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Neuroscience

Neurological conditions affect over one billion people worldwide. Neuroscientists study the functions of the brain and its impact on a person's behavior.

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  • The Neuroscience minor is an interdisciplinary program of study.  Students examine the relationship between the brain and behavior from a variety of perspectives, including biology, chemistry, psychology, and philosophy.  The aim of the minor is to allow students to enhance their understanding of how neuroscience relates to their majors and careers.  Health care professionals learn the neurological basis of sensation, movement, and disease.  Psychologists learn the biological underpinnings of the nervous system.  Biologists and chemists learn how the actions of neurons manifest in behavior and cognition.  Additionally, by interacting with faculty from a variety of disciplines, and presenting primary literature, students integrate knowledge and build a broad foundation in this dynamic field.

    Program Coordinators:  Dr. Jessica Cammarata, Dr. Shlomit Flaisher-Grinberg, Dr. Marian Langer, Dr. Stephen LoRusso, Dr. Justin Merry

    • Neuroscience Minor Degree Requirements
    • Why study Neuroscience?
    • Career Opportunities
    • Pairing with a Major
    Neuroscience Minor Degree Requirements

    The minor features two dedicated courses: NEUR 279 Introduction to Neuroscience, and NEUR 450 Neuroscience Seminar.  These courses provide the foundation of knowledge for the program.  In addition, those completing the minor must also develop a common background in biology, physiology, and psychology through foundational courses in those disciplines.  

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    Why study Neuroscience?
    A minor in neuroscience enables students to make explicit the idea that neuroscience is truly an interdisciplinary science with foundations in Psychology, Biology, and Chemistry. It also enables students to enhance the career options through specialized training in this rapidly evolving field. This minor is well-suited to students who are contemplating professional or research careers.
    Career Opportunities

    The minor is particularly popular among pre-medicine majors who plan to attend medical, dental, optometry, or veterinary schools.  Students in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant programs frequently pursue the minor to enhance their neuroscience background.

    Careers in neuroscience research are accessible to students in biology, chemistry, and psychology majors who pursue graduate school in neuroscience.  Such a career demands a strong background in molecular biology, psychology, and physiology.  Some physicians also choose to specialize in neuroscience after receiving their medical degrees (D.O. or M.D.). 

    Pairing with a Major

    While the minor is open to any student, the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Minor pairs particularly  well with the following majors:

    Core Disciplines:
    Biology
    Chemistry
    Psychology

    Health Science Majors:
    Exercise Physiology
    Occupational Therapy
    Physical Therapy
    Physician Assistant