Neuroscience Program

Neuroscience

Professor Quynh Chu-LaGraff (center) with students

The major in Neuroscience is designed for students with interests that intersect the fields of biology and psychology. Neuroscience focuses on the relationships among brain function, cognitive processing and behavior. Researchers in this field come from widely disparate backgrounds, including cognitive psychology, clinical neuropsychology, neuroimaging, neurobiology, neuroethology, biopsychology, physiology, neurology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, philosophy, genetics and computer science. Thus, research questions are considered from many different levels, and many different converging methodologies are used.

After taking a variety of courses including biology, psychology, computer science and philosophy, students select one of three tracks for specialization:

Bioscience

The bioscience track focuses on the biological basis of neural development, function and plasticity. Students will develop an understanding of the nervous system and its role in cognition, perception and action at the molecular, cellular and systems level.

Cognitive

The cognitive track provides students with an understanding of how neural networks and brain mechanisms give rise to specific mental processes and behavior. Students begin with the processes that have been traditionally studied in the area of cognitive psychology, but can tailor the program to include processing that is traditionally studied in developmental, social or clinical psychology as well.

Computational

The computational track focuses on issues related to developing computational models of neuronal and mental processes. Students will develop an understanding of artificial intelligence that uses biologically plausible methods.

Buterfield Hall

Neuroscience Program

Butterfield Hall 310