Neuroscience is a multi-disciplinary field of study that explores the structure and function of the brain and nervous system. Neuroscientists strive to develop a deeper understanding of all types of behavior, including how we think, move, feel, and make decisions. In addition, neuroscientists study possible causes, treatments, and cures of neurological and psychological disorders.
The study of neuroscience is extremely important since disorders of the brain and nervous system are at the root of many hospitalizations and functional disabilities, affecting up to 1,000,000,000 around the world. Students of neuroscience can go on to have careers in many fields of work, including academics (teaching and research), clinical sciences, the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, psychiatry, public policy, science writing and communication, business, and the media.
At the Catholic University of America, we offer an Interdisciplinary Minor in Neuroscience (housed in the School of Arts and Sciences) that includes 6 courses, and can also accommodate a hands-on research experience. Each student in the minor will be advised by one of two neuroscience minor advisors: Dr. Sahana Kukke (Biomedical Engineering) and Dr. Nancy Adleman (Psychology).