Neuroscience is the study of how the brain and nervous system acquire, process, and integrate information, and how this information brings about behavior of an organism. It is an interdisciplinary major that draws on insight from the fields of biology, psychology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and many more.
Our major comprises unique, interdisciplinary courses and electives from other areas of science and mathematics. Understanding the complexities of the nervous system requires a strong, interdisciplinary foundation and the practice of multiple approaches toward solving challenging problems affecting the nervous system. With our emphasis on learning neuroscience by doing neuroscience and ample opportunities for community engagement, service learning, science communication, original research, and more, you’ll have an edge when applying for graduate and professional programs or landing your first job in neuroscience.
As a neuroscience major, you will:
- Enjoy a competitive edge when applying for health professions programs, neuroscience research, or industry employment.
- Take courses designed specifically for neuroscience and taught by faculty from four disciplines.
- Engage in hands-on laboratory and service-learning opportunities.
- Complete a learning experience outside the classroom, such as an internship, independent study or a research project.
Our students frequently work with faculty on research projects like gene regulation of behavior in lupus-prone mice.Special Opportunities
Charissa Quinlan '13
Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program, University of Notre Dame
Chemistry and Psychology; Neuroscience
I learned to balance classes with outside activities, honed my skills as a peer leader, and confirmed my passion in the fight against cancer. In the labs I discovered my love for research and developed my skills as a scientist. Together these experiences lead me to my career in cancer research.
Michael Larson '09
Director of Worship, Arts and Service at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Olympia, Wash.
Psychology Major; Neuroscience and Chemistry Minors
My liberal arts education and experiences at Concordia prepared me to see life as something to be investigated and lived, rather than a series of checkpoints on a planned path.
Dr. Julie Mach
Becoming responsibly engaged in the world happens in chemistry because we're teaching students to be scientists who think critically and use the scientific method. Our job as scientists is to communicate that information. The two go hand in hand.
Lacey Shiue '14
University of Minnesota Medical School
Biology and Chemistry; Neuroscience and Psychology
I was drawn to the interdisciplinary nature of the neuroscience and the potential for future innovation. The faculty’s passion for the field and willingness to engage with students was another factor that motivated me to study neuroscience at Concordia.
Elizabeth Quincer '13
Chicago Medical School
Biology and Chemistry; Neuroscience
Not only were the courses I took influential in solidifying my decision to study medicine, but my professors were also extremely valuable in supporting me and helping me to consider what I wanted my future to look like. Volunteer experiences helped to shape my path and led to my desire to work with underserved populations.
Dr. Darin Ulness
In the broadest sense, my hope is that a person is able to come to Concordia and get the foundational knowledge they need – whether that's in chemistry or whatever field they are in – so that they can go on and do wonderful things for society. And to do it in a way that makes them happy.
Dr. Mikel Olson
Dr. Olson strives to provide a learning environment where students participate in diverse and dynamic classroom conversations about the impact faith has on their area of study.Video Profile