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Student Learning Outcomes

A Neuroscience student presents a research poster

The program’s mission is to provide students with an outstanding education in neuroscience by helping them:

  • develop a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of neuroscientific inquiry
  • establish a deep understanding of neuroscientific principles at the molecular, systems and behavioral levels of analysis
  • strengthen their scientific inquiry and critical thinking skills
  • enhance their reading, reasoning, and communication skills
  • use their neuroscientific knowledge and skills to excel in and after college

The expected Student Learning Outcomes for the Neuroscience Program are:

Knowledge

Molecular Knowledge. The neuroscience major will be able to describe the structure and function of the brain at the molecular level of analysis, and explain how molecular and electrical activity in the nervous system contributes to sensation, movement, cognition, and some diseases of the nervous system.

Behavioral Knowledge. The neuroscience major will be able to describe the structure and function of the brain at the behavioral level of analysis, and explain how synaptic and systems-level events contribute to our understanding of attention, learning, memory, drugs, drug abuse, and some behavioral/neurobiological disorders.

Experimentation

Molecular Experimentation. The neuroscience major will be able to conduct, interpret, and report the results of a research project using up-to-date molecular neuroscience techniques.

Behavioral Experimentation. The neuroscience major will be able to conduct, interpret, and report the results of a research project using up-to-date behavioral neuroscience techniques.

Reading and Evaluation

Molecular Reading & Evaluation. The neuroscience major will be able to read, understand, evaluate, and draw appropriate conclusions from the primary literature (i.e., journal articles) in molecular neuroscience.

Behavioral Reading & Evaluation. The neuroscience major will be able to read, understand, evaluate, and draw appropriate conclusions from the primary literature (i.e., journal articles) in behavioral neuroscience.