Overview

2016 Duke Neuroscience graduates.

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary experience that synthesizes discovery from diverse sources of knowledge. As a neuroscience student at Duke University, you will be challenged to explore this knowledge derived from three levels of analysis: 

  • molecules within the cells of nervous systems
  • neural circuits for which cells are organized and interconnected
  • behaviors that emerge from the functions of neural circuits

The integration of these analyses makes neuroscience an exciting adventure of exploration and discovery. To major in neuroscience is to engage in one of the most satisfying endeavors that an education in liberal arts and sciences can offer. 

Now more than ever, the broad impact of innovation in neuroscience is extending beyond the traditional academic disciplines where the brain sciences emerged. New dialogue and collaboration exists among neuroscientists and experts in law, business, social sciences, philosophy, the arts, and the humanities. Accordingly, the Duke curriculum in neuroscience for majors (Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts) and minors reflects this broadening interdisciplinary platform for discovery and learning, with a rich offering of learning experiences that reflect the exciting growth of neuroscience and its increasing relevance to real-world problems. 

Students studying neuroscience are provided rich opportunities to study the brain with faculty from a number of diverse disciplines and perspectives. Our undergraduate curriculum is taught by faculty from many departments, chiefly the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience and the Department of Biology, both of which are in Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, and the Department of Neurobiology in the Duke University School of Medicine and the Biomedical Engineering Department in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University.

Undergraduate Studies in Neuroscience is a unique collaboration among the Departments and Schools depicted below, with administrative support provided by Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.

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