The neuroscience major provides students with rigorous, laboratory-based exposure to the fascinating multidisciplinary study of the brain. The program is ideal for students planning graduate or professional study in neuroscience, biology, chemistry, psychology, medicine and other related fields.
Neuroscience sits at the intersection of biology, chemistry, and
psychology. The term "neuroscience" was coined in the 1960's to name an
interdisciplinary field that focused on both the normal and abnormal
structure and function of the nervous system. Dickinson College now
offers students a major in Neuroscience, in which Dickinson students
will engage in an integrated curriculum in this very popular
interdisciplinary field. The neuroscience major provides students with
rigorous training in neuroscience and allied science disciplines,
advanced opportunities for research, and integrated mentoring and
advising of students.
The integrative nature of the two
introductory neuroscience courses (Psychology 125 and Biology 124),
placed both within psychology and biology, and also at the intersection
of these two fields, demonstrates to the student the interconnectedness
of these two sciences. Upper division courses allow the student to
bring research skills to bear in the laboratory, to integrate skill and
knowledge gained in the introductory courses. The elective requirements
in the major allow the student to explore the many facets of
neuroscience, and the student can then choose to focus on molecular or
molar approaches to neuroscience, can choose to emphasize biology,
chemistry or psychology within their neurosciences major, and can
explore the ways other fields, such as anthropology, philosophy or
sociology, intersect with neuroscience. Finally, a research experience
allows the major to 'engage the world' by bringing to bear learned
knowledge and skills.
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Students shared what they learned in the lab and in the field at the 28th-annual Science Research Symposium.