Neurological conditions affect over one billion people worldwide. Neuroscientists study the functions of the brain and its impact on a person's behavior.
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
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.
Course Catalog Major Requirements
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.).
While the minor is open to any student, the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Minor pairs particularly well with the following majors:Core Disciplines:BiologyChemistryPsychologyHealth Science Majors:Exercise PhysiologyOccupational TherapyPhysical TherapyPhysician Assistant
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