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  • Prof. Julio Ramirez and a student in the Neuroscience Lab

    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 an interdisciplinary effort. We provide students with diverse state-of-the-art courses and research opportunities in a field of science that has experienced an explosion of information and technological innovation. Faculty are committed to engaging students in the journey of discovery from the cellular and molecular underpinnings of nervous system function to the cognitive and affective outcomes of neural activity. We provide a welcoming, collegial, and collaborative environment to all students interested in joining in the quest to reveal the workings of the nervous system. Moreover, we provide students with a model for understanding how conventional boundaries separating disciplines appearing to be incompatible can evaporate when new intellectual challenges confront society. In keeping with the liberal arts tradition, neuroscience provides students 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.