Learning Goals for the Major

While progressing through the neuroscience curriculum at Bates, students can expect to achieve the following learning goals:

  • Understand core concepts that are foundational to the scientific study of the nervous system and that serve as starting points for discovery
  • Experience the interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience by participating in classroom and research experiences that cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries or levels of analysis
  • Explore the role of humanistic inquiry to evaluate neuroscience critically within a larger sociocultural, historical, and/or ethical framework
  • Develop a high level of scientific literacy and analytical skill so as to competently judge the merit of original neuroscience research and its representation in popular media
  • Apply critical thinking skills to formulate novel scientific questions and incorporate the appropriate analytical methodologies to address them
  • Communicate effectively about neuroscience in written and oral form to both specialized and broad audiences