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The human brain may be the single most complex living structure in the world, and therefore requires both a breadth and depth in learning and study.

Drawing from a wide breadth of topics from genetics to human psychopathology to the philosophy of the mind, Emmanuel's major in neuroscience offers interdisciplinary core courses and the flexibility to tailor electives to you personal interests. You will develop qualitative and critical thinking skills that will be put to use while engaged in a year-long internship.

A First-Class Experience

Get to know the people and programs that will define your academic journey.

Angel Muthemba ’24 credits student research experiences and small class sizes for helping her take the next step toward a career in neuroscience.

Meet the Faculty

Our distinguished faculty conduct research with undergraduates, including using mouse models.

The Curriculum

View the 2023-2024 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for B.S. in Neuroscience 

  • BIOL1105 Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology (SI-L) (NSL)
  • NEURO2201 Neurobiology & Lab (NSL)
  • NEURO3000 Experimental Neuroscience
  • NEURO4160 Seminar
  • CHEM1101 Principles of Chemistry I (SI-L) (NSL) AND CHEM1102 Principles of Chemistry II(SI-L) (NSL) OR CHEM1103 Chemical Perspectives (SI-L)
  • PSYCH1501 General Psychology (SA) (SS)
  • PSYCH2801 Methods and Statistics I
  • PSYCH2802 Methods and Statistics II (QA) 

Major Electives (select at least three of the following):

  • NEURO3137 Medical Neuroscience
  • NEURO3200 Computational Neuroscience
  • NEURO3205 Neuroendocrinology
  • NEURO3214 Psychopharmacology
  • NEURO3216 Neurobiology of Addiction 

Interdisciplinary elective (select at least one of the following):

  • BIOL2123 Genetics
  • BIOL2135 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL2131 Biochemistry 
  • CHEM2101 Organic Chemistry I
  • IDDS1101 Introduction to Programming (QA)(QR)
  • IDDS2201 Data Analytics
  • MATH2111 Mathematical Modeling for Social Justice (QA)(QR)(SJ)
  • MATH2115 Introduction to Programming with MATLAB (QA)(QR)
  • PHIL3109 Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL3110 Philosophy of Psychiatry
  • PSYCH2405 Health Psychology
  • PSYCH3111 Cognition
  • PSYCH3210 Child Psychopathology
  • PSYCH3212 Adult Psychopathology
  • PSYCH3601 Counseling Theories and Techniques

Capstone experience:

  • NEURO4282/NEURO4283 Neuroscience Internship I and II 

Other recommended courses:

  • BIOL1106 Introduction to Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (SI-L) (NSL)
  • BIOL2131 Biochemistry
  • BIOL2135 Anatomy and Physiology I & Lab
  • BIOL2137 Anatomy and Physiology II & Lab
  • CHEM2102 Organic Chemistry II

View the 2023-2024 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for Minor in Neuroscience:

  • BIOL1105 Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology (SI-L) (NSL)
  • NEURO2201 Neurobiology & Lab (NSL)
  • PSYCH1501 General Psychology (SA) (SS)

Two courses from the list below:

  • NEURO3137 Medical Neuroscience
  • NEURO3000 Experimental Neuroscience 
  • NEURO3200 Computational Neuroscience
  • NEURO3205 Neuroendocrinology
  • NEURO3214 Psychopharmacology
  • NEURO3216 Neurobiology of Addiction

1. Critical and integrative thinking: Demonstrate the ability to analyze and critique primary neuroscience research, integrate findings from diverse fields, and address research questions by developing testable hypotheses.

2. Foundational and interdisciplinary knowledge: Breadth of foundational knowledge in the related fields of biology, chemistry, and psychology; Depth of knowledge in some domain(s) of neuroscience; and an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience.

3.Scientific inquiry and research skills: Ability to plan and implement experimental designs and analyze and interpret data in neuroscience.

4.Communication skills: Demonstrate expertise in written, oral, and visual communication in neuroscience and neuroscience research.

5.Neuroscience in society: Promote appreciation for how neuroscience can contribute to helping alleviate or solve societal problems; consider ethical implications stemming from technical advances in neuroscience; relate neuroscience to everyday life. 

6.Professional development: Evaluate career options in neuroscience and related fields; identify professional goals and plan for how to achieve those goals.

Where Essential Values and Skills Meet the Real World

Where Essential Values and Skills Meet the Real World

Along with areas of knowledge and major requirements, you will cultivate essential values in the classroom and complete two courses in each area:

  • Social Justice (SJ): Develop knowledge, skills, values and motivation to participate beneficially in activities of personal and public concern.
  • Diversity & Multiculturalism (DM): Understand the complexity of identity the historical truths of different cultural perspectives to address bias and examine contemporary social issues. 

One hundred percent of Emmanuel students complete an internship as part of the core curriculum. In a city as dynamic as Boston, your options are bound only by the limits of your curiosity.

Neuroscience majors put their classroom- and lab-based learning into practice completing original research alongside faculty on campus, or with research or clinical internships at nearby institutions such as Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital, the Broad Institute, and more.

In all majors, the Capstone Experience involves completing a significant piece of work that requires the integration and application of learning from multiple courses.

All Neuroscience majors complete a two-semester capstone experience during senior year, choosing a neuroscience experience on campus or off campus at any number of institutions. Neuroscience students engage in empirical research either with human subjects or using animal models. Students interested in medicine or pre-health may choose to work in a purely clinical setting in area hospitals or clinics. This year-long experience sets Emmanuel graduates apart when seeking employment or graduate school admission post-graduation.