Neuroscience Concentration

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  1. knowledge of neuroscience, including:
    1. history of neuroscience;
    2. fundamental principles of cellular and neuron-endocrine systems;
    3. scientific questions addressed by neuroscientists;
    4. methodologies employed in neuroscience research;
    5. the language of neuroscience, especially pertaining to interdisciplinary dialogue.
  2. awareness of the scope of neuroscience including the breadth of the field, the diversity of research questions and approaches that compose it, and the thematic principles that unify and define it.
  3. awareness that the scope of neuroscience necessitates an interdisciplinary perspective; they will show competence in approaching a problem using tools, symbols and paradigms from multiple disciplines.
  4. familiarity with the scientific process, including the ability to independently
    1. critique and synthesize scientific literature;
    2. develop a testable hypothesis;
    3. identify and use appropriate instrumentation;
    4. design a controlled experiment;
    5. interpret data;
    6. communicate experimental results
  5. knowledge of the breadth of careers available to neuroscience students and the educational steps and other activities prerequisite to these career paths, including technical competence and the ability to identify and use appropriate professional resources.

April 2008