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Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, particularly the workings of the brain. Vitally important, the nervous system controls how we behave, how we feel and how we function.
Neuroscience spans multiple disciplines, ranging from the study of the molecules, to cellular and anatomical studies of the nervous system, to the behavior of individuals and groups of animals. Neuroscience encompasses nearly all animal species (yes, even jellyfish!). Among the areas of inquiry is the study of diseases that affect the brain and other areas of the nervous system, where research seeks to understand causes and discover successful treatments. Students gain an understanding of the brain by exploring the behavioral, cellular and anatomical aspects of the nervous system.
ResearchResearch 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.
Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Neuroscience
Individualized attention. With around 100 students pursuing this major, the program is large enough to support impressive research, but small enough that students are mentored individually by dedicated faculty. There is a strong sense of community within the major, and classes involve interaction among students, as well as with the professor.
Flexible interdisciplinary approach. While neuroscience is a specific field of study, the courses that students take in a diversity of subjects - biology, psychology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computing sciences - provide a broad scientific background and integrative thinking skills. Skills in independent and interdisciplinary thinking, research, and working collaboratively help prepare our graduates in any field that they pursue.
Range of faculty expertise. Research opportunities mirror faculty specialties, which include cognitive neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, psychopharmacology, neuroanatomy and cellular and molecular science.