Neuroscience Major

Stonehill's Neuroscience program provides an integrated and in-depth foundation for understanding the complex functions of the nervous system and, in particular, the brain.

The Neuroscience program at Stonehill College is based on the premise that the study of the brain requires a comprehensive foundation in the sciences and behavior. Our mission is to prepare students to actively engage in and contribute to the process, understanding and application of neuroscience.

Neuroscience majors study:

  • Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience, which includes topics such as gene transcription and translation, intra and intercellular communication, neuronal excitability and conduction of nerve impulses.
  • Systems & Behavioral Neuroscience, which includes how networks of neurons operate as a system to allow the organism to respond appropriately to its changing environment.
  • Clinical aspects of Neuroscience, which includes neural control and potential treatments for disorders such as sleep apnea, addiction, Type II diabetes, and mental disorders like anxiety, depression and schizophrenia.

While each student is exposed to material from all three areas, students are encouraged to discuss course elective selections with their advisors, particularly if they have specific interests in one of the three areas of focus within the neuroscience field.

“It wasn’t until I was enrolled in the Neuroscience program that I realized what a unique opportunity I had been given at Stonehill.
I am confident, that without my experiences and relationships formed at Stonehill, I would not be where I am today.”
 Dr. Megan Yardley ’09 
Dr. Yardley earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Southern California in 2014, and is now conducting research on alcohol use disorders at the UCLA Addictions Laboratory.

A Valuable Step Toward an Advanced Degree

In addition to providing our graduates with a solid foundation for entrance-level careers, the Neuroscience program is also a popular choice among students who plan to pursue advanced degrees. Our graduates have been accepted into some of the most prestigious graduate schools in the nation.

We provide a strong education in the fundamentals and allow students to choose an emphasis in either the biological or the psychological aspects of the field. Students with a focus on the biological side of neuroscience are prepared for a variety of careers.

Big Challenges, Great Support

In addition to enthusiastic and highly qualified neuroscience professors who are active in research, the Neuroscience program benefits from additional faculty members who are neurologists at Boston’s top hospitals. Students also have access to numerous other well-qualified faculty members from the Biology, Chemistry and Psychology departments.

All of professors challenge their students in the classroom. At the same time, the same professors, fellow students and a host of additional resources combine to create a supportive and enriching learning environment at Stonehill College.

State-of-the-Art Facilities & Resources

Opened in 2009, the $34 million, 89,000-square-foot Shields Science Center shows just how dedicated Stonehill is to the sciences. Shields offers state of the art facilities, including labs, observation rooms, research areas as well as innovative “clabs” that are designed to function as both classroom and lab space.

Access to advanced equipment

At Stonehill, students will learn by doing. Students that collaborate with faculty on research projects have access to a wide variety of high-tech equipment, a perk usually reserved for graduate students anywhere else. Here are just a few pieces of equipment that you may use: 

  • Morris Water Maze with Polytrack video tracking system
  • Tissue Culture Facility (4 Biosafety Hoods, Tissue Culture CO2 Incubators and Cryostorage unit)
  • Open Field Photobeam Activity System
  • Small Animal Stereotaxic Apparatus
  • High Field Digital NMR Spectrometer
  • Raman Spectrophotometer
  • UPLC System with Tandem Mass Spectrometer Detection
  • Femtosecond Pulse Laser Systems with 4W Opus Laser
  • Transmission Electron Microscope