"Intro to Neuroscience is my favorite class because it combines biology and psychology, which I have been interested in since high school."
Learn about Claire's journey from Australia to Lewisburg, PA, where shess a member of the basketball team and a neuroscience major.Read Claire's story
Number of full time faculty teaching in the neuroscience program
Animal behavior labs: Bucknell houses four species of primates, rats, and hamsters, and invertebrates such as honey bees.
"For our students to get hands-on experience in a facility like this is invaluable."
With five hamadryas baboons, three lion-tailed macaques, 16 brown capuchins and 10 squirrel monkeys, the primate labs at Bucknell are part of an animal behavior program unique to the undergraduate level.Read Professor Judge's profile
Technically, neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, but at Bucknell, it’s so much more than that — here, it’s a vibrant, interdisciplinary study.
Students can study the brain and behavior in both humans and non-humans on the molecular and cellular levels. Our partnership with Geisinger Medical Center gives you opportunities to work with physicians to understand conditions like autism or to improve emergency medical devices. Our neuroscience graduates go on to medical school and other careers in neuroscience, biology, animal behavior and psychology.
The neuroscience major offers the degree of Bachelor of Science. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in research with faculty, volunteer in laboratories, or work through independent studies and honors theses.
Faculty research interests include perception, cognition, and psychopathology in humans, learning, and molecular, chemical, cellular, and genetic mechanisms of behavior.
Facilities include cell and molecular wet labs and EEG. Other human behavioral laboratories include those for studies in infant language acquisition, vision, and memory. For animal research, Bucknell houses four species of primates, rats, and mice, and invertebrates such as fruit flies and honey bees, to sudy vision, music perception and hormones and behavior.
The BS major in neuroscience requires 12 basic and 5 advanced courses.
We offer numerous other facilities housed across the campus in psychology, biology, chemistry, and animal behavior. In addition to our outstanding on-campus facilities, some faculty research sites are located in interesting places around the globe, including Hawaii and Panama.
Internships provide real-world professional experience and networking benefits. Recently, neuroscience students have interned at:
Massachusetts General Hospital
At Bucknell, neuroscience majors can enhance their studies by spending a summer, semester or year abroad through one of Bucknell's own "in" programs or through one of many approved programs around the world. Recently, neuroscience majors have studied in New Zealand and United Kingdom.
With many opportunities for undergraduate research, students develop a solid foundation in scientific research at Bucknell. Many students conduct work of sufficient quality to result in publication in peer-reviewed professional journals. See a list of recent student publications.
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