Major: Neuroscience

What colleges offer a Major in Neuroscience?

Biophysicist Francis Otto Schmitt coined the word “neuroscience” in 1962 while working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Schmitt had previously referred to the field as “biophysics of the mind.” In 1973, Amherst College developed the first undergraduate degree program in neuroscience.

What’s neuroscience? 

It’s the study of the nervous system’s structure, development, and function. Neuroscientists can examine and interpret where issues that arise in the nervous system by understanding the anatomy and physiology of the human brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. Neuroscientists research ways to prevent or treat neurological, psychological, and neurodevelopmental disorders. 
Whether you decide to work in a clinical or laboratory-based setting, your mission as a neuroscientist is to improve people’s quality of life. Knowing you’ll make a difference is a fulfilling, challenging career choice.

What does a Neuroscience major study?

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Chemistry
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Research Design
  • Statistics
  • Neuroethics

What can I do with a Neuroscience degree?

Your studies will provide you with analytical, critical thinking, and research skills to jump-start your neuroscience career in roles such as the following:

Specializations for a Neuroscience major:

  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Neurolinguistics
  • Neuroengineering

What are the requirements for a Neuroscience degree?

Review the course requirements in the handbook for graduation. Internships and research projects will be required. If you have a minor or area of concentration in neuroscience, be sure you’re on track to completing those courses and the ones you need for your major. A valuable resource will be your advisor, who can guide your decision making as you earn your degree.