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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences


Microglia enlarged

From molecules to minds: delve into the relationship between brain and behavior—from microscopic, molecular, and cellular processes to large scale cerebral systems.

Interdisciplinary Neuroscience at Syracuse University

The Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Group enhances the breadth and depth of training of multiple scientific disciplines.

Combine your traditional major with coursework in neuroscience. Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field of science constituting the study of the nervous system. The Neuroscience Integrated Learning Major (ILM) is a 24-credit program of study that can be combined with majors in the College of Arts and Sciences or majors in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

The program requires coursework in at least three traditional academic departments and then elective coursework allows you to pursue your interests, reflecting the diverse fields that make up contemporary neuroscience.

There are numerous disciplines involved in the ILM including:

  • Biology
  • Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Exercise Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition

Some common majors paired with the Neuroscience ILM:

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Exercise Science
  • Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition
  • Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering
  • Or you can pair it with any major you choose!

Our faculty

Neuroscience faculty research expertise is broad, as they investigate basic, pre-clinical, translational, and clinical questions to unravel the relationship between brain and behavior:

  • Molecular
  • Cellular
  • Developmental
  • Systems
  • Behavioral
  • Cognitive

Interdisciplinary neuroscience research faculty reside in departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the David B. Falk College of Sports and Human Dynamics, and the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

There are multiple opportunities for undergraduate and graduate research. Departments gather annually for Neuroscience Day, featuring keynote lectures and undergraduate and graduate poster presentations. Awards are given to the top graduate and undergraduate presenters. The event highlights the range of neural science research, provides an environment to forge collaborations, fosters new research ideas and gives feedback on current projects.

What can I do with my neuroscience degree?
With a degree in neuroscience, you can explore positions in fields such as:

  • Clinical psychology
  • Speech & language therapy
  • Audiology
  • Clinical research
  • Social work
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery
  • Neurology