The Neuroscience Major and 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.

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.

Neuroscience Minor

The Neuroscience interdisciplinary minor is administered by the Neuroscience Advisory Committee. Students should submit a proposal by the end of junior year that specifies the courses they will take to satisfy the minor requirements.

Neuroscience Interdisciplinary Major

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.

Courses You Might Take

CHE 330

Experimental Biological Chem


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

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

BIO 240

Biostats for Life Scientists

K. Smith, Starkloff, 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 who…

PSY 304

Psy Research: Memory


Research methods, concepts, and empirical findings in the field of memory are explored in lecture and extensive laboratory experience. Emphasis is on human memory. Participation in research as subjects and experimenters is required.  Recommended completion by Fall of senior year…