Neuroscience Undergraduate Major
Neuroscience is the multidisciplinary study of the nervous system. In addition to focusing on basic scientific problems related to psychology, biology, and chemistry, neuroscience also forms the fundamental basis of many medical specialties, including psychiatry, neurology, and neurosurgery. Increasingly, neuroscientists must be well trained in a variety of scientific disciplines to keep up with the rapid advances in the field. A successful neuroscientist must be trained in fields spanning from molecular neurobiology to cognitive neuroscience. The program in neuroscience at U.Va. is designed to provide majors with the necessary skills to master this highly-multidisciplinary scientific field.
Objectives of the Major:
1. To provide students with a structure for coursework that assures a
solid grounding in natural science and an overall familiarity with neuroscience
as a discipline.
A maximum of 25 students will be selected for the program each year from a pool of applicants. Students will be chosen on the basis of prior academic and research performance and an essay explaining the student’s interest in neuroscience. The program will provide majors with the background and skills for continued study in graduate and professional schools.
The major is designed for students with a strong interest in the biology of the nervous system and a desire to conduct original research with U.Va. neuroscientists (e.g., future PhD or combined MD/Ph.D. students). We recommend pre-professional students who cannot commit for two years of intense research to consider other majors, which accomodate premed activities more readily and facilitate neuroscience research as effectively.
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UVA neuroscience research labs with possible openings in 2015. First and second years are encouraged to apply.