Neuroscientists examine the structure and function of the human brain and nervous system. Integrating insights from a variety of disciplines - such as biology and psychology - neuroscience helps us understand how the brain is structured, how it works, how it can malfunction and how it can be changed.

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Investigate the mind.

An undergraduate degree in neuroscience creates a variety of pathways for students who are attracted toward the sciences. Neuroscience is an ideal course of study for students who wish to enter Medical School, pursue graduate studies or move into counseling, therapy, addiction work or social work.

Sponsors, Professors, and Experts

This program was created with the support of four key members of the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative.

National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative

The NNCI is a collaboration between educators and neuroscientists that seeks to make core concepts in neuroscience available to a broader audience. To accomplish this, they have developed engaging and interactive exercises for teaching in the classroom through a peer-review process. Their overarching aim is to create, pilot, and disseminate a comprehensive set of shared resources in the field of neuroscience.

Dr. David Ross

Yale University

Dr. David Ross is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and Associate Program Director of the Yale Adult Psychiatry Residency. He is a Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative. Dr. Ross holds an MD and Ph.D, from Yale and has won numerous awards within the fields of neuroscience and psychiatry.

Dr. Adriane dela Cruz

University of Texas Southwestern

Dr. Adriane dela Cruz is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at University of Texas Southwestern. She completed her undergraduate training at Amherst College, where she earned her B.A. in neuroscience magna cum laude. She completed her M.D. and Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Texas. Her interests include research and practice in addiction psychiatry and psychiatric education at the medical student, resident, and fellow level with a focus on neuroscience and evidence-based medicine.

Dr. Ashley Walker

University of Oklahoma

Dr. Ashley Walker is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and the Residency Training Director at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology and mathematics at Rice University, medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern and psychiatry residency at the OU School of Community Medicine. Her interests include psychiatric education, physician well-being, treatment of severe mental illness, and eliminating racism and mental health stigma.

Dr. Joseph J Cooper

University of Illinois

Dr. Joseph J Cooper serves as Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Director of Undergraduate Medical Education in Psychiatry, and Co-Director of the Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University, medical school at the University of Chicago, and fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry at Northwestern University. His interests include education in neuroscience, neuropsychiatry, and neuromodulation.

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Quick facts on the industry.

Why study Neuroscience

Neuroscientists play a critical role in examining and treating the disorders of the brain and nervous system. This makes neuroscience a critical and highly rewarding field that will keep us on the cutting-edge of how to support our health and well-being.

Interdisciplinary study

Gain exposure to a variety of fields including biology, psychology, chemistry and more.

Job ready

The neuroscience curriculum was heavily influenced by leading experts who have a deep understanding of what skills are critical in the workforce.

What you'll learn.

NSM I - Neuroscience Foundations

NSM II - Perception and Movement

NSM III - Cognitive Neuroscience

NSM IV - Clinical Neuropathology