Neuroscience

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Unravel the Mysteries of the Mind.

When you embark on the journey to study Neuroscience at Butler, you’ll learn about the intricacies of the brain’s functioning but also the repercussions arising from anomalies in its development, diseases, or injuries. This interdisciplinary program seamlessly weaves together courses from Psychology, Biology, Philosophy, Computer Science, and Data Science providing you with a comprehensive and holistic perspective on the complexities of the brain and nervous system.

Beyond classroom learning, the curriculum fosters hands-on experiences, offering opportunities for internships and personalized or collaborative research. Direct engagement with passionate faculty further enriches the educational experience, equipping students with a robust knowledge base and credentials, ultimately empowering them for success in medical or graduate school and future careers in the dynamic field of neuroscience.

Program Information

Curriculum

Sample courses in this program include:

  • NS 110 – Introduction to Neuroscience
  • BI 210 – Genetics – Fundamentals
  • PS 370 – Biological Bases of Behavior
  • PL 346 – Philosophy of Mind
  • NS 410 – Big Questions in Neuroscience
  • NS 460 – Cell and Molecular Neurobiology

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Learning Outcomes

As Neuroscience majors, students will learn to:

Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental concepts, theories, and methods, both within Neuroscience and within their chosen concentration.

Critique scientific, clinical, and philosophical literature for its impact on neuroscientific inquiry; design scientifically rigorous and ethical research.

Communicate effectively about scientific and technical concepts, questions, and information.

Articulate the metaphysical, moral, and societal complexities that arise as we develop a unified neuroscientific understanding of mind, brain, and behavior.

Appreciate the value and challenges of integrating the multiple disciplinary perspectives that make up neuroscientific research and practice.

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Tara Lineweaver
Professor – Psychology
Psychology – LAS
Expertise I am trained as a Clinical Psychologist with a specialty in neuropsychology (how the brain impacts cognitive abilities). My research interests span neurodegenerative disorders (such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease), music and…
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Jennifer Kowalski
Professor – Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences – LAS
Dr. Kowalski is a cellular neurobiologist interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms hat control the ability of neurons to communicate with one another at specialized cellular junctions called synapses (synaptic transmission). The abundance of…
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Stuart Glennan
Professor – Philosophy
Department of Philosophy and Religion
 Stuart Glennan is the Harry Ice Professor of Philosophy and the director of Butler University’s Science, Technology and Environmental Studies  program. He has a B.A. in philosophy and mathematics from Yale University, and a MA and PhD in…
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Jennifer Berry
Associate Professor, Psychology
Psychology – LAS
Jennifer Berry earned a B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky, with a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology. She routinely teaches learning, biological basis of behavior, research methods and statistics, and a seminar…
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