors Program and is it available to Neuroscience majors?

The Distinguished Majors Program ( DMP) in Neuroscience is designed for Neuroscience majors who show exceptional promise. The DMP is a two-semester program completed during a student's fourth year. Upon successful completion of this program, most students receive a departmental recommendation for a baccalaureate award of Distinction, High distinction, or Highest Distinction.

What is the capstone course for majors?

NESC 3980 and 3985- Current Topics in Neuroscience
These courses are specifically designed to present and discuss important and modern topics in Neuroscience, and gain professional skills in interpreting and presenting neuroscience research. It will range from a discussion of important, current publications to topics related to choosing and gaining admission to Graduate and Health Professional schools.
IMPORTANT: As part of the course requirement, all students enrolled in this class will be required to attend the weekly seminar series of the Neuroscience Graduate Program, traditionally scheduled for 4 p.m. on Tuesdays in Jordan Hall.

Does research credit count towards the 30 credit requirement of the major?

No.

Can I have Neuroscience as a minor?

No.

Will my transfer or advanced placement credit apply towards the major?

Transfer and AP credit can be used to fulfill the prerequisite requirements. Transfer credits (such as those obtained during Semester Abroad) do not satisfy 30 credit requirement, unless prior permission is obtained.

What type of career can a graduate with a Neuroscience major expect?

We anticipate that most majors will earn a higher degree by attending Graduate school and/or a Health Professional school. Thus, most students will likely pursue a career in research, either in academia or in industry (e.g., pharmaceuticals), and/or pursue a career in medicine, dentistry, veterinary, or other health-related professions.