Neuroscience Program


Neuroscience Program                                                                                                                                                                                    
How do our minds work? How can we explain the behavior of animals and people? What goes wrong when someone has a learning disability, or is emotionally disturbed? What causes and might cure Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease? Would you like to explore possible answers to these questions by studying the structure and function of the brain? Consider a major in neuroscience at Agnes Scott! Learn about the biological basis of behavior by exploring 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.

Why Neuroscience at Agnes is one of the best options for women in STEM
Smaller liberal arts colleges offer STEM majors more opportunities in research an active based learning. SUMMIT in the liberal arts not only allows students to benefit from more opportunities in STEM, it also trains students in the areas of global and leadership that are vital to understanding the role of science in the greater global community. Agnes Scott offers women in STEM a voice where they are often overshadowed in the male-dominated STEM fields. Having a Neuroscience major that provides the stringent requirements for graduate school and medical school, while providing more opportunities to women in STEM sets Neuroscience at Agnes above other colleges and universities. 

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 Independent Research
As you progress in the program, you will be encouraged to 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
NOTE: Students with a Neuroscience major may not double-major or minor in Psychology or Biology. 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.