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Dive into the brain with our neuroscience major

Want to be in on the most cutting-edge scientific discoveries?

Neuroscience is leading the way in investigating what makes us who we are.

By exploring the forms and functions of the brain, we can get better answers to the hows and whys of our most complex organ, and even our personalities. These are questions you can work on answering through our neuroscience program at Susquehanna.

Our neuroscience major is a hands-on combination of biology and psychology, making neuroscience the gateway for a diverse number of scientific careers.

Neuroscience is exciting and filled with possibilities.

The world of science is reacting to new discoveries and working to find out why the brain works the way it does. Unlocking the secrets of behavior, perception, emotion and disease will immediately make the world a better place.

Everything from concussions and Alzheimer's to why we hoard or become addicted to drugs can be explained through neuroscience research.

You can work on all of this here.

Our approach to science at Susquehanna is unique. You have every opportunity to get into a lab and work directly with a faculty member. Our prime opportunities don't go to graduate students—our focus is you.

Our faculty members publish papers with students and together they routinely present at national conferences. These experiences will position you well if you decide to go to graduate school or step right into a research lab.

Those careers are plentiful and expanding. You can be a clinical or research neuroscientist or use your degree to do many things—from pharmaceuticals to biotech.

Use your brains to study gray matter here.

The B.S. degree in neuroscience requires 61 semester hours in biology, chemistry, and psychology, with grades of C- or better in the required major courses. The program involves 37 semester hours of required major courses that serve as the major's foundation, providing students with an understanding of the disciplines that come together to make up the field of neuroscience. In addition, the 64 semester hour total includes 12 semester hours of chemistry courses. Another 12 semester hours of upper-division electives are taken, which must include at least one course with a laboratory component. The neuroscience major capstone represents a full academic year of extended experimental investigation in collaboration with a faculty mentor. Neuroscience students will be able to complete many of their Central Curriculum requirements within the major.

Semester Hours View Full Course Catalog >>

37        Required Major Courses

4 NEUR-101 Introduction to Neuroscience
4 NEUR-510 Neuroscience Student Research I
4 NEUR-511 Neuroscience Student Research II
4 BIOL-102 Cell Biology and Genetics
4 BIOL-455 Functional Neuroanatomy
4 PSYC-101 Principles of Psychology
4 PSYC-123 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
4 PSYC-223 Research Methods in Psychology
4 PSYC-342 Behavioral Neuroscience
1 PSYC-360 Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience

12        Cognate Chemistry Courses

8          CHEM-101-102 General Chemistry I - II or CHEM-103-104 General Chemistry I-II Teams or CHEM-111-112 General Chemistry I-II Teams Workshop

4          CHEM-221 Organic Chemistry I

12        Advanced Electives (at least one elective must include a laboratory component)

4          BIOL-300 and BIOL-301 Developmental Biology and lab

4          BIOL-302 and BIOL-303 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and lab

4          BIOL-306 and BIOL-307 Cell Biology and lab

4          BIOL-310 and BIOL-311 Animal Physiology and lab

4          BIOL-316 and BIOL-317 Molecular Biology and lab

4          BIOL-320 and BIOL-321 Exercise and Extreme Physiology and lab

4          BIOL-324 and BIOL-325 Animal Behavior and lab

4          BIOL-400 and BIOL-401 Immunology and lab

4          BIOL-440 and BIOL-441 Behavioral Neuroendocrinology and lab

4          CHEM-302 Medicinal Chemistry

4          BIOL-424/CHEM-424 and BIOL-429/CHEM-429 The Biochemistry of Metabolism and lab

4          BIOL-422/CHEM-422 and BIOL-423/CHEM-423 The Biochemistry of Nucleic Acid and lab

4          BIOL-426/CHEM-426 and BIOL-427/CHEM-427 The Biochemistry of Proteins and Enzymes and lab

4 CSCI-235 Artificial Life
4 HLCR-302 Human Physiology
4 NEUR-500 Topics in Neuroscience
4 PSYC-320 Abnormal Psychology
4 PSYC-340 Cognitive Psychology
4 PSYC-344 Learning Processes
4 PSYC-346 Sensation and Perception
4 PSYC-348 Psycholinguistics
1 PSYC-361 Laboratory in Cognitive Psychology
1 PSYC-362 Laboratory in Learning Processes
1 PSYC-363 Laboratory in Sensation and Perception
Tom Martin, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Professor of Psychology

Margaret T. Peeler, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

Matthew Persons, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

Erin Rhinehart, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

Kathleen Bailey, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology

James Briggs, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology

Jennifer Asmuth, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology

Samuel Day, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Assistant Professor of Psychology


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Tom Martin, co-director

Margaret Peeler, co-director

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