Neuroscience Major Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the undergraduate major in Neuroscience, students will be able to:
- Understand the fundamental principles of neuroscience across all levels of analysis – molecular/cellular, circuits, systems, and behavior.
- Understand the principles of evolution, especially as they apply to the nervous system and behavior.
- Develop additional expertise and depth of knowledge in at least one area of neuroscience (molecular/cellular, circuits, systems, and behavior).
- Address a question in neuroscience by integrating information from multiple levels of analysis.
- Understand the theory and practice of important current neuroscience research techniques, along with their strengths and limitations.
- Acquire laboratory experience through neuroscience courses or research.
- Develop skills in data analysis using relevant quantitative and programming methods.
- Obtain training to work comfortably and successfully within a research team or equivalent experience.
- Critically evaluate scientific literature, including assessment of the problems addressed, methodology used (including statistical analyses), and conclusions drawn.
- Demonstrate skill in innovative and integrative thinking and problem-solving.
- Demonstrate skill in experimental design and interpretation.
- Demonstrate proficiency in clear, concise, and graceful writing.
- Demonstrate proficiency with oral communication in a range of professional situations.
- Demonstrate proficiency in graphical presentation of information integrated into both written and oral presentations.
- Understand the influences, current and potential, of neuroscience on other fields such as medicine, education, the arts, and the social sciences.
- Recognize the relationships between scientific research and the culture(s) in which it is embedded.
- Understand and follow ethical practices in academic study, scientific research, and professional life.
- Understand the activities, opportunities, and responsibilities of the individual scientist within the scientific community.
- Recognize the range of career opportunities outside academia.
- Develop and, as far as possible, implement plans for career development.
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