Majoring in Neuroscience
Neuroscience encompasses a diverse range of disciplines that cross traditional subject boundaries. The study of neuroscience ranges from anatomy to neuronal function; the cellular and molecular biology of the neuron to the complex phenomena of perception, emotion and memory, from the regulation of breathing and blood pressure to movement of the body, from development to ageing, from normal cognition to mental illness and neurodegeneration.
The study of the brain is informed by research in genetics, proteomics, cell biology, invertebrate biology, evolution, anatomy, histology, physiology, pharmacology, pathology, immunology, medical physics, bioengineering, psychology, computation theory and the history of the scientific method.
A major in
Neuroscience is designed to provide a foundation in the basic biology
of the brain and the fundamentals of cognition. Students are able to
focus their cross-disciplinary studies with a molecular, cellular,
anatomical or behavioural concentration.
A cross-disciplinary major requires careful selection of subjects to fulfill the requirements of the major.
For information and Unit of Study requirements, consult the Faculty of Science Handbook.
A summary of the handbook tables: (Pdf)
For information, contact Dr
Karen Cullen, Anatomy & Histology, School of Medical Sciences, The
University of Sydney
Honours and postgraduate diploma studies
in neuroscience is vibrant and an international priority area. There
are many opportunities for high-achieving students to undertake honours
study within the field of neuroscience. Honours projects are typically
undertaken within the respective schools and disciplines such as
physiology, anatomy, pharmacology, psychology, pathology and associated
institutes. Students should canvass potential project supervisors
during their senior studies for details of projects, admission criteria
and enrollment details.