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An Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Major/Minor in Neuroscience

A truly interdisciplinary environment for discovery and learning is essential for understanding the organization and function of nerve cells and nervous systems, as well as the organismal behaviors they produce, including human cognition. At Duke University, the experience in neuroscience for undergraduates is nurtured in just such a collaborative environment, where the perspectives of multiple disciplines are brought together to explore the brain sciences and their impact on real-world problems.

Explore our program and discover why the study of neuroscience at Duke University is one of the most exciting and satisfying adventures that an education in the liberal arts and sciences can offer!

To learn more and ask questions, contact the Office for Undergraduate Studies in Neuroscience,(919) 613-5025, LSRC B123.


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Student Spotlight

Student Name

Alexandra Sansosti '15, Neuroscience (Bachelor of Science)

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Research: I work in the Laboratory of NeuroGenetics with Dr. Ahmad Hariri and Liz Victor looking at the neural circuitry and genetic underpinnings of sexual risk behavior

Thoughts: I would like to thank the Neuroscience Department and Dr. Hariri for the amazing four years that I have had as a neuroscience major at Duke. I am looking forward to beginning my journey toward becoming a physician in the neurosciences next year, and I am so grateful for how much I have learned from the distinguished faculty during my time here. Neuroscience has entered its "Golden Age" full of innovation and discovery, and for this reason I believe it is the most exciting field in science and medicine!

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