Neuroscience provides students with a fundamental knowledge of the molecular and biological foundations of behavior. By providing an in-depth knowledge of the subdisciplines within neuroscience and offering research opportunities, students will appreciate how the field involves the integration of multiple liberal arts disciplines.
Neuroscience majors pursue one of two tracks – a molecular or a behavioral track. Each track leads to a bachelor of science degree.
The molecular track offers a hands-on curriculum rich in research opportunities and one-on-one student-faculty interactions. Students obtain a solid foundation in molecular chemistry, the other physical and life sciences, and mathematics. That foundation prepares them for employment, professional school or graduate school. Many molecular track students will be interested in medicine and health-related careers, including: doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathic medicine, psychopharmacology, nursing, speech/language pathology, audiology, nutrition, MRI technician, radiation physics, biostatistics and neuroprosthetics
Students in the behavioral track might pursue careers such as occupational therapy, social work for neurological patients, clinical psychology, global health reporting and epidemiology, or health care administration. Neuroscience majors might also work in other areas, such as law or government. The biology courses in the track help students understand structures and processes that characterize life and to appreciate the tremendous diversity of living organisms from the cellular, physiological and ecological perspectives.
Note: This major is pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission.