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New Neuroscience Major a Fall Option for Students to Consider


Students interested in pursuing neuroscience at UC now have a more direct and coordinated path to advanced study in that field through a new interdisciplinary major being offered out of the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.

Date: 5/23/2008 12:00:00 AM
By: Carey Hoffman
Phone: (513) 556-1825

UC ingot   It’s a long road from a freshman entering college to becoming a neurologist or a researcher in the field. That path for students at the University of Cincinnati is becoming more direct and simpler to navigate.

UC’s McMicken College of Arts and Sciences is in the process of rolling out a new undergraduate major in Neuroscience, with a full array of classes to be ready by fall quarter. Majors take core classes in biology, chemistry, psychology and neuroscience, then complete their upper division work in one of three tracks: Neurobiology, Neuropsychology, or Brain, Mind, and Behavior Studies.

"Career options for people who study neuroscience are many," says Professor of Philosophy John Bickle, who will oversee the program. "It’s an exciting and burgeoning field that is rapidly developing, and it’s a field that promises to provide outstanding careers for those with an interest in science and pursuing the kind of knowledge that is going to help those with brain injuries and afflictions lead better lives."

The program promises to provide opportunities that haven’t been available in the past to undergraduate students with an interest in this field. Undergraduate research opportunities will be part of the program, including opportunities across many labs at UC, including the Genome Research Institute. Students will finish their careers with a capstone research project of their own, and will also participate in a neuroscience seminar series that will expose them to the work of researchers across a number of areas.

Students interested in being a part of the program can declare themselves to be neuroscience majors through the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences’ office. They also should register for the "Introduction to Neuroscience: Neurobiology" course being offered in the fall. It is open to sophomore-level students and above.

For questions or more information on the program, contact John Bickle at 556-6336 or john.bickle@uc.edu  

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