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Psychology: Interdisciplinary Neuroscience

The Interdisciplinary Neuroscience concentration is coordinated by the Department of Psychology and is intended for biology, chemistry, and psychology majors who desire an interdisciplinary approach to the study of physiology, biochemistry, and behavior of higher organisms. The program provides the individual undergraduate student with the opportunity to develop competence in physiological and behavioral methods of investigation of the nervous system.

Course requirements for the concentration are dependent upon a student’s major.

Courses and Degree Map

Dr. Helen Murphy, Department of Psychology

Requirements for Biology Majors and Cell & Molecular Biology Majors can be found here

Checklist of required courses for Bio-chemistry majors doing the neuroscience concentration. A degree plan looks like this and can be modified as needed.

Checklist for required courses for psychology majors doing the neuroscience concentration. A degree plan looks like this and can be modified as needed.

Research

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Research Opportunities

A unique feature provided by the program is a laboratory independent research project in neuroscience. The project may be carried out in any of the three participating departments or an outside institution such as Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals of Cleveland. 

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Alumni

Over 90% of our graduates pursue a post-baccalaureate degree in medical school, dental school, pharmacy school, podiatry school, veterinary school, law school, graduate school (neuroscience, biology, chemistry, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, community psychology, experimental psychology), and physical therapy programs. Other neuroscience students have obtained research positions at such institutions as Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals of Cleveland.

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ECSC award winners

Senior students present the results of their research projects at the Eastern Colleges Science Conference. For 29 consecutive years, JCU neuroscience students have earned first place/excellence awards for a research paper or poster in biology, chemistry, and/or psychology at this conference.

ECSC award winners