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Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system on many different levels, and is generally separated into three main subgroups: cellular and molecular neuroscience, systems neuroscience, and cognitive neuroscience. Cellular and molecular neuroscience focuses on the mechanisms by which information flows within and between cells in the nervous system, cognitive neuroscience focuses on how cognitive functions such as language and memory are implemented by the brain, and systems neuroscience seeks to relate brain structure and functioning to behaviors and related physiological processes.

Highlights of the Hopkins Program

Hopkins is home to faculty and researchers who study the nervous system at many levels. Their presence allows for innovative courses that offer a broad overview of the neuroscience field, as well as more advanced training and research opportunities in one of three areas of concentra­tion. The interdepartmental nature of the neurosci­ence major exposes students to faculty from the schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering, the School of Medicine, and the Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. The major consists of two degree programs: a four-year B.A. based primarily on course work, and a five-year B.A./M.S. involving additional course work and a yearlong intensive laboratory experience. Both programs are designed to provide rigorous preparation for advanced study in either a Ph.D. program or medicine.


Sample First Semester Schedule
  • Calculus I, 110.106
  • Introductory Chemistry I, 030.101
  • Introductory Chemistry Lab I, 030.105
  • Elective H or S course, possibly Foundations of Brain, Behavior and Cognition (200.141) or Intro to Cognitive Neuropsychology (050.105)
  • Writing intensive course, possibly in English or Writing Seminars
  • Total 12-17 credits

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Skill Set

The “real world” skills you’ll develop with a major in Neuroscience:

  • Operating scientific equipment
  • Applying biological theories
  • Designing experiments and recording results
  • Applying scientific concepts to problems
  • Reasoning logically to evaluate the effects of phenomena
  • Attention to detail
  • Reporting results and conclusions orally and in writing
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