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Neuroscience

There are many intriguing and unresolved questions in the field of neuroscience. Neuroscience is a broad and interdisciplinary subject, drawing from many fields to answer some of life's most important questions about the brain and behavior. Students in the major are provided with access to a wealth of scientific variety including biology, psychology, physics, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and statistics. Our Neuroscience curriculum allows you to explore questions related to the brain in relation to your own interests. At Loyola, you have options to pursue your interests and guide your own future career. Neuroscience majors can choose tracks in Biology, Psychology, or Physics.

Neuroscience Faculty

Our faculty expertise spans the field of neuroscience, including neural activity associated with auditory speech perception, working memory capacity, and selective attention; sex-specific impact of stress and gonadal hormone exposure during early life on the interaction between learning style and emotionality; NR4A orphan nuclear receptors in cartilage and synovial tissues and how these receptors regulate subsets of genes involved in the degradation of cartilage and the proliferation of cells; and the non-equilibrium properties of ion channels in cellular membranes, which involves ion channel electrophysiology, numerical simulations, and theoretical analysis of channel gating kinetics. Students are able to participate in faculty-led research as well as pursue their own research interests or independent studies.

Career Outlook for Neuroscience Professions

There are jobs out there for neuroscientists! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers for “medical scientists” (which includes neuroscience) are expected to grow 17% from 2021–2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. The average salary in this category is $95,310 per year as of 2021. 

Faculty Success

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Kate Yurgil

Role: Director of Neuroscience, Director of Neuro Camp, and Associate Professor of Psychology

How long have you been at Loyola? 9 years (!!)

Favorite thing about Loyola or teaching? Definitely Loyola's student body.  Loyola students are bright, socially aware individuals who care about making a positive impact in their community. Coming to work and engaging with them every day is such a joy.


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Student Success

2023 Student Award Winners!

China Dix (NEUB ’23) receives the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for achieving and maintaining the highest grade point average in the major. Alexis Baptiste (NEUP ’23) receives the Outstanding Service Award for demonstrating continued commitment to the Neuroscience program, College of Arts & Sciences, and university, as well as her extensive community service. Zaria Rodriguez (NEUP ’23) receives the Outstanding Research Award for her thesis research entitled, Examining the Relationship Between Social Media and Attention


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Showcase

Colloquium

Please join the Neuroscience Program Colloquium on Thursday, September 28 in Monroe Hall 610 at 12:30 for Ben Deen, Ph.D presentation on "Parallel systems for social and spatial reasoning within the cortical apex."