Associate Professor Guardiola-Diaz (Biology and Neuroscience), Director; Neuroscience Coordinating Committee: Thomas S. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Biology Blackburn∙∙ (Biology), Professor Dunlap (Biology), Brownell Professor of Philosophy Lloyd (Philosophy), Professor Mace (Psychology), Vernon Roosa Professor of Applied Science Masino† (Psychology and Neuroscience), and Professor Raskin (Psychology and Neuroscience); Associate Professors Blaise (Engineering) and Church∙ (Chemistry and Neuroscience); Assistant Professor Casserly (Psychology) and Helt (Psychology and Neuroscience); Senior Lecturer and Laboratory Coordinator Swart; Visiting Associate Professor Brunquell
Neuroscience is a broad, multidisciplinary field concerned with the nervous system, its components, and functional activities, including behavior and consciousness. How do nerve cells function and develop, and how do they communicate? How do brains work, and how have they evolved? What is the nature of consciousness and the neural basis for behaviors and for human brain dysfunction? These are among the many questions being answered by contemporary neuroscience.
Neuroscience at Trinity involves faculty from the departments of biology, chemistry, engineering, philosophy, and psychology. The major is designed to give students a fundamental grounding in the sciences and the flexibility to direct their studies toward cellular/molecular, systems/behavioral, and clinical/cognitive aspects of neuroscience. A major in neuroscience can lead to a career in scientific research, the health professions, education, business, law, or government. The Trinity major also prepares students for further study in graduate school and medical school. Students who are considering a major in neuroscience should consult with the neuroscience director or a member of the Neuroscience Coordinating Committee as soon as possible to ensure the selection of an appropriate sequence of courses. Neuroscience students planning to attend graduate school for an advanced degree in any of the sciences are advised to take a course in statistics or statistical methods. Those who intend to enter a health-related profession should also consult with a member of the Health Professions Advising Committee.
The neuroscience major—The major requires 16 courses, including nine core courses and seven course credits from the list of electives. Electives must be selected from at least three different departments (biology, chemistry, engineering, neuroscience, philosophy, or psychology). No course grade of less than C- may be counted toward the major.
*HFPR 202. Health Care Research may substitute for NESC 425 provided the research is done in a neurological, neurosurgical, neuropsychiatric, or basic neuroscience laboratory setting. This substitution must be approved by the program director.
Breadth requirement—Electives must cover three departments (NESC, PSYC, BIOL, CHEM, ENGR, PHIL)
Depth option—In order to be designated as fulfilling a concentration in one area of neuroscience, students who choose to do so (in addition to fulfilling the breadth requirements above) must complete four electives as listed below. This will be indicated on their transcript (e.g., Neuroscience: Cellular/Molecular Concentration).
Four electives fulfill depth in one area:
To double major in neuroscience and another major, a maximum of three courses with a designation of 200 or above can be double-counted in both majors.
Honors in neuroscience—Honors in the major will be awarded to students who attain a B+ average in courses in the major at the 200 level and above (not including the research project) and who also demonstrate superior performance in a research project, culminating in a two-semester thesis, an oral proposal and final presentation, and a poster at the spring science symposium.
Courses at other institutions—Students who wish to earn major credit for course work at other institutions should submit to the director the name of the institution and the number, title, and catalog description of the course. This information must be submitted in writing before the work is initiated and formal permission must be granted before the courses can be credited toward the major at Trinity, following the usual procedures established by the Office of Study Away.
Study away—Neuroscience students who wish to study abroad should meet with their adviser and the program director in advance of the semester they intend to go abroad. Professor Guardiola-Diaz is currently the study-abroad adviser for the Neuroscience Program and can advise students regarding specific study-abroad options. There are many study-abroad locations that allow for course work in neuroscience as well as internship experiences. Students who wish to take a course for major credit while abroad must have this approved by the program director before going abroad.