The neuroscience degree program at UW-River Falls is an interdisciplinary program that combines the scientific knowledge in disciplines such as psychology, biology and chemistry to study how the brain and nervous system work to guide behavior and cognition. The program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing graduate training in neuroscience, attending medical school or obtaining a research-related position in the life sciences, biotechnology or the pharmaceutical industry. Students will gain in-depth understanding in neuroscience, from the cellular and molecular bases of nervous system function, to a systems-level approach to the study of brain-behavior relationships.
Highlights of the Neuroscience Degree Program
- Students can conduct independent research with a faculty mentor and often present their work at annual conferences such as the Society for Neuroscience or the Midwestern Psychological Association.
- Students have opportunities to participate in the Psychology Club or Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.
- Faculty advisers work with students to create individualized career plans based on their future goals.
Skills and Learning Outcomes
As a student in this program, you will learn to:
- Understand the complexities of neuroscience spanning the breadth of the field, from the theoretical to the experimental, and across multiple levels of analysis, from cellular and molecular biology of the brain to behavior.
- Understand the sciences underlying neuroscience, including psychology, biology, chemistry, and other emerging areas.
- Prepare for advanced study in neuroscience, neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, and medicine.
- Collaborate with neuroscientists across a wide range of systems and levels of analysis.
- Prepare for careers in neuroscience-related companies, biotechnology, pharmaceutical industries or health professions.
- Specialize within subfields of neuroscience given their concentration selection.
Neuroscience majors become medical professionals, researchers, educators and can be found in other professions that value the critical thinking skills and ability to synthesize diverse information gained by studying neuroscience.
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