Neuroscience is one of the most exciting, interesting, and integrative ﬁelds in science today. Technological advances of the last 20 years have led to a dramatic rise in neuroscience research across multiple domains, including biology, chemistry, psychology, computer science, and physics, as well as seemingly unrelated ﬁelds such as economics. A primary aim of the integrative neuroscience major is to engage Fordham students in this stimulating, and rapidly advancing ﬁeld so that they become competitive candidates for postgraduate education in the neuroscience ﬁeld. A unique aspect of the integrative neuroscience major is the presence of three tracks (cell and molecular, cognitive, and systems and computational), each focusing on a speciﬁc aspect of neuroscience. The design of the major also insures that students have exposure to each of the disciplines so that their work can be informed by multiple perspectives.
The course requirements for the integrative neuroscience major consist of four components:
- nine foundation courses required of all integrative neuroscience majors;
- three required, track-connected neuroscience courses that emphasize the different tracks within the major;
- three specialization courses that allow the students to enhance their study within their chosen track;
- a required, two-semester minimum, research experience beginning as early as is reasonable for the student and project, but no later than the summer/fall after the junior year.