Currently, students in the Neuroscience program will earn a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience. New majors Clinical Neuroscience, Computational and Systems Neuroscience,  Cognitive Neuroscience and Experimental Neuroscience under this degree are available.

Majors

The Clinical Neuroscience major is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in health related professions (medical, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, nursing, etc.). It offers a curriculum that spans from a detailed understanding of genetic, cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying diseases and disorders in the nervous system to a translation of such findings into clinical practice and the role and responsibility that health care plays in society. Students are encouraged to participate in independent research and each student will complete a capstone thesis based either on their own laboratory findings or on a literature based research question.   

   

Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience focuses on thought processes in humans. Students majoring in Cognitive Neuroscience will explore a wide array of topics including sensory and motor systems, learning, memory, decision-making, language, sleep, mood, awareness and attention, and others. Courses will introduce students to biological substrates underlying cognition ranging from genes to complex circuits. Additional courses illuminate the role of Neuroscience in social interactions and Society. This major prepares students for graduate studies in cognitive Neuroscience or Psychology as well as many professional careers including Law School, Business, Public Health, Finance and Policy.  

 

Computational and Systems Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary branch of Neuroscience that incorporates theoretical and experimental approaches to understand the brain. Students choosing this major will explore tools and techniques that Neuroscientists use to make sense of the vast data available in hope of finding solutions to neurological diseases and disorders as well as to understand processes such as decision-making, addiction, motivation, and more. Students in this major will also be able to explore exciting research areas in artificial intelligence and human-computer interactions. Typical computational Neuroscience students will develop a strong background in Mathematics and computer programing.     

 

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The Experimental Neuroscience major prepares students for a hands-on career in science or science education. The curriculum focuses on the structure and function of the nervous system with the ultimate goal to experimentally test questions relevant to health and disease. Students in this major will gain a comprehensive understanding of genes, molecules and cells that are the building blocks of the brain. Students will work with model organisms to learn how the brain develops and functions. Students will explore the many disorders and diseases that are linked to the brain and nervous system from a model systems perspective. A capstone thesis typically follows 1-2 years of hand-on research in a laboratory and is typically based on the students own data.

 

 

 

From the classroom to the operating room: A one of kind learning experience for undergraduate students, a collaboration between Carilion Clinic and the School of Neuroscience.

NEUROSCIENCE MINOR
A minor in Neuroscience is also under development. Interested students should contact Naya Sou.

Program Requirements

Checksheet for students graduating Spring 2017

Recommended plan of study: (This is a recommended plan of study only. Students should consult Naya Sou for personalized plan.)

Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
BIOL 1105 & 1115 Principles of Biology + Lab
CHEM 1035 & 1045 General Chemistry + Lab
MATH 1025 Elementary Calculus
ENGL 1105 First-Year Writing
NEUR 1004 Neuroscience Orientation Seminar
(4)
(4)
(3)
(3)
(1)
BIOL 1106 &1116 Principles of Biology + Lab
CHEM 1036 & 1046 General Chemistry + Lab
MATH 1026 Elementary Calculus
ENGL 1106 First-Year Writing
 
(4)
(4)
(3)
(3)
 
Subtotal 15 Subtotal 14
Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
NEUR 2025 & 2035 Intro to Neuroscience + Lab
STAT 3615 Biological Statistics
PSYC 1004 Introductory Psychology
CLE Area 2
CLE Area 3
(4)
(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)
NEUR 2026 & 2036 Intro to Neuroscience + Lab
STAT 3616 Biological Statistics 
CLE Area 2
Free Elective
Free Elective
(4)
(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)
Subtotal 16 Subtotal 16
Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
NEUR 3084 Cognitive Neuroscience PHYS
2205 General Physics
CLE Area 6
Restricted Elective
Free Elective
(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)
NEUR 3044 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
PHYS 2206 General Physics
CLE Area 7
Restricted Elective
Free Elective
(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)
Subtotal 15 Subtotal 15
Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
NEUR 4054 Neuro Research/Practical Experience
NEUR 4034 Diseases of the Nervous System
Restricted Elective 4000-level
Free Elective
Free Elective
(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)
NEUR 4044 Neuroscience Senior Seminar
Restricted Elective 4000-level
Free Elective
Free Elective
Free Elective
(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)
(2)
Subtotal 15 Subtotal 14
* neuroscience_planofstudy.pdf
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