The Neuroscience Major and Interdisciplinary Minor at Davidson

Neuroscience introduces you to a field of science that has experienced an explosion of information and technological innovation and provides you with an opportunity to explore the biological substrate of all our moral and mental faculties.

The major in neuroscience is available through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS). You may apply for the major through CIS. The curriculum development efforts align with recommendations from the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience.

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 research effort. In keeping with the liberal arts tradition, the interdisciplinary minor 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.

Courses You Might Take

CHE 330

Experimental Biological Chem

Instructor 
Myers

Chemistry and mechanisms of gene expression, signal transduction, and advanced metabolism.

Prerequisites
Chemistry 230.  Biology 111 recommended. One laboratory meeting per week. (Fall)

BIO 201

Genetics

Instructors 
El Bejjani, Hales, Sarafova

Integration of molecular and classical genetics, including the physical nature of genetic material, the many levels of gene and genome regulation, transmission of genetic information and patterns of inheritance, gene mapping/identification via traditional and modern…

BIO 303

Biochemistry

Instructor
Sarafova, B. Thurtle-Schmidt

Introduction to the principles of biochemistry.  Emphasis is placed on enzymology, structure of biomolecules, and cellular metabolism.  Laboratory emphasizes  enzyme purification and characterization.

Satisfies a requirement in Group A of the Biology major.
Satisfies a requirement…