About the Department
Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field in which scientists
investigate the full spectrum of structure and function in the brain.
Scientists with interests ranging from the microscopic structure of the
neuron and its biochemical processes to the macroscopic organization of
the brain and its relation to emotions, cognitions, and behavior work
together toward a common goal to provide answers to our most pressing
personal and societal problems. Presently, neuroscience is the fastest
growing area in basic scientific research. To acknowledge the importance
of neuroscience and its rapid growth, Congress declared the 1990s as
the Decade of the Brain, challenging researchers to be more aggressive
and creative in their important work.
Neuroscientists capitalize on this diversity of disciplinary
approaches to enrich their own perspective on a particular problem. This
interdisciplinary team philosophy enlivens discussion and often results
in exciting and novel approaches to research problems. The nervous
system and its relationship to behavior and mental processes presents
many complex problems for investigators to explore. We believe a
multifaceted approach provides the best strategy for understanding a
subject as complex as the brain. The Interdisciplinary Neuroscience
Major offered by Muskingum University is designed to provide the
undergraduate neuroscience student a basic core of courses which serve
as the foundation for common seminar experiences and advanced research
opportunities with the neuroscience faculty. The student becomes a part
of the team and engages in scientific inquiry rarely experienced by
The neuroscience major would be an appropriate choice for
anyone interested in a psychiatric health-care career including general
medicine or nursing, but especially psychiatry, pharmacology,
psychiatric nursing, clinical psychology, or cognitive rehabilitation.
This major would also provide a good undergraduate foundation for
further training in a graduate program in neuroscience or psychobiology.
Additionally, majoring in neuroscience at Muskingum University would also
provide a solid college education in the finest Liberal Arts tradition
for any individual interested in understanding the human condition and
their place in the world, regardless of career aspirations.
The major consists of three components. In the Basic Science Core, students are provided a grounding in the physical, life, behavioral, and computational sciences. In the Neuroscience Core,
students gain an in-depth understanding of brain organization and
function. They do so in a combination of formal lecture and laboratory
courses, informal seminar experiences, participation in an
international forum on the brain (the annual meeting of the Society For
Neuroscience), and the conduct of a year-long individual research
project which serves as the capstone for their undergraduate experience.
In the Neuroscience Distribution component, students can
individualize and fine-tune their program by selecting from a group of
specialty courses designed to provide either a behavioral, cognitive,
computational, or molecular flavor to the basic major.
Department Mission and Statement of Goals