What Is Neuroscience?
The brain and nervous system are the core of the human experience: our intellectual and emotional lives, perceptions, sense of wellbeing, and volitional activities all rely on the coordinated and masterfully executed functioning of the body’s most complex organ system. Neuroscience is the field that attempts to explain and predict the what, why, and how of this essential and universal human experience. Because of the universality of the human experience, a neuroscience degree prepares students for a career in nearly any field.
Interested in medicine, drug design, or cutting-edge therapeutics? From developmental disabilities to musculoskeletal disorders, paragangliomas, degenerative diseases, structural defects, and more, there are over 1,000 disorders of the brain and nervous system that need new scientists’ attention. The numerous applications of neuroscience—from technological, health, and public policy to business, product design, prosthetics, artificial intelligence, organizational structuring, and imaging technology—allow students to develop interdisciplinary knowledge and work in both the sciences and the liberal arts. Our students work in labs across campus doing research in everything from biology and computer science to psychology and public policy.
With over 45 credit hours of electives in our program, students have the opportunity to design an interdisciplinary experience that suits their interests, while completing a minor and, if desired, an undergraduate thesis, all through the framework of one major.
Our curriculum is designed to give students a competitive edge in the workplace through a unique technology-focused education that covers all branches of neuroscience.
With guidance from world-renowned neuroscience faculty, our graduates are prepared for continued graduate and professional education or careers in industry, government, healthcare, education, and more.