Sep 27, 2020  
2020-2021 Scripps Catalog 
2020-2021 Scripps Catalog


Please see the Science  section of this catalog for more information.

Intercollegiate Coordinator: Assistant Professor Borowski (PI)
Scripps Faculty Adviser: Professor Scott-Kakures;
Associate Professor S. Wood
Assistant Professor Spezio
Keck Science Faculty Advisers: Professors Coleman, Milton, Solomon-Lane


The major in Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary program of 16 courses maximum designed to provide students with an appreciation of diverse approaches to understanding the function of nervous systems, as well as the ability to conduct investigations within a particular subfield of interest. Students majoring in Neuroscience complete:

  1. A common core program,
  2. A sequence of four electives determined in consultation with an adviser in Neuroscience, and
  3. A one- or two-semester thesis on a topic related to the four course sequence.

The major provides good preparation for graduate work in biology, neuroscience, and a variety of other programs including medical school or other graduate health professions programs. Admission to particular advanced degree programs may require additional course work.

Learning Outcomes of the Program in Neuroscience

The neuroscience major aims to provide students with skills and knowledge to prepare them to effectively engage and evaluate issues and innovations in neuroscience. In particular, the program prepares students for graduate programs in neuroscience and contributes towards the preparation for professional programs such as biotechnology and medicine.

A neuroscience major should be able to:

  1. Understand the structure and function of the nervous system at various levels of organization;
  2. Understand a number of research techniques in neuroscience and gain training in evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of various methods;
  3. Design experiments, analyze data, and think critically;
  4. Critically evaluate published scientific literature.