New Interdisciplinary BA and BS Programs in Neuroscience Launched

Neuroscience is uncovering new insights into the biological basis of behavior and thought. With the new BA in cognitive neuroscience and BS in neuroscience, CCAS students are on the forefront of an em

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April 11, 2018

Neuroscience is now providing new insights into the biological basis of behavior and thought, as well as the role of the brain in mediating healthy outcomes. Over the past several years, an increasing number of CCAS undergraduate students have expressed a desire for training and background in these exciting and emerging field. With that in mind, CCAS recently launched the following interdisciplinary programs for its students:

BA in Cognitive Neuroscience  

The Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Neuroscience is committed to teaching the fundamental theories, methods and results involved in neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience and the study of complex behavior. The major takes an integrated and rigorous approach that emphasizes convergence between the subfields of cognitive neuroscience and skill in presenting compelling neuroscientific arguments in both written and oral form. Students with sufficient interest and skill will be assisted in participating in undergraduate research and external internships.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, students will:

  • Have a fluent knowledge of the basic terminology and concepts underlying the study of complex behavior, neurobiology, and cognitive neuroscience.
  • Be able to critically evaluate and apply the core experimental methods and analyses used in the study of complex behavior, neurobiology and cognitive neuroscience.
  • Access, understand and apply the primary neuroscientific literature with attention to both major open theoretical questions and recent empirical findings.
  • Formulate in both written and oral form a complex and persuasive cognitive neuroscientific idea based on rational argument and prior evidence.

BS in Neuroscience (interdisciplinary but housed on biology)

The Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience is committed to teaching the core theories, methods and concepts involved in modern neurobiology. The major takes an integrated and rigorous approach that emphasizes convergence between the subfields of molecular neuroscience and cellular neuroscience and links these fields to produce a comprehensive understanding of neural circuitry, processing and behavioral outputs. Furthermore, skills in scientific communication and presentation in neuroscience are an important part of this program in both written and oral form. 

Learning outcomes:

Be the end of the program, students will:

  • Have a fluent knowledge of the basic terminology and concepts underlying the study of molecular and cellular neuroscience, and neurobiology.
  • Be able to critically evaluate and apply the core experimental methods and analyses used in the study of molecular neuroscience and neurobiology.
  • Access, understand and apply the primary neuroscientific literature with attention to both major open theoretical questions and recent empirical findings.

For more information about these programs, visit the BS in Neuroscience and the BA in Cognitive Neuroscience websites.