What is Neuroscience?
Sharon Ramos Goyette
Biology and Neuroscience
Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system from the molecular to the organismic levels of organization.
Neuroscience is multidisciplinary, drawing on knowledge from traditional disciplines such as biology, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology and experimental psychology.
To review the Neuroscience program requirements and course offerings, please visit our College Catalog (Hill Book).
Neuroscience majors may focus their studies in one of several areas:
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
This area of neuroscience is concerned with issues such as gene transcription and translation, intra- and intercellular communication, neuronal excitability, and conduction of nerve impulses. Investigators utilize techniques from biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, to elucidate the fundamental mechanisms by which neurons process and conduct information.
Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience
This area of neuroscience is concerned with how networks of neurons operate as a system to allow the organism to respond adaptively to its changing environment. These investigators, who focus on the relationship between the nervous system and behavior, are often called behavioral neuroscientists or physiological psychologists. Behavioral neuroscientists may study areas such as sensation and movement, as well as more complex forms of behavior, such as learning, memory, motivation and emotion.
This area of neuroscience in concerned with issues related to the biological nature of mental health. Focus is placed on understanding the biology and potential treatments for mental disorders including anxiety, depression and schizophrenia.