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Within the field of neuroscience, scientists investigate the molecular levels of the nervous system, the systems within the brain (such as vision and hearing), and the behaviors produced by the brain.

Some areas addressed by the study of neuroscience include cognition, the pathology of aging, and the influence of drugs and hormones on behavior. Concepts evolving in neuroscience right now include Alzheimer's research, the study of the regeneration of neural tissue after spinal cord injuries, and the biochemical basis of thinking.

The neuroscience major emphasizes a collaborative interdisciplinary approach to understanding the complex neural mechanisms involved in the control of human or animal behavior. The major provides students with a broadly-based, yet integrated, education focused on the relationship between behaviors and biology at multiple levels.

The neuroscience major is recommended for students who are considering postgraduate careers in neurobiology, neuroscience, neuropsychology, experimental psychology, pharmaceutical research, and medicine. Students pursue graduate degrees in the medical field and basic scientific research.

A minor in neuroscience is available for those students who are interested in the neural substrates of both normal and abnormal patterns of behavior.

DEGREE OFFERED
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

SCIENCE FEATURES
Students recieve laboratory experience to help them develop scientific process skills, such as critical thinking and writing. All students engage in original research under supervision of a faculty member. King's has a cognitive neuroscience lab where students are now conducting research on neural substrates of dyslexia and the effects of nicotine on memory. Students completing the major will have an interdisciplinary scientific background from which to pursue their individual interests in the neurosciences.

DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSON
Dr. JOAN COFFIN, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neuroscience
B.S., Gwynedd-Mercy College
M.A/, Temple University

Ph.D., Temple University

CAREER OPTIONS
Psychiatrist
Physician
Neurosurgeon
Forensic Science
Pharmaceuticals
Neuroscientist
Health and allied health professions
Teaching
State and federal governmental science agencies

GRADUATE STUDIES
M.A./Ph/D/ in biology, psychology or neuroscience
M.D./D.D.O./D.D.S./
V.D.M./D.M.D./
O.D./Pharma.D./D.C./P.T.

CURRICULUM

NEUROSCIENCE (B.S.)

FIRST YEAR
General Biology (BIOL 111/L)
General Biology II (BIOL 112/L)
General Chemistry (CHEM 113/L)
General Chemistry II (CHEM 114/L)
Calculus (MATH 125)
Psychological Dynamics (CORE 154)

SECOND YEAR
Neuroscience I (NEUR 211)
Neuroscience II (NEUR 212)
Organic Chemistry (CHEM 241)
Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 242)
Intro to Statistics (MATH 126)
Computing Skills: Sciences I (CS 101)**

 

THIRD YEAR
Biology Elective
Biology Elective
Neuroscience Elective
Science Elective***
Science Elective***

FOURTH YEAR
Senior Seminar (NEUR 480)
Neuroscience Research (NEUR 490)
Neuroscience Elective
Neuroscience Elective

PLUS Four (4) free electives

OR

THIRD AND FOURTH YEAR
Tailored to Student Interest: Cellular/Molecular Emphasis or Behavioral/Cognitive Emphasis, Elective Choices

** Students may elect PSYC 215 in place of CS 101
*** Physics 111 and 112 should be taken by Pre-Healing Arts Students
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