Neuroscience is the study of cells in the nervous system. The nervous system consists of two main parts: the central nervous system, brain and spinal chord, and the peripheral nervous system, which includes the nerves in the neck, arms, trunk, legs, skeletal muscles, and internal organs. As a Neuroscience major, you will seek to understand the nervous system and its functioning at levels ranging from that of molecules interacting with cell membranes to that of brain systems serving cognitive functions such as language. Your goal is to advance the understanding of human thought, emotion, and behavior through the examination of how neurons communicate with each other as well as how cells develop and function at the individual level and as integrated systems of cellular networks. Through extensive research and rigorous coursework you will seek the answers to some of life’s most puzzling questions about the inner workings of the human mind.
The field of neuroscience is a newly recognized discipline with exciting opportunities. Neuroscientists work to describe the human brain and how it functions normally, determine how the nervous system develops, matures, and maintains itself throughout life, and find ways to prevent or cure neurological and psychiatric disorders. Some neuroscientists are interested in the basic understanding of how the nervous system works, while others are studying ways to prevent or cure nervous-system based disorders. Some scientists examine how neurons are replaced and regrow, while others are interested in discovering the causes of neurological disease. Your specialized area of research as a Neuroscience major may determine your career path; however, it is not the only factor that will contribute to your future career. Internship and research experience, extracurricular activities, and the skills you develop as a result of your academic and out-of-class experiences all influence career paths.
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