Neuroscience Concentration in the Biological Sciences
B. S. Degree
Neuroscience is the study of our nervous system: how we sense our environment, how we move, how we think, make decisions, feel emotions, learn, form memories, and how these processes go awry in neurological disease. We have entered a new era of neuroscience research with the advent of ‘optogenetics’: a powerful yet exquisitely specific way to stimulate and monitor neurons in the brain. This approach is expected to “revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury” (https://www.whitehouse.gov/share/brain-initiative).
Students in the Biological Sciences Major can now specialize in Neuroscience, by declaring and fulfilling the requirements for the Neuroscience Concentration. The Concentration consists of four courses, representing a specified subset of electives within the Biological Sciences Major:
BIOL4250 - Introduction to Neurobiology
BIOL4700-003 (SPR) - Neuroscience-focused WAC course
BIOL4910 - Independent Research in a laboratory studying neuroscience topics
PSY3400 - Cognitive Neuropsychology
The Neuroscience Concentration is fully compatible with the PreMed Concentration, and you can do both simultaneously.
To declare a Neuroscience concentration (or any other concentration), visit your academic advisor and ask to fill out a declaration of major form to add the concentration to your BS BIOL major.
Neuroscience is a fascinating and exciting discipline poised to have a major impact on medicine, psychology, and behavioral science in the near future. The Neuroscience Concentration in the Biological Sciences Major will give you an in-depth background, and provide opportunities for you to become involved in this amazing science.
For more information, contact
Dr. Bruce Bamber
Neuroscience Concentration Advisor