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

BIO 303

Biochemistry

Instructor
Pollet, 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…

PSY 301

Psy Res:Perception & Attention

Instructor
Munger

Research methods, concepts, and empirical findings in perception and attention are examined in lecture and extensive laboratory experience. Course explores how a physical stimulus impinges on sense organs and is subsequently processed and understood by perceptual systems (e.g…

BIO 209

Bioinformatics Programming

Instructor
D. Thurtle-Schmidt

(Cross-listed with CSC 209.)  An interdisciplinary introduction to computer science and structured programming using the Python programming language in the context of biological datasets and applications, including algorithms for analyzing genomic data.

Satisfies a requirement in the Data Science…