Jul 20, 2024  
College Catalog 2024-2025 
College Catalog 2024-2025


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Steering Committee: Darcy Burgund (Director, Psychology), Elizabeth Jansen (Biology), Jean-Marie Maddux (Psychology), Phillip Rivera (Biology), Michelle Tong (Biology)

Macalester’s Neuroscience Program provides a rigorous introduction to the study of the nervous system that is, like the field itself, rooted in biology and psychology. The major encompasses the foundations and frontiers of neuroscience from molecules to behavior, and the diverse methodologies of neuroscience inquiry. Following core courses in neuroscience, students explore subdisciplines with elective courses in areas such as cognitive neuroscience, neuroimmunology, neuroimaging, learning and behavior, and perception. All neuroscience students engage in experiential learning in research or community settings and learn to effectively communicate neuroscience findings. As such, students understand the relevance of neuroscience to society and public discourse, and are prepared for a variety of career pathways, including graduate study in neuroscience, health professions, and biomedical research.

General Distribution Requirement

Many required courses in the Neuroscience major meet various general distribution requirements. Please refer to the department in which they are offered for specific information.

General Education Requirements

Courses that meet the general education requirements in writing, quantitative thinking, internationalism and U.S. identities and differences will be posted on the Registrar’s web page in advance of registration for each semester.

Additional information regarding the general distribution requirement and the general education requirements can be found in the graduation requirements  section of this catalog.

Independent Study

The department offers independent study options in the form of independent projects and internships. For more information contact the department and review the Curriculum  section of the catalog.


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