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Majors & Minors

With 100,000 miles of blood vessels, 1.1 trillion cells and 100 billion neurons – and some 70,000 thoughts a day – the human brain is one of the most complex structures in the universe.

Neuroscience focuses on the relationships among brain function, cognitive processing and behavior. This truly interdisciplinary field is designed for students with interests that intersect the fields of biology and psychology.

As a Union College Neuroscience major, you will begin your studies with a variety of core courses, including biology, psychology, computer science and philosophy. Then you will select one of three tracks for specialization:

  • Bioscience: Focuses on the biological basis of neural development, function and plasticity
  • Cognitive: Addresses how neural networks and brain mechanisms give rise to specific mental processes and behavior; or
  • Computational: Emphasizes issues related to developing computational models of neuronal and mental processes.

Our students work closely with faculty in the Center for Neuroscience, which includes five research laboratories. The center supports research and training in the areas of: neuroplasticity; human cognitive abilities and behavioral dispositions; sex differences in spatial cognition; cognitive genetics; and neural control of behavior.

Students also enjoy opportunities for summer research fellowships and participation in symposia, and most present at Union's Steinmetz Research Symposium each spring.

Careers after Union

Neuroscience students pursue a wide range of research and clinical internships, and they go on to jobs in research centers and labs in university, government and health-care settings. They are also well prepared to attend graduate and medical schools.

Neuroscience career paths

Graphic: career paths of Union Neuroscience majors

Here's a look at what some of our alumni have been doing since graduating:

  • BCI (Brain Computer Interface) Research Assistant, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Doctor of Optometry Student, New England College of Optometry
  • Ph.D. student, Department of Psychology, Georgetown University
  • Masters Degree in Nursing, Johns Hopkins University
  • Graduate Student, Yale School of Public Health