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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

Congratulations to Dr. Claire Stelly for Her Publication in Nature Journal

The Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychological Sciences is pleased to recognize Dr. Stelly's research achievement of being published in the Nature Journal. The article is titled Top-down control of flight by a non-canonical coritco-amygdala pathway. Read all about Dr. Stelly's newest research here!

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Student Success

Congratulation to Megan Stempkovksi: June's College Work Study Spotlight Winner

Congratulations to Megan Stempkovksi for being recognized for her dedication and hard work. Megan is a fourth year neuroscience major and works in both the Department of Psychological Sciences and Environment Program. 

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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."