At Lawrence, students approach the study of neuroscience through a deliberately interdisciplinary program.
In a quest to understand the brain and nervous system—and how they respond to stimuli or thoughts, from the level of molecules to behaviors—Lawrence offers neuroscience through an intensive interdisciplinary approach that draws on the strengths of our biology, chemistry, and psychology programs.
You might enjoy this if you're interested in
Understanding how humans and animals think
Studying learning, memory, behavior, or other mysteries of the brain and nervous system
Finding cures for neuropathologies and making scientific breakthroughs
Using your intelligence, perseverance, and creativity to work on challenging problems with no known solution
Working closely with professors and independently in labs conducting research
Lawrentians sometimes pair neuroscience with
Life After Lawrence
Lawrentians can enjoy careers in
Medicine, neuroscience, scientific research, chemistry, nursing, physical therapy, veterinary medicine
Recent employers include
Columbia University Medical Center, Oregon Health & Science University, The Salk Institute, Rosalind Franklin University, Sigma-Aldrich
Lawrentians can earn advanced degrees in
Neuroscience, medicine, biology, psychology, public health, education
At places like
Emory University, University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest University
Components of the Major
All of the following:
Integrative Biology: Cells to Organisms
Integrative Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems
Topics in Neuroscience
Principles of Chemistry
Psychopharmacology and Behavior
Brain and Behavior I
Clinical and Affective Neuroscience
Two of the following:
Two of the following:
Morphogenesis of the Vertebrates
Learning and Conditioning
One of the following statistics-based courses:
Experimental Design and Analysis
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
The Chandler Senior Experience
You will work closely with neuroscience program faculty to develop your Senior Experience from either a psychology senior capstone, biology senior capstone, or a neuroscience independent study.
Recent Senior Experiences include:
The Role of daf-19 in Non-Ciliated Neurons: How is Neural Development Regulated by Different daf-19 Isoforms?
Without Conscience: The Principle Factors That Differentiate the Development of Successful Versus Unsuccessful Psychopathy
Of Snails and Brains: The Story of Neuropeptide Y and Parasitism
Get to know current Lawrence students
If you would like to talk directly to a current student about their experiences, we have international student interns available to talk or keep in touch over social media. Read about our students below and contact us with your questions or to find a time to talk with them.
Studying Government, East Asian Studies, History
Involved in: President of Chinese Students Association (CSA); Mentor of International Student Services (ISS); Assistant in LU Government (GOVT) Department; Assistant in Innovation-Entrepreneurship (I-E) Department; Secretary of Food Recovery Network (FRN); Involved in Build Inter-generation Relations (BIR) volunteering activities
Ask me about: Social sciences or humanities, or study abroad in London!
College search advice: Lawrence on Instagram (@lawrenceuni) or LU YouTube Channel would be your good friend! Also, please talk to us, the enthusiastic and friendly group of current students in the International Admission who will love to share Lawrence stories with you!
Involved in: Community Advisor
Favorite spot to study: My signature spot in the library! It is a single desk on the second floor, by the window, and behind all bookshelves. I love this spot since it is perfect for me: quiet, peaceful, light, and it has a stunning view to the main grass-land during the fall!
College search advice: I highly recommend following Lawrence on Instagram (@lawrenceuni) since it is usually updated about life and events on campus and has interactive Q&A sessions for prospective students.
Studying Economics, Psychology
Involved in: Lawrence International, JCEC - Japanese Culture Exchange Club.
Favorite Spot on Campus: The green in front of Main Hall is absolutely the best place to wind down and relax. You can set up a hammock and read a book under the shade or take a nap. I personally prefer the latter.
Ask me about: The best routes for running or anything about snowboarding.
College search advice: LU instagram page (@lawrenceuni) has "Student Take over" stories that would definitely help you get to know the college better from a student's viewpoint.
Studying Psychology, English and Educational Studies
Involved in: News writer in The Lawrentians Student Newspaper, VITAL Tutoring program, Lawrence International, and the Chinese Student Association (CSA). I'm also interested in Psychology, lifting, badminton, and deep thoughts!
Ask me about: I always enjoy playing basketball in the morning and start off my morning with a tasty sausage-egg-and-cheese sandwich and a cup of raspberry ice tea (at the Cafe)!
College search advice: Start the application early so you will have enough time to struggle through things such as Recommendation Letters and Essays. Remember to consider your choice in terms of financial aid, school size, surrounding area, school culture, specific programs, etc.