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Neuroscience is the interdisciplinary science focused on understanding the brain and the nervous system. Neuroscientists apply their expertise in behavioral psychology, biochemistry, cognitive psychology, computer science, developmental biology, genetics, molecular biology, pharmacology, and/or physiology to answer questions about the brain, behavior, thought, memory, emotion, or neuropsychiatric disease.
The Neuroscience Interdepartmental Major at Earlham offers students interested in both Psychology and Biology the opportunity to combine those interests. Neuroscience majors could pursue studies in medicine, other health professions, veterinary medicine or graduate study in cellular, molecular, behavioral or systems neuroscience.
The required courses for the major introduce students to the fundamentals of Biology and Psychology, followed by exploration of special topics in advanced courses chosen to best serve student interest.
The Capstone Experience is the completion of an original research project on a topic that integrates Psychology and Biology. Students acquire an understanding of the principles of scientific research and critical thinking applicable to all sciences.
Ross Price’s '12 interests, both academic and extra-curricular, are many and varied. His love of both psychology and biology led Price to a major in Neuroscience. Price’s eyes light up when he talks about his favorite past-time, ultimate frisbee.
By the time he was 10 years old, Yim Rodriguez ’14 was working in the streets of Peru to help support his family. Now, as an Earlham student, he is planning to major in neuroscience, but has wide ranging interests.