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

PHI 217

Philosophy of Mind

Instructor
Busch

This course is an introduction to philosophical questions about the mind. We will begin with the traditional mind-body problem: What is the mind? Is it an immaterial thing (a "soul"), or can it be reduced to something physical…

BIO 240

Biostats for Life Scientists

Instructors
Peroni, K. Smith, Thawley, Wadgymar

Probability, descriptive statistics, and proper application, interpretation, and reporting of inferential statistics for biological research. Instruction in experimental design and use of statistical and graphics software. Recommended for pre-med and pre-veterinary students as well as those…

PSY 302

Psy Res:Behavior Pharmacology

Instructor
Smith

Students conduct experiments on the effects of drugs on human and animal behavior. Scientific writing is a strong focus in this course, with students writing research reports on each experiment. Students are required to propose a novel line…