Psychology, neuroscience Concentration
The Psychology major with a concentration in Neuroscience, at UW-Parkside, will prepare you with an interdisciplinary perspective on the emerging area of neuroscience research.
The concentration is a high-quality educational experience that provides you with the background and critical thinking skills necessary for graduate programs in neuroscience as well as career opportunities in a diverse range of scientific research and medical fields.
Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field which draws on a wide range of scientific disciplines to understand how the brain functions. This concentration will provide you with an interdisciplinary perspective on the emerging area of neuroscience research and will enrich your intellectual experience through hands-on research. These experiences are provided via independent study opportunities and the Senior Capstone in Neuroscience.
NEUROSCIENCE CONCENTRATION GOALS
- Provide you with a rigorous and comprehensive overview of human neuroanatomy
- Provide a curriculum that emphasizes the empirical methods underlying brain and behavior relationships
- Provide you with a broad perspective of the many subfields in neuroscience, such as cognitive neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, and neuropsychology
- Encourage intellectual engagement, critical thinking, and communication skills to develop an advanced-level understanding of neuroscience topics.
The concentration is a high-quality educational experience that provides students with the background and critical thinking skills necessary to prepare for graduate programs in neuroscience and career opportunities in a diverse range of scientific research and medical fields.
A few of the courses you may take are listed below.
Sensation and Perception | PSYC 306
Examines the sensory organs and perceptual mechanisms used in vision, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. Emphasizes vision and audition.
Neuropsychology | NEUR 327
Covers brain structure and function using clinical case studies as the primary source of information. Includes basic neuroanatomy, behavioral disorders, severe neuropsychiatric conditions, neuropsychological testing, emotion, language, thought, and memory.
Psychopharmacology | NEUR 328
Covers the basic principles of psychopharmacology, including how drugs influence psychological phenomena, how and why drugs are used for treatment for psychopathological and neuropsychological conditions, mechanisms of addiction, tolerance and abuse, the social recreational and religious context, and the history of substance abuse.
Brain Development and Plasticity | NEUR 329
Covers neuroplasticity from a predominantly behavioral perspective. Includes neural development of the human brain, implications for psychological and social behavior, neuroplasticity of the brain with respect to both learning and aging, and brain repair after acquired brain injury.