Neuroscience 2018-19

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Neuroscience is a rapidly growing field concerned with understanding the relationship between brain, mind, and behavior. The interdisciplinary nature of the field is apparent when surveying those who call themselves neuroscientists. Among these are anatomists, physiologists, chemists, psychologists, molecular biologists, computer scientists, linguists, and ethologists. The areas that neuroscience addresses are equally diverse and range from physiological and molecular studies of single neurons, to investigations of how systems of neurons produce phenomena such as vision and movement, to the study of the neural basis of complex cognitive phenomena such as memory, language, and consciousness. Applications of neuroscience research are rapidly growing and include the development of drugs to treat disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, the use of noninvasive techniques for imaging the brain, and the investigation of methods for repair of the damaged neural tissue. Combining these approaches to study a single remarkably complex organ—the brain—and the behavioral outcomes of its activity requires an integrative and interdisciplinary approach. The Neuroscience Program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore this approach. It consists of two prerequisites (Biology 101 and Psychology 201), an introductory course, three electives, and a capstone seminar. Students may also engage in original research under the supervision of Neuroscience faculty members. More information can be found on the Neuroscience website.

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