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.
Special Learning Opportunities
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.
In “Anatomy and Physiology: Nervous and Endocrine Systems,” students perform a dissection of a human cadaver, including an examination of the human brain and spinal cord. Seeing, holding, and dissecting a real human brain is an amazing experience that few undergraduates can get.
Recent examples of student research projects: “Moody Music Makes the Movie” tested the effect that different types of music played during a neutral video scene had on muscle and skin responses; “Mindfulness Meditation: A Path to Achieving True Grit” tested whether meditation increased persistence and perseverance.
Students participate in a wide variety of off-campus experiences — from semester-long programs in England, Brazil, New Zealand and Tanzania to research opportunities in Germany and at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass.
Neuroscience majors could pursue studies in medicine, other health professions, veterinary medicine or graduate study in cellular, molecular, behavioral or systems neuroscience.
Graduates from the last ten years have gained admission to graduate programs at such institutions as Georgetown University, Indiana University, Purdue University and Southern College of Optometry.
Our alumni pursue a wide variety of careers including medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy and scientific research.
Earlhamites in Neuroscience
Physical Therapy and Yoga
Laura Ladlow ’12 recalls dynamic and powerful classes from science courses to Earlham Seminars. She also studied in Tanzania and participated in sports, the Outdoors Club, student government and Dance Alloy.More
Doctoral Student in Physiology
Ashley Chabot '13 hopes to enhance the lives of those affected by childhood illness. In her science classes, the Maine native developed the hands-on lab techniques that enable her to feel comfortable with skills that she uses now as a graduate student.More