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Neuroscience majors learn about how complex animals see, hear, move, think and feel, as well as abnormalities that cause diseases and mechanisms that underlie pain and addiction.

Majoring in Neuroscience

The goal of neuroscience is to understand the brain and behavior, how we perceive, move, think and remember. Important aspects of the study of behavior can be examined at the level of individual nerve cells, their properties and the ways they communicate with one another. It is also possible now to address these basic issues directly at the molecular level. Many aspects of the biological basis of behavior are studied by examining specific functions of nervous systems and the behavior they produce. The neuroscience major at the University of Minnesota is designed to provide an introduction to these basic areas of investigation by emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of the subject. The prepares undergraduates to pursue advanced studies in neuroscience, take a position in one of the many rapidly growing areas in the pharmaceutical, medical, or biotechnology industries, or pursue a professional degree in medicine or psychology.

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Academic program and major requirements

Sample 4-year plan

Career paths

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Dr. Lorene Lanier | | 612-626-2399