Department Learning Goals


  1. Understand and be able to use the scientific method to arrive at conclusions based upon appropriate evidence (I and II):
    • Hypothesis development
    • Experimental design
    • Analytical reasoning and quantitative data analysis
  2. Know and understand fundamental concepts (e.g. in biology, psychology, chemistry) that are the underpinnings for the study of the brain and behavior (I).
  3. Become familiar with fields related to neuroscience, in particular those that neuroscience seeks to explain and those that provide tools or principles that help explain neural functioning (III).
  4. Demonstrate a broad intellectual foundation in neuroscience, including molecular, cellular, cognitive, and behavioral perspectives; and understand how these perspectives are interrelated (II and IV). 
  5. Become proficient in multiple techniques used in neuroscience research; be able to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each (IV).
  6. Apply the scientific method to questions relevant to neuroscience; design and conduct experiments to increase understanding of fundamental questions in neuroscience (IV).
  7. Learn to critically assess neuroscience literature (V).
  8. Learn to communicate scientific concepts both orally and in writing (IV and V).
  9. Be exposed to the ethical implications of neuroscience research and the use of neuroscience in society (II, III, IV, and V).