An interdisciplinary program, Neuroscience draws primarily upon course offerings of the Biology and Psychology departments. The major is considered a Natural Science major*. To meet the College’s curricular requirement for a minor outside the division of the major, students majoring in Neuroscience may minor in any of the social sciences other than Psychology or in any of the humanities. Neuroscience majors are not permitted to minor in Psychology; students wishing to study Psychology in depth may elect to double major in Neuroscience and Psychology. Students exercising this option must meet all the major requirements for both majors and must also take a minimum of 20 semester hours in Psychology that are not counted toward the Neuroscience major. A joint Senior Project for double majors can be arranged.
Neuroscience Learning Outcomes
Students completing a major in Neuroscience are expected to be able to:
- Demonstrate a broad understanding of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and neurochemistry in relation to sensory processing, behavior, cognition, and health;
- Demonstrate a depth of knowledge in both cell and molecular neurobiology and behavioral and cognitive neuroscience;
- Understand the tools and methods used in neuroscience research and critically analyze the primary literature in specific sub-disciplines within neuroscience;
- Design, conduct, and interpret results of neuroscience experiments and effectively communicate these results in both oral and written form.
Independent study & research internships
- Students may participate in research prior to the Senior Project by taking advantage of the Independent Study or Research Internship options available in the neuroscience curriculum. Both options are credit-bearing courses that can be taken during any semester. Independent Study students explore research hypotheses of their own creation.
- Research internships provide the opportunity for students to get involved as active participants on research projects defined by faculty supervisors. Students also can participate in summer research internships at Allegheny and at other off-campus research facilities.
Students who demonstrate superior performance in certain lab courses may be invited to serve as teaching assistants. Duties may include actual instruction of students in neuroscience laboratory procedures and tutoring of students enrolled in neuroscience and related courses.
Students are encouraged to present their research findings at a variety of local and national conferences including the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Research Conference, Sigma Xi, the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting and others.
- Approximately 70% of students majoring in neuroscience seek admission to graduate schools following graduation.
- Approximately 90% of this group are admitted to programs of graduate study in the neurosciences.
- Recent schools include:
- Boston University
- Dartmouth College
- Emory University
- Louisiana State University
- State University of New York, Buffalo
- University of Arizona, Tucson
- University of California, Davis
- University of California, San Diego
- University of Colorado, Boulder
- University of Connecticut
- University of Pittsburgh
- University of Rochester
- University of Virginia
- University of Washington
- West Virginia University
Approximately 95% of students who have earned graduate degrees in the neurosciences are employed in academic or industrial neuroscience positions.
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Last updated September 25, 2018