Neuroscience Program

The Neuroscience program at Agnes Scott offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the nervous system with the goal of understanding the biological basis of behavior. Neuroscience includes a wide range of approaches from the molecular biology of nerve cells to neural circuit analysis to the biological basis of complex phenomena such as disordered behavior and cognition.

The academic program in neuroscience provides a foundation for understanding the biological, chemical and psychological principles underlying this field. Specific courses in the major provide knowledge of the methods and practice of science and fundamental concepts in neuroscience. Flexibility in choice of upper-level electives allows a student to design her major depending upon her goals and interests. A final capstone experience in neuroscience provides an opportunity to engage in research projects on contemporary problems within the field.  

 Major Student Learning Objectives

Students graduating with a Neuroscience major from Agnes Scott College will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the structure and function of the nervous system at various levels of organization
  • Understand the research methods used in neuroscience and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the research techniques
  • Engage in research design, data analysis and critical thinking of an inquiry based research question
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues surrounding neuro-scientific research on human and animal models
  • Critically evaluate scientific literature
  • Present their research findings at a research symposium 

Learn from many perspectives

The academic program in neuroscience provides a foundation for understanding the biological, chemical and psychological principles underlying the field. You will be able to learn from faculty in several departments (see the faculty tab for the Neuroscience faculty), and flexibility in choice of upper-level electives will allow you to design your major depending on your goals and interests.  

Conduct research

As you progress in the program, you will participate in summer research programs in neuroscience or research experiences with biology and psychology faculty members. The neuroscience major includes a capstone experience that provides the opportunity to engage in research projects on contemporary problems within the field. Examples of past research projects are in the Research and Internships tab. Publications resulting from those experiences are in the Neuroscience publication tab. 

How will this program help me when I graduate?

A major in neuroscience opens a number of career doors for graduates—in medicine, education, government and industry. Visit the "Neuroscience at Agnes: Where Can it Take Me?" tab to find out what careers are available with a Neuroscience major and what additional schooling may be required. There are also examples of Agnes Scott Alumnae who majored in Neuroscience in the Alumnae Spotlights. 

Requirements for the Neuroscience Major at Agnes Scott

Required Courses as well as a major planning sheet are found on the Major and Minors tab with descriptions of each course on the Courses tab. 

NOTE: Students with a Neuroscience major may not double-major or minor in Psychology or Biology.


** A student considering a major in Neuroscience should consult with a Neuroscience adviser early in her college career to ensure normal progression in the major.




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