The Neuroscience Major

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The neuroscience major at The University of Scranton is interdisciplinary, combining courses and research from biology, psychology, chemistry, mathematics, computing sciences and physics.

There are some specific neuroscience courses required, as well as three credits of research.  Students are encouraged to tailor their programs to particular areas of interest, such as biology, psychology, anatomy, pharmacology, toxicology, biophysics, biochemistry or medicine.

Beginning in the first year, neuroscience majors do lab rotations with neuroscience faculty. Students learn about a new area of research every two weeks. This enables students to get to know professors and to explore the different types of research they might pursue as their studies continue.

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Research

Research is critical and integral to the major curriculum.  We encourage students to develop as independent thinkers using research, our most powerful tool of scientific inquiry.  Students work with individual faculty members to conduct research in specific areas of expertise to enhance student-learning outcomes. Research is a process and so students are encouraged to get started early in their college life so they have time to complete a meaningful project.

First year students are exposed to neuroscience research by taking Neuro 110 (Lab Rotations) and Neuro 111 (Neuroscience Research Literature) as they learn the basics of Biology.  In their second year, students take upper division Neuroscience, Psychology, and Biology courses as well as a required Neuroscience Research Methods course (Neur 330) that introduces them to advanced inquiry and research. By their junior year students should be working in a lab so that in their senior year, students  take Neur 493, a course that requires students to complete the final step of their research project - a research paper which will count as completion of their project.

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Other Science Courses

Our undergraduates are also require to take other related science courses (called "Cognates") to help broaden their scientific expertise.  They can select from an assortment of Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Computing Sciences courses.