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Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience

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Undergraduate Program Overview

The neuroscience major is a four-year B.A. degree based primarily on coursework and research, and is designed to provide rigorous preparation for advanced study in a Ph.D. program, medical/dental/law school, or industry. The program provides a broad overview of the field, as well as more advanced training in one of three specialized areas: cognitive, cellular and molecular, or systems neuroscience. Degree requirements are essentially the same for each concentration, except that the specific advanced courses and the nature of the laboratory research will reflect the student's area of concentration.

The Neuroscience Program Committee, led by professor Gregory Ball, Dean of Research and Graduate Education in the School of Arts and Sciences, is involved in coordinating course offerings, overseeing the program’s interdepartmental courses, making decisions about admission to the B.A./M.S. program, approving proposed research programs and mentors for students.

Learning Goals

To fulfill the program mission and objectives undergraduates at Johns Hopkins who complete the Neuroscience major should attain the following learning goals.

  1. Acquire an broad understanding of the structure and function of the nervous system. This means understanding causal mechanisms related to brain, behavior and cognition ranging from the cell molecular level through the systems/ behavioral to the cognitive level of analysis.
  2. Attain an understanding of, and experience with, the requisite methods employed in the modern investigation of neuroscience topics.
  3. Acquire an understanding of one of three subfield of neuroscience – cognitive, systems or cellular molecular.
  4. Develop competence in oral and written scientific communication  evaluated to both specialists and non-specialists.
  5. Acquire the ability to critically analyze scientific research especially as it is related to the field of neuroscience.
  6. Evaluate and prepare for career paths in neuroscience and related fields in biomedicine.