What is Neuroscience?

Neuroscience encompasses a diverse range of disciplines that cross traditional subject boundaries. The study of neuroscience ranges from anatomy to neuronal function; the cellular and molecular biology of the neuron to the complex phenomena of perception, emotion and memory, from the regulation of breathing and blood pressure to movement of the body, from development to aging, from normal cognition to mental illness and neurodegeneration.

The study of the brain is informed by research in genetics, proteomics, cell biology, invertebrate biology, evolution, anatomy, histology, physiology, pharmacology, pathology, immunology, medical physics, bioengineering, psychology, computation theory and the history of the scientific method.
A major in Neuroscience is designed to provide a foundation in the basic biology of the brain and the fundamentals of cognition. Students are able to focus their cross-disciplinary studies with a molecular, cellular, anatomical or behavioral concentration.

The departments of biology and psychology have collaborated to implement a dual-track major in neuroscience. There are many areas of common interest and study at the interface of these two disciplines. Students may elect a cellular track or a behavioral track as described below. Both tracks are designed to give students preparation for graduate study in a variety of neuroscience sub disciplines as well as preparation for entry into health professions.

Sample Job Titles

Laboratory Technician
Medical Researcher
Neuroscience Nurse
University Professor


Learning More About Neuroscience
Visit the Career Services office and check out our Career Resource Library

  • Visit the SLU Neuroscience website
  • Check out Neuroscience course descriptions in the Catalog
  • Talk with a professor in Neuroscience about the major. Click here for a list of possible questions to ask.
  • Perform an informational interview with a professional in the field. Click here for information on how to find a professional, contacting them, and a list of possible questions.
  • Get connected with SLU alum in the field through SAINTSLink, participate in Shadow-a-Saint or complete an Internship.

Additional Resources

American College of Healthcare Executives
Spotlight on Careers
Summer Research Opportunities
Neurology Channel
Neurosciences on the Internet
Neuroscience for Kids 
Society for Neuroscience
Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
Association of Neuroscience Departments and Programs
Biophysical Society
The Journal of Neuroscience
National Institute of neurological Disorders and Stroke

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