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Neuroscience

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.

Program Offerings

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Learning Experiences to Prepare for Your Career

Stimulate 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.

Research

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.

Shadowing Opportunities 

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. 

Study Abroad

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

97%

of St. Lawrence graduates majoring in neuroscience are employed or continuing their education within a year

82%

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

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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
  • Autism
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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The number of paths you can take in neuroscience: pursue a biology focus or a psychology focus

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Square feet of laboratories, learning spaces, offices, and support spaces in Johnson Hall of Science

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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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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.

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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. 

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Brain Blast

Lead interactive exhibits during Brain 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.

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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.

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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.

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We’re excited to learn more about you, tell you more about our interdisciplinary academic programs, show you around our beautiful campus, and help you navigate your college search.

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