These are the learning goals for all graduating neuroscience majors:
- Students should demonstrate a broad intellectual foundation in neuroscience, including molecular, cellular, cognitive, philosophical, and systems-level perspectives, and should understand how how those perspectives are interrelated.
- Students should understand the significance of the scientific method as a route to understanding, including the importance of objective observation, hypothesis development, experimental design, statistical analysis, analytical reasoning, and arriving at conclusions based upon evidence.
- Students should learn to critically assess neuroscience literature.
- Students should develop their written and oral communication abilities, such that they can convey the essence of neuroscience to both technical and non-technical audiences.
- Students should become proficient with neuroscience research techniques.
- Because it reflects the nature of neuroscientific research, students should develop both the ability to work collaboratively, as well as independently, on scholarly projects.