The departments of biology and psychology jointly administer this interdisciplinary major. Neuroscience majors concentrate in a cellular (biology) track or a behavioral (psychology) track, and all majors take courses in chemistry and statistics. In addition to the core requirements, students can select coursework across a wide variety of disciplines, for example computer science and study abroad offerings. Many students engage in collaborative research with faculty on important topics such as attention deficit disorder, autism, and neurodegenerative disorders. The yearly Brain Blast event provides a fun opportunity to teach local schoolchildren about how real brains work.
Graduates often continue their education in health-related fields, such as medicine or nursing, and some enter graduate programs in neuroscience, counseling, or applied behavioral analysis. Many go on to work at research institutions and on large research projects.
On April 12th, 2023 students, faculty, staff and community members gathered to listen to the annual Richard D. Church Lecture in Neuroscience presented by Tracey J. Shors, Ph.D. The title of the lecture was “Everyday Trauma–And How Not to Ruminate So Much About the Past.”
Nadiana Acevedo ’24 isn’t afraid of a challenge. When she set out to investigate the effects of an anti-cancer drug this summer, she discovered that sometimes the best learning experiences can come from trial and error.
St. Lawrence’s new biomedical sciences major is hands-on, experiential, versatile, and designed for students who are curious to explore big questions regarding health and disease. Associate Professor of Biology Karin Heckman and Sarah Johnson ’82 Professor of Biology and Psychology Ana Estevez illuminated the benefits of majoring in biomedical sciences at a liberal arts institution, shared what makes St. Lawrence’s program unique, and illustrated how faculty and staff will support their students’ wide range of possible career aspirations.