Students should attain a broad understanding of the development, physiology, anatomy, and evolutionary history of the nervous system in both human and non-human animals. Toward this end, they should have a general understanding of the electrochemical behavior of nerve cells and synapses, sensorimotor processes, anatomical features, and circuit-level processes underlying various cognitive and behavioral outcomes.
Students will be introduced to technology appropriate to the field, including electrophysiological recordings and cytological and molecular techniques. Neuroscience and Behavior majors will learn how to construct novel hypotheses from existing literature and design relevant experiments to challenge underlying assumptions. As a result, students will understand how to design laboratory-based and field experiments and be well versed in methods of data collection, statistical analysis and written and oral presentation.
Students should be exposed to the primary literature of the discipline and should be taught to use this as a major resource for their own learning. Finally, students should be aware of major events and trends in the history of neuroscience and ethical issues in research.