Experiencing Life as a Neuroscientist
The Neuroscience Program at Stonehill College combines faculty expertise and extensive internships to consistently place students in top-tier graduate programs and professional positions.Read The Story
Alexandra Trausch ’15 Named Neuroscience Program’s 2015 Student of the Year
Trausch will begin her pursuit of a PhD in neurobiology and physiology at the University of Connecticut this fall.
Research Endeavors Earn Students Invitation to Renowned Sleep Science Conference
Stonehill Students are Among the First Undergraduates Invited to the Lake Arrowhead Sleep Science Conference
Courtney Birchall named Neuroscience Student of the Year
In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, Courtney Birchall ’14 has been named the top student in the Neuroscience Program for 2014.
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.
- The Neurobiology of Disease, which includes studying the neurobiological bases of conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Addiction and Major Depressive Disorder.
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.
A Valuable Step Toward an Advanced Degree
In addition to providing our graduates with a solid foundation for entrance-level careers, the Neuroscience major 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, Neuroscience majors 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