Welcome Neuroscience Majors!
I am so ecstatic to welcome you as the first Neuroscience majors at the University of Maryland, College Park! This program has been a long time coming through tremendous efforts of many folx. I am saddened that we cannot all be together to celebrate in person, but I know we will have many opportunities to do so in the future.
I remember when I took my first Neuroscience course, right here in College Park. What hooked me then and continues to inspire and engage me is that Neuroscience is the ultimate of interdisciplinary fields. In that first course, I was able to knit together lessons that I had learned in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Psychology and even Art classes.
The Neuroscience major was built on this interdisciplinary framework. As a collaboration between the Biology and Psychology departments, our program is forging new paths, bridging two colleges. As part of your studies, you will have access to courses in departments across this campus. Our goal is to train you, so that you can reach your career goals, whether they be in the medical field, research, industry or one of the many other fields a Neuroscience background can support. I truly believe that by studying the nervous system, we can learn to better understand the world and make it a better place.
I, along with the Neuroscience Advising Team, have spent the past several months preparing for your arrival. We’re excited to share what we’ve been working on. The safety and well being of our students, staff, and faculty is of utmost importance to us. For the Fall 2020 semester, all NEUR prefix courses, events, and advising meetings will be virtual. We will ensure that you will have the same access to your advisor as you would if we were physically on campus. You can read more information about Drop-In Advising and scheduling appointments with our advisors.
You have already done amazing things to get to this point, and I can’t wait to meet you and see what else you can do!
Dr. Hilary Bierman
Director, Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience
UMD Class of 2001