Based in psychology, Augustana’s flexible major in neuroscience also includes courses in biology and philosophy, plus additional courses that could include chemistry and/or religion. Your choices depend on your interests.
And because you are curious about the biology behind thoughts, perceptions, emotions, motivations, decisions and actions — basically, neuroscience — the connections you’ll make throughout your liberal arts education will give you even more perspective.
The neuroscience professors are experts in the areas of learning and memory, pain and drug-seeking behavior, communication, cognitive and affective neuropsychology, and sensation and perception. You’ll also learn from faculty in many other fields, whose highest priority is your success at integrating what you learn toward your own goals.
Whatever your academic path, your major and your mentors will prepare you for admission to a variety of graduate programs in neuroscience and other fields related to the brain sciences. A major in neuroscience is an excellent starting point for a career in a medical field, psychology, research science and more.
What you'll learn
• Each year, neuroscience majors are among the Augustana students invited to participate in the prestigious Texas Medical Center Summer Student Research Program in Houston. At the top-ranked MD Anderson Cancer Center and other institutions in the Texas Medical Center, they work with professional mentors and peers from top schools around the country. Augustana students also have participated in the Augustana at Denver internship program, working at the University of Colorado and Craig Hospital, which specializes in rehabilitation from brain and spinal cord injuries.
• Augustana students and faculty participate in several undergraduate, graduate and professional research conferences each year, and many students present their research as part of their professional development. Examples include Midbrains: The Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference of the Upper Midwest, the Chicago chapter and national Society for Neuroscience meetings, and the Midwest Psychological Association Conference.
• Augustana is an institutional partner of IINSPIRE LSAMP, an alliance committed to broadening the participation of underrepresented students in STEM education in the Midwest. Funding is available to support underrepresented students who attend and present their research at the IINSPIRE LSAMP Annual Conference. Augie Choice $2,000 also supports every student’s research with a professor, internship or study abroad.
Juniors Lucas Fahnoe and Zachary Horve are co-recipients of the $5,500 Nils Hasselmo Award for Academic Pursuit. With majors representing the humanities, social sciences and STEM, both will use their award money to assist them on their way to careers addressing some of the world’s most pressing concerns.
As summer interns, more than 150 Augustana students discovered what they want to do in life, what they don't want to do, and how to use what they've learned in class to be collaborative problem-solvers.