Neuroscience Bachelor of Science
Department of Molecular, Cellular, & Integrative Neurosciences
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OVERVIEW OF MAJOR
Are you interested in how the human mind works? Do you have strong aptitude for physical and biological sciences?

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary study of the nervous system. Research is conducted at many different levels to study brain and neuron function and in many different systems including humans, animals, other intact organisms, and in cultured tissues and neuronal cells.

There are two concentrations within the Neuroscience major: Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience and Cell and Molecular Neuroscience. Both concentrations have a similar two-year core curriculum, which, in addition to the important broad educational courses, also provides an excellent scientific foundation in chemistry, mathematics, physics, biology (cell biology and genetics), and psychology. Both concentrations also share some common upper division courses that include human physiology, functional neuroanatomy, statistics, cellular neurobiology and biochemistry. Many of the requirements for admission into medical and other health professional schools can be found in both concentrations.

Concentration-specific courses for Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience include cognitive psychology or the psychology of learning, physiological psychology, sensation and perception, and cognitive neuroscience.

Concentration-specific courses for Cell and Molecular Neuroscience includes additional course work in mathematics, physics, and biochemistry, as well as courses in microbiology, immunology, and molecular regulation of cell function.

The Neuroscience undergraduate major requires a written thesis, based either upon original research or upon a critical evaluation of the literature in a particular area of neuroscience.

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CHARACTERISTICS AND SKILLS
* Strong interest in understanding learning, behavior, and neuronal function.
* Aptitude for science and mathematics
* Desire for an excellent academic preparation for entry into health professions, graduate school or directly into the work force
* Interest in working closely with a faculty mentor for thesis preparation

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POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS
The depth and breadth of coursework, coupled with the capstone thesis required for the Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience, prepares students for advanced graduate and professional study or a wide variety of exciting career options. Participation in internships, volunteer activities, or cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance practical training and development. Career options include but are not limited to:
* Technical writing or sales in the life sciences industry
* Research and development in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies
* Laboratory or field-based studies in academic or government institutes (e.g. Center for Disease Control)
* Health professions like veterinary or medical school

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MORE INFORMATION
Molecular, Cellular, & Integrative Neurosciences
1617 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-0425
http://mcin.colostate.edu/Undergrad/index.html

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