The major in Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary program of 16 courses (maximum) designed to provide students with an appreciation of diverse approaches to understanding the function of nervous systems, as well as the ability to conduct
investigations within a particular subfield of interest. Students majoring in Neuroscience complete:
- 1. A common core program,
- 2. A sequence of four electives determined in consultation with an adviser in Neuroscience, and
- 3. A one- or two-semester thesis on a topic related to the four course sequence. The major provides good preparation for graduate work in biology, neuroscience, and a variety of other programs including medical school or other graduate health
professions programs. Admission to particular advanced degree programs may require additional course work.
Student Learning Outcomes
The Neuroscience major of the Keck Science Department aims to provide students with skills and knowledge to prepare them as citizens to effectively engage and evaluate issues and innovations in neuroscience. In particular, the program prepares students for graduate programs in Neuroscience and contributes towards the preparation for professional programs such biotechnology and medicine.
We see the following specific student learning goals as critical to achieving the above:
- 1. The Neuroscience majors program will help students begin to understand the structure and function of the nervous system at various levels of organization.
- 2. Neuroscience majors will be exposed to a number of research techniques in neuroscience and will gain training in evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of various methods.
- 3. Neuroscience majors will be exposed to designing experiments, data analysis and critical thinking.
- 4. Neuroscience majors will be encouraged to appreciate the ethical issues surrounding neuro-scientific investigations on humans and animals.
- 5. Neuroscience majors will learn how to critically evaluate published scientific literature.
- 6. Neuroscience majors will learn how to present their research findings both in writing and orally at a forum of their peers.