Professor Nicole Weekes, department chair
Associate Professor Karl Johnson, co-chair (fall)
Professors Lewis, Weekes
Associate Professors Johnson, Levin, Parfitt
Assistant Professor Matsui
Assistant Professor and Director J. King
Visiting Assistant Professor Watanabe
Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system and its relationship to mental processes and behavior. The study of neuroscience has revolutionized the fundamental way in which we think about what it means to be human. Because many of the emerging approaches to understanding brain function require a firm foundation in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, mathematics and computer science, students majoring in neuroscience are required to take basic courses in a wide variety of science disciplines.
Neuroscience not only serves as an intersection between traditional disciplines but has become a discipline in its own right. As such, it changes the way in which we approach those disciplines on which it was founded. Neuroscientists study such issues as the molecular and cellular basis of neuronal function, nervous system structure, how systems of neurons process information, the way in which functions are represented in the brain, the evolutionary development of the nervous system, neural correlates of behavior and mechanisms of nervous system disorders. The Neuroscience Major prepares students for graduate study in neuroscience, medicine and for other careers that benefit from a solid foundation in science.