About Our Program
Recalling a memory, the impulse for fight or flight, emotions, senses, walking, talking-- your brain is a powerful organ and neuroscientists are devoted to understanding it.
In our collaborative classroom, you’ll use your curiosity about the brain to ask your own research questions, collect data, and present your findings. You’ll use cutting-edge research in the field as you explore small organisms, single cells, and both animal and human behavior.
With a focus on interdisciplinary learning, you can study neuroscience from a biological perspective in the cellular track or from a psychological perspective in our behavioral track.
Whichever aspect of neuroscience sparks your interest, you’ll be prepared for careers in research or continued education in neuroscience, medicine, counseling, or applied behavioral analysis-- just to name a few of your many career options after St. Lawrence.
Learning Experiences to Prepare for Your CareerStimulate your mind by conducting research that is at the forefront of scientific discovery in neuroscience. Our hands-on program will prepare you for a variety of medical or science related careers.
You can examine neuroscience topics or pressing issues further through research during the semester or as part of a paid summer fellowship.
You may even get to analyze behavioral deficits among rodent models of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder like Rachel Loyst ’21. She worked alongside professor Adam Fox as a research assistant and presented her research findings at multiple conferences.
Senior Year Experience (SYE)
Turn your passion into a project with a Senior Year Experience, which is what Sarah Yablonski ’19 did. She collaborated with professor Ana Estevez to investigate potential therapeutic treatments for neurodegenerative conditions such as stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.
You can also gain experience while making a difference through service work. For example, during Brain Week, neuroscience majors and faculty lead interactive exhibits that highlight the brain function and neuroscience research. Community members of all ages visit campus for our “Brain Blast” annual event and are able to learn about lobes of the brain, mammal skulls, sensation and perception, and more.
Considering a career in the health field? With the support of local hospitals, dentists, and veterinarians, you can spend a day learning the ropes from a professional in the field of your interest. You can even take advantage of St. Lawrence’s strong alumni network to pursue a shadowing opportunity closer to home.
Short-Term Off-Campus Research Fellowships
In addition to on-campus research opportunities, you’ll have the chance to pursue short-term summer research fellowships at other colleges and universities.
Choose from more than 30 semester-long programs offered in more than 20 international locations, including Denmark, Kenya, Sweden, Kenya, New Zealand, and Australia.
You might even get to take the popular summer abroad class Neuroscience of Fear -- a perfect option for students wishing to complete a short abroad program during the summer months in locations like Copenhagen, Denmark, and Rome, Italy.
Among the 150+ clubs and organizations at St. Lawrence, you’ll find many that involve your passion for health and the sciences, including:
- SLU Pre-Health Club
- American Chemical Society
- Active Minds
- Nutrition Club
- Health and Fitness Club
- SLU EMS
Why St. Lawrence for Neuroscience
of St. Lawrence graduates majoring in neuroscience are employed or continuing their education within a year
of St. Lawrence students conduct research
Graduates from the neuroscience program have pursued graduate programs at:
- University of Rochester
- Vanderbilt University
- University of Ottawa
- McGill University
- University at Albany
Graduates from the neuroscience program have pursued medical programs at:
- Tufts University
- University of Vermont
- Thomas Jefferson University
- SUNY Upstate Medical University
The number of laboratory classes taught by teaching assistants-- you’ll conduct research one-on-one with your faculty mentor
Neuroscience majors have conducting research on:
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Neurodegenerative Disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
The number of paths you can take in neuroscience: pursue a biology focus or a psychology focus
Square feet of laboratories, learning spaces, offices, and support spaces in Johnson Hall of Science
The number of scholarships offered to high achieving, Pell grant eligible, first-year underrepresented students interested in pursuing a STEM major
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Program Requirements & Courses
Explore neuroscience major requirements, as well as electives and combined study options.
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Our faculty conduct research that is at the forefront of neuroscience discovery. They develop pharmaceutical agents to treat strokes, examine the complexities of human memory, and explore the driving forces of human and animal behavior. They’re also TEDx Talk presenters, ballroom dancers, outdoor enthusiasts, and trivia buffs.
“We hope and expect students to explore other disciplines and varied ways of thinking. Employers appreciate the expertise in neuroscience as well as other experiences that help students think outside of the box.”
“I started in the Experimental Analysis of Behavior lab and by senior year, I ran my own lab with my own project. Because of this, I got to present at conferences and make discoveries in major disorders such as ASD, PTSD, and substance abuse.”
What's On Your Mind?
Genetics, Drugs and Human Behavior, Neuroscience of Fear, Memory and Cognition. From proteins to cells to organisms, you’ll explore your interest in the brain and nervous system in our neuroscience course offerings.
A Global Education
With study abroad opportunities for neuroscience majors in Denmark, Sweden, Kenya, New Zealand, and Australia, you can take your knowledge around the globe. You might even get to take the popular summer abroad class Neuroscience of Fear -- a perfect option for students wishing to complete a short abroad program during the summer months in locations like Copenhagen, Denmark, and Rome, Italy.
Lead interactive exhibits during Brain Awareness Week at St. Lawrence. You’ll connect with community members of all ages as they learn about lobes of the brain, mammal skulls, sensation and perception, and more.
Liberal Arts Science Scholarship
This program offers scholarships to domestic high-achieving, Pell-grant eligible students interested in pursuing STEM majors, outside of a pre-med track, including mathematics, statistics, computer science, physics, engineering, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, neuroscience, and geology.
Festival of Science
Students regularly co-author and publish research papers with their faculty mentors. Share your findings at this spring event celebrating student research projects across campus.
Connect With a Current StudentNo one knows our program better than our current students. Connect with a Neuroscience major to learn about their faculty mentors, favorite classes, or unique experiences. No question is too big or too small—ask away!
Mabelin Garcia De La Rosa (she/her)
- Bronx, New York
- Bronx Collaborative High School
- Neuroscience and Economics double major
Black Laurentian Initiative (BLI), La Sociedad, EMT for SLU EMS, Townhouse Manager, Center for Career Excellence Intern, Graceful Movements Dance Club, LINC, SLU Connect Live, Remote Virtual Internship in Sydney, Australia
Jacob Snyder (he/him)
- West Sand Lake, New York
- Averill Park High School
- Neuroscience major, Chemistry minor, Mathematics minor
General Biology and General Chemistry Teaching Assistant; Tri Beta; Vice President of The Barista; ACS; CASL, Research with Dr. Lorraine Olendzenski
Hannah Tobias-Wallingford (she/her)
- Delmar, New York
- Bethlehem Central High Schoo
- Neuroscience major
Peer Tutor, Teaching Assistant, The Campus Kitchens Project, The Advocates, Planned Parenthood Generation Action, Women's Cross Country/Women's Track and Field (2018-2020), LINC
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