The term "neuroscience" was coined in the 1960s to name an interdisciplinary field that focused on both the normal and abnormal structure and function of the nervous system.

That field now sits at the intersection of biology, chemistry and psychology, and  the neuroscience major at Dickinson provides students with rigorous, laboratory-based exposure to the fascinating multidisciplinary study of the brain. Featuring advanced opportunities for research and integrated mentoring, the program is ideal for students planning graduate or professional study in neuroscience, biology, chemistry, psychology, medicine and other related fields.

Upper-division courses allow the student to bring research skills to bear in the laboratory and to integrate skill and knowledge gained in introductory courses. The elective requirements in the major allow students to explore the many facets of neuroscience, and students can then choose to focus on molecular or molar approaches to neuroscience; choose to emphasize biology, chemistry or psychology within their neurosciences major; and explore the ways other fields—such as anthropology, philosophy or sociology—intersect with neuroscience.

Contact Info


Tony PiresProfessor of Biology (1993)

Department Coordinator

Janice Wiss






James Hall - Rector Complex Room 1225 Mailing Address

Department Features

Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here


  • Boston Children's Hospital
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Experimental Pathology Laboratories, Inc.
  • Imugen Inc.
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Shire Pharmaceuticals
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Takeda Oncology

Graduate Schools:

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Teachers College, Columbia University
  • University of South Carolina
  • Georgetown University
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Arizona
Where Students Have Interned
  • Boston Children's Hospital
  • Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
  • La Cruz Roja (the Red Cross), Málaga, Spain
  • Mayo Clinic (summer undergraduate research fellowship)
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • World Health Organization
  • Children's National Medical Center

Student Perspectives

“Last year I was involved in a research project … titled “The Decrease in Anxiety in Valerian-Injected C57BL6J Mice and the Non-Significant Effect in 129S1/SVLMJ Mice.” This experiment looked at the effects of an herbal remedy on the brain and was presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference in March. I never thought that I would have the opportunity to be a part of so much research during college. This experience has helped me understand the methods used in this field of science and has been instrumental to my growth as a neuroscientist.” 

Olivia Lowden '19 

Neuroscience News

Student Snapshot: Stephanie Uroda ’23

Student Snapshot: Stephanie Uroda ’23

“Through my labs, I learn and develop techniques that will benefit me in my future career,” says Stephanie Uroda ’23, a prize-winning student researcher preparing for a career in neuroscience.

Sports-Medicine Student Assistant Program Helps Keep Athletes on the Field

Sports-Medicine Student Assistant Program Helps Keep Athletes on the Field

The hands-on athletics opportunity offers both a valuable work-study experience and an on-ramp to the medical field.

Student Snapshot: Jessie Scarlett ’22

Student Snapshot: Jessie Scarlett ’22

Neuroscience major Jessie Scarlett '22 is sharpening skills in clinical research, rock climbing, leadership, improv and more.

Student Snapshot: Jacquelyn Curtis ’22

Student Snapshot: Jacquelyn Curtis ’22

Learn more about Jacquelyn Curtis ’22, a biochemistry & molecular biology and neuroscience double major who's preparing for a medical career after Dickinson.

Student Snapshot: Irem Ozturk ’22

Student Snapshot: Irem Ozturk ’22

Learn how student-faculty cancer research, internships with leading health care providers and close mentoring relationships with faculty are preparing Irem Ozturk ’22 for a future in medicine.

Dickinson Students Flourish in Summer Internships

Dickinson Students Flourish in Summer Internships

Across the country, and the globe, Dickinson students engaged in a wide variety of summer internships.