4-Year Plans

Goals of the Neurobiology Major

Upon completion of the Neurobiology Major, it is our expectation that all of our students come away having strong background in basic science and mathematics, plus upper level study in cutting-edge neuroscience topics. We have developed a set of goals that will help all students realize this expectation. Graduates of the Neurobiology major will be able to:

  • Appreciate the ionic basics and mechanisms of excitable membranes, synaptic transmission, and neurotransmitter function.
  • Feel confident about their understanding of and ability to discuss central and peripheral neuroanatomy, and the function of a variety of well-studied neuroanatomical pathways.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the principles underlying motor function, sensory systems, autonomic regulation, cognitive functions and emotional regulation
  • Critically analyze how experimental tools in neuroscience and other related fields can answer questions in neuroscience research.
  • Evaluate how specific physiological and pathological perturbations might alter neuronal function at the molecular, cellular, synaptic, and systems levels.

Please see our suggested 4-year plans, in order to begin thinking about your own path to success.