The major in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (CMN) leads to a degree of Bachelor of Science from the College of Science and Technology. It is designed to provide rigorous preparation in scientific knowledge at the molecular, cellular and behavioral levels to those students interested in pursuing advanced studies and professional development in neuroscience, medicine or a related field in life sciences.
In addition to neuroscience, graduates of CMN will be well prepared for graduate or professional studies in cell or molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, biomedical sciences, medicine, pharmacology, dentistry, and many allied health fields. Neuroscience CMN graduates who do not pursue graduate studies will be prepared to accept technical positions in industry (pharmaceutical, biotech) or government and university laboratories. CMN graduates will be ready to conduct research on a range of neuroscience and related topics at the level of cells or molecules including nervous system function, development, disease or injury.
CMN majors will be required to take at least two of the discipline-specific courses required of students majoring in each of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. In addition, CMN requires a pair of existing courses (Bio 3352 and Bio 3358) that provide a wide, yet detailed survey of neuroscience topics spanning the biophysics of excitable membranes to systems level analysis of visual function. CMN majors can develop in depth knowledge in a variety of neuroscience and related topics via completion of required elective courses in the major, which range from “Research Techniques in Molecular Biology” to “Neural Basis of Behavior.”
CMN emphasizes training in research and laboratory skills. CMN graduates are required to complete 6 semester hours of research related to cell, molecular & systems neuroscience under the direction of a neuroscience faculty mentor, subject to the approval of the CMN committee. As part of the research experience, students will develop skills in evaluating and presenting research literature as well as in presenting the student’s own research.. The program is rigorous, with a grade requirement of B- or better in Biology 3352 and subsequent neuroscience courses.
Dr. Joel Sheffield
Department of Biology
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 311
Dr. Edward R. Gruberg
Department of Biology
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 320