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In the classroom, lab, and field, our professors guide students through an interdisciplinary exploration of the brain that draws heavily on the natural and social sciences, but also integrates the humanities and arts.

Neuroscience at Lake Forest College
Through empirical investigation, faculty and students in the neuroscience program seek to understand the building blocks of brain, mind, and behavior at all levels, from the cellular and molecular physiology of neurons to the function of neuronal networks to the complex behaviors exhibited by human and nonhuman animals. 
Given that the majority of neuroscience courses are laboratory-based, our students gain valuable research experience from their very first class and throughout the curriculum.  Students also have opportunities to conduct advanced research usually reserved for graduate students, both on and off campus. This intensive training in research and analysis provides marketable skills for a variety of careers and provides an excellent background for launching into graduate or medical school.
Field Experience
Our neuroscience program has an extensive internship program. We have partnered with dozens of institutions in the Chicago area to provide practical and relevant field experiences for our majors.  Whether your interests in neuroscience trend more towards biology or psychology, research or practice, we have a dedicated team of experts that will help you find the field experience that aligns with your goals. 



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