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Led by expert faculty with active research labs, NU's neuroscience program challenges majors to understand and explore the human nervous system in health and disease, while preparing them to manage the public health challenges of our global population.

The neuroscience major exposes students to a rapidly growing field at the intersection of biology and psychology. Majors undertake interdisciplinary learning at the earliest stages of their undergraduate careers, drawing knowledge from a variety of specialties. Neuroscience graduates effectively master the human nervous system from cellular, molecular, biochemical, cognitive, and behavioral perspectives through a program emphasizing a strong foundation in the natural sciences.

  • Program Details

    The neuroscience major exposes students to a rapidly growing field at the intersection of biology and psychology. Educating students about the human nervous system in health and disease prepares them for managing the public health challenges of our global population, while exposing them to interdisciplinary learning at the earliest stages of their undergraduate careers. Neuroscience graduates draw knowledge from a variety of specialties, effectively mastering the human nervous system from cellular, molecular, biochemical, cognitive, and behavioral perspectives.

    Through the inherently diverse nature of the neuroscience field, students engage in a broad-based curriculum spanning multiple disciplines. During the first year of study, the neuroscience curriculum introduces students to fundamental concepts in biology, psychology, chemistry, and mathematics, while developing communication skills through concurrent introductory English courses. Successful students will progress to intermediate level courses designed to provide a thorough background in the anatomy and physiology of the human nervous system, with an emphasis on cellular and molecular biology, and carbon compounds. The third year of the neuroscience major builds upon the knowledge gained in previous years by engaging students in applied research methods courses, coupled with an analytical reasoning of the natural properties of the physical world. The third and fourth year curricula seek to refine the students’ understanding through specialized courses detailing the human nervous system through health and disease. With five free electives, the third and fourth years of study also offer the flexibility for students to pursue a minor in a discipline of their choice.

  • Neuroscience Minor

    This interdisciplinary minor in neuroscience is designed to add depth and breadth to undergraduates majoring in other disciplines by exploring the nervous system from multiple perspectives, including biology, psychology and chemistry. Biology and psychology majors can declare a concentration in neuroscience, while students from other disciplines such as chemistry, nursing, computer science and others, will benefit by gaining interdisciplinary exposure to this field.

    The neuroscience minor gives undergraduates the opportunity to explore this emerging field and prepare them for careers in a variety of arenas, including academia, research, medicine, biotechnology, industry and consulting. Neuroscience minors gain a broad knowledge of current scientific literature and learn how to synthesize and communicate primary research, essential skills necessary for graduate school, medical school and beyond.

    Requirements

    The following courses in the biological sciences and psychology are required: BI215, BI370, PY230, and PY344, plus one additional course from the biological sciences (BI302, BI304, BI415 and BI420) and one additional course from psychology (PY212, PY220, PY263, or PY352). Students may also choose the following two chemistry courses: CH324, CH325, in lieu of the additional biology/psychology courses, however this option requires these additional prerequisites: CH103-104, and either CH205, CH226 or concurrent enrollment in CH226.

    Biology and psychology majors may declare a concentration in neuroscience. All courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better.

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    To view neuroscience course offerings and a curriculum map for majors, minors and concentrations, see the Norwich University academic course catalog:

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    Megan Doczi

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    Virginia Kunkel

    “I love watching students develop an understanding and appreciation of science, especially those who doubt their talent and go on to become enthusiastic scientists, who question and critique the workings of the natural world.” Read More
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