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Overview

Ever wonder how our minds work? A major in Neuroscience might put you on a path to answering that question. Neuroscience, according to Kenyon College, is “the study of brain-behavior relationships in order to understand the roles they play in regulating both animal and human behavior.” A relatively new field of study, Neuroscience combines the fields of biology, psychology, chemistry, engineering, and others to come to a more specific understanding of how brain structures influence behavior. As a Neuroscience major, you’ll learn about the evolution of the brain, cellular neuroscience, and genetics. You’ll learn about consciousness and what affects it. You’ll learn about the nervous system, and what factors might enhance or destroy it. You’ll study various types of both normal and abnormal behavior. And then you’ll put them together and see how the brain and nervous system are themselves factors in why we act the way we do.


Much of your Neuroscience coursework will require research and laboratory work. You might study the electrical activity of nerve cells, or evaluate the effects of drugs on behavior; there are any number of directions your research may lead you.


You can apply your Neuroscience major to any number of fields—medicine, research, and psychology are only a few of the options. Let your own vision and passion for the brain lead you.

SAMPLE CURRICULUM

  • Cells, Metabolism and Heredity

  • Cognitive Neuroscience

  • Comparative Animal Physiology

  • Developmental Biology

  • Drugs and Behavior

  • Electrophysiology

  • Evolution and Human Evolution

  • Neurobiology

  • Neuropsychology

  • Neuropsychopharmacology

  • Physiological Psychology

  • Sensation and Perception

  • Sensory Biology


HIGH SCHOOl PREPARATION

Advanced classes in math and science are a must if you’re considering a major in Neuroscience. Not only will many schools only accept students who already have a strong math/science background, but you’ll also be glad you have a strong foundation of knowledge in these areas once your college courses begin. A good knowledge of computers is also necessary for your success.