• Research is essential for hands-on learning, and undergraduate research experiences are now required for admission to many graduate and professional schools.


An understanding of how the brain, the "organ of consciousness," functions and endows human beings with the capacity to know, to feel, and to value, requires a multidisciplinary effort. The neuroscience program is dedicated to providing you with diverse courses and research opportunities as you explore this rapidly expanding field and prepares you to be superior graduate school and career candidates.

Neuroscience at Davidson introduces you to a field of science that has experienced an explosion of information and technological innovation. It provides students with a model for understanding how conventional boundaries separating disciplines appearing to be incompatible can evaporate when new intellectual challenges confront us. In keeping with the liberal arts tradition, neuroscience provides you with an opportunity to explore another dimension of our humanity—the biological substrate of all our moral and mental faculties.

As a neuroscience student, you'll have a variety of career paths available to you, including neuroscience research and education, medicine, law, clinical neuropsychology, physical therapy, drug rehabilitation, pharmaceutical or biomedical marketing, journalism, computer science, and K-12 education.

President Barack Obama's recent commitment to invest $100 million in advancing the study of the brain shows how vital neurological research will be in the future.