Neuroscience Major

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Program Description

The brain is frequently referred to as one of the last great biological frontiers. The neuroscience program at Regis combines course work, service opportunities, and hands-on research experiences that allow students to cultivate applied skills and knowledge necessary for careers in the neurosciences, health sciences, medical sciences, biomedical industry and/or medical or graduate school.

Our exciting program provides students the opportunity to study the brain, nervous system, behavior, and cognitive processes from multiple perspectives including health sciences, physiology, anatomy, pharmacology, imaging, animal behavior and data collection and analysis. This interdisciplinary approach allows students to explore the nervous system from the level of molecules up to memory and emotions. Students in the program hone critical thinking, writing and communication skills through analysis of the newest breakthroughs and trends in neuroscience. Course work culminates in a research experience or internship, in which students gain an in-depth knowledge of a specific topic within neuroscience through one-on-one mentorship with a faculty member.

Program Outcomes

  • Exhibit a broad knowledge of the major life and behavioral sciences upon which neuroscience is founded.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how historical background and theoretical perspectives shaped the current state of the field.
  • Articulate the interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience and the mutual contributions and intersections among neuroscience, humanities and social sciences.
  • Describe the underlying principles, strengths, limitations and ethical considerations of common methodologies used in neuroscience research.
  • Analyze, interpret and represent quantitative information in both symbolic and graphical forms.
  • Apply underlying neuroscience principles and techniques to independently solve a hypothesis-driven research question in a specific sub-discipline.
  • Effectively communicate scientific findings, concepts and theories to both general and scientific audiences in both written and oral formats through advocacy and outreach to the community.

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Experience

“Neuroscience is a growing field with many recent discoveries that allow us to understand mechanisms and diseases like never before. Being such a quickly growing field also allows more opportunity to join the front line in Neuroscience research.” Said Morales. “Organizing a poster board to present at a major neuroscience conference was extremely enriching but the experience of building an entire lab from scratch to later perform experiments was the most gratifying experience I’ve had at Regis so far, Morales said of her research experience.” –Emma Morales ’19, pre-med

Student faculty research collaboration

Dr. Threlkeld, the Neuroscience program director, in collaboration with colleagues at Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University recently published a research article in the journal Scientific Reports titled “TrkB-enhancer facilitates functional recovery after traumatic brain injury”. The publication is related to a larger collaborative preclinical grant between the institutions, which aims to develop a novel treatment to improve physiological and behavioral function in traumatic brain injury patients. Students at Regis College have had extensive opportunities to participate in the ongoing project.

“After taking Introduction to Neuroscience and going to Nicaragua – on a Regis service trip - I was inspired to apply to be a caregiver with a child with cerebral palsy and it amazed me to connect what I had learn in class. It's amazing to have the opportunity to learn so many different areas of ‘Neuroscience’ and to be able to declare it my major it opens up a lot of different doors including service work.” –Mckenzi Hammond ’19, neuroscience

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Curriculum

Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience

Required Foundation Courses:

PS 203: Introduction to Psychology
BI 105: Anatomy and Physiology I (Lab)
BI 106: Anatomy and Physiology II (Lab)

or

BI 103: Introductory Biology I (Lab) (Bio or Premed)
BI 104: Introductory Biology II (Lab) (Bio or Premed)

CH 103: General Chemistry I (Lab)
CH 104: General Chemistry II (Lab)

PS 303: Research Methods in Psychology I (Lab)
PS 304: Research Methods in Psychology II (Lab)
MA 211: Statistics I
MA 212: Statistics II

or

MA 105/106: Calculus (Bio or Premed students)

Neuroscience Core Courses:

NEU 200: Introduction to Neuroscience
PS 329: Neuropsychology
BI 306: Neurobiology (Lab)

NEU 401: Neuroscience Research I
NEU 402: Neuroscience Research II

Neuroscience Electives:

Chose 5 courses from the list below. At least two course must be taken from each of categories A and B.

Category A: Molecular/Cellular

BI 210: Cell Biology
BI 307: Genetics
BI 308: Developmental Biology
BI 312A: Animal Physiology
BI 317: Immunology
NEU: 324: Drugs, Brain & Behavior

Category B: Cognitive/Behavioral:

PS 321: Cognitive Processes
PS 309: Abnormal Psychology: Adult
PS 314A: Abnormal Psychology: Child and Adolescent
PS/NEU 322: Learning and Memory

Neuroscience premedical preparation must also take the following courses:

General Physics/Lab PY213 & PY214
Biochemistry/Lab CH315 & CH316
Organic Chemistry/Lab CH305 & CH306

Minor in Neuroscience

Foundation Courses

PS 203: Introduction to Psychology
BI 105: Anatomy and Physiology I (Lab) or BI 103: Introductory Biology I (Lab)

Neuroscience Core:

NEU 200: Introduction to Neuroscience
PS 329: Neuropsychology
BI 306: Neurobiology (Lab)

Neuroscience Electives:

Take one additional course from category A or B.

Category A Molecular/Cellular:

BI 210: Cell Biology
BI 307: Genetics
BI 308: Developmental Biology
BI 312A: Animal Physiology Category
BI 317: Immunology
NEU: 324: Drugs, Brain and Behavior

Category B Cognitive/Behavioral:

PS 321: Cognitive Processes
PS 309: Abnormal Psychology: Adult
PS 314A: Abnormal Psychology: Child and Adolescent
PS/NEU 322: Learning and Memory

Note: No more than two courses may double count toward a student’s major and the neuroscience minor

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