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Neuroscience

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Carole S Scherling (Director of Program, Psychology), Timothy Schoenfeld (Psychology), Lori McGrew (Biology), Nick Ragsdale (Biology) 
Vision

To be a major that promotes interdisciplinary learning through superior teaching, rigorous scientific inquiry and interactive hands-on experience by combining personalized training in fields of biology, chemistry, computer science, physics and psychology to create accomplished and independent professionals in future medical, graduate and/or industry careers.

Purpose

The Neuroscience program is dedicated to providing students with an academically challenging and interdisciplinary curriculum which enables them to develop a basic understanding of the foundations of the field, as well as the opportunity to personalize their learning experience. Majors are uniquely equipped with a broad foundational training early on in their training (ranging from molecular to behavioral sciences) and have ample opportunities to build strong academic and research skills. The scientific method is promoted to create critical consumers of the field as well as inquisitive and responsible neuroscientists. Majors will build strong reading skills, hone knowledge transfer abilities and practice leadership roles and group work. Opportunities for future training and employment will be discussed, spanning from academic to industry settings alike.


Career Paths

Students who complete the program are well prepared for their next professional step due to a rigorous training that includes high caliber knowledge transfer activities and hands-on research experience. Many students gain entry into graduate schools in biology, computational sciences, neuroscience, pharmacology psychology and/or cognitive studies, to name a few. Graduates also attend medical school, physical therapy and other professional health schools. In addition, due to the interdisciplinary nature of this major, many are well-equipped to immediately enter the workplace, working as laboratory scientists and even as data scientist in technology industries. The field of neuroscience is growing, and the National Institutes of Health’s BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) makes this an especially exciting time to be a neuroscientist.


Majors & Minors

MAJOR
All neuroscience majors take a core of courses that includes biology, psychology, chemistry and physics. This core curriculum includes several courses designed to help students understand and conduct research. In addition to this core, students select upper level courses in biology and psychology to suit their interests. Neuroscience majors do not need to declare a minor due to the interdisciplinary nature of this program.

The Neuroscience curriculum and course descriptions can be found in the current Belmont University catalog (click here)

MINOR
The neurobiology minor is a collection of courses centered around cellular and molecular neuroscience and the effect of molecular changes on behavior.

The Neurobiology curriculum and course descriptions can be found in the current Belmont University catalog (click here)

Why Have an Interdisciplinary Training

The benefits of interdisciplinary training and research is more apparent in both graduate level training, as well as outlined in skills sets put forward by today’s employers. A well-rounded interdisciplinary training that is carefully crafted to meet current demands of the field is of the utmost importance at Belmont University. In addition to receiving stellar instruction from highly qualified professors that are passionate educators first, students also have unique access to cutting-edge tools as early as their freshman year, applied in animal, human and computational models. In addition, faculty and staff promote the development of “real-world” skills, spanning from gaining expertise in precise neuroscience methods, as well as sharpening written and oral knowledge transfer abilities. In addition, students can participate in many community outreach programs, including honors committees, on- and off-campus associations, and summer programs.

Contact:
Dr. Carole Scherling, Program Director
Neuroscience Program
1900 Belmont Blvd.
Nashville, TN
(615) 460-6969
carole.scherling@belmont.edu