Academic program

Professor Koven (Neuroscience); Associate Professors Castro (Neuroscience, chair) and Kennedy (Chemistry and Biochemistry); Visiting Associate Professor Houck (Neuroscience); Assistant Professors Greene (Neuroscience) and Kruse (Biology and Neuroscience)


Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field that examines the interrelations between the nervous system and environment and includes perspectives from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Majors build a strong foundation in the sciences to explore core domains of neurobiology, physiological psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and computational neuroscience through classroom and laboratory experiences. Students then extend and apply their knowledge with neuroscience-related electives and course work that critically examines the theories and practices of neuroscience from ethical, sociocultural, and other humanistic perspectives. Students interested in declaring the major may take the introductory course in their first or second year. Progress through the major includes a senior capstone experience. More information on the neuroscience program is available on the website (bates.edu/neuroscience).