About the Program
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 interests and facilities include:
- Cell and molecular wet labs
- Electroencephalography for studying brain activity and cognitive/affective and perceptual processes
- Animal behavior labs (Bucknell houses four species of primates, rats, and hamsters, and invertebrates such as honey bees)
- Studying vision
- Music perception
- Hormones and behavior
Students who succeed in Neuroscience will be well-equipped for graduate study in:
- Medical instrumentation
The BS major in Neuroscience requires 13 basic and four advanced courses. Two additional courses are recommended but not required for completion of the degree program.
Students interested in Neuroscience can choose from three tracks:
General Neuroscience: Students seeking general exposure to neuroscience, or with equal interests in behavioral and cognitive and cellular and molecular neuroscience can select their advanced courses from the entire set of 25 courses.
Behavior and Cognitive Neuroscience: If students have a specific interest in behavioral and cognitive perspectives (including developmental psychobiology) within the study of neuroscience, the department would recommend that the student choose advanced courses from the behavioral course offerings.
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience: Students with interests in cellular or molecular perspectives on nervous system structures and function may select courses focusing on those aspects of neuroscience.