Exploring the last great, biological frontier is the goal of the cutting-edge neuroscience major at Regis College. The major combines course work with real-world, hands-on research experiences inside laboratory settings, allowing you to cultivate applied skills and the knowledge necessary for careers in several innovative health sciences and medical research fields. The major's curriculum will also prepare you for graduate school possibilities.
Our innovative program that puts the classroom inside groundbreaking, real-life research provides you the opportunity to study the brain, nervous system, behavior, and cognitive processes from multiple perspectives including physiology, anatomy, pharmacology, animal behavior and data collection and analysis. This multidimensional approach allows students to explore the nervous system from the level of molecules up to memory and emotions. Course work culminates in a research experience or internship as well as one-on-one mentorship with a faculty member to prepare them to enter the workforce immediately after graduation.
Students who graduate from the neuroscience program exhibit a broad knowledge of the major as well as the life and behavioral sciences upon which neuroscience is founded. Additionally, you will:
After taking Introduction to Neuroscience and going to Nicaragua on a Regis service trip, I was inspired to be a caregiver with a child with cerebral palsy and it amazed me to connect what I learned in class.Mckenzi Hammond ’19, neuroscience major
From the first year to the last semester, neuroscience majors at Regis are engaged through outreach projects, local partner field visits, and hands-on research experiences.
Recently, Neuroscience students visited the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center at McLean Hospital in Belmont. Students heard a special lecture by former director Tim Wheelock and toured the brain bank where they had a chance to view healthy and diseased brain samples. They learned how important brain donation is for research into neurological and psychiatric disorders.
We recently published a research article in collaboration with colleagues at Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University 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.
There are many opportunities to join the front line in neuroscience research. 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.