神经科学 is an interdisciplinary field of study that employs the tools and perspectives of biology, 心理学, 化学, 物理, 数学, computer science and philosophy to achieve a better understanding of brain function, 行为, and the higher order cognitive processes that we collectively refer to as mind. Whereas 心理学 has been traditionally defined as the scientific study of 行为 and mental processes, the multidisciplinary approach of neuroscience is a comprehensive examination of the nervous system that extends from the molecular, 通过蜂窝, 到行为层面.
研究 questions commonly studied in the field of neuroscience seek to understand the biological mechanisms for such complex phenomena as sensation and perception, 学习与记忆, 认知, 情感, 和意识. 除了, neuroscientists seek to understand the organic nature of brain abnormalities that produce cognitive and affective pathologies seen in mental disorders such as schizophrenia, 躁狂和抑郁, and degenerative diseases associated with aging. The tools and techniques used by the modern day neuroscientist are truly multidisciplinary in scope, 涉及过程, assays and measurements taken from the fields of molecular and cellular biology, 遗传学, 生理学, 药理学, 化学 and bio化学, 物理, 数学 and computer modeling, 行为al and developmental 心理学. The 神经科学 major at Rhodes makes it all the more apparent to students that the conventional boundaries that have often separated seemingly incompatible disciplines from one another evaporate when we are presented with new intellectual challenges.
The 神经科学 major is designed to provide students with a nuanced understanding of the methodological challenges and conceptual issues that lie at the heart of efforts to understand the function of the nervous system and its role in 行为. This program will provide students with an opportunity to explore brain function using multiple approaches from interdisciplinary perspectives and thus will prepare them to pursue postgraduate work in a variety of fields where knowledge of the brain and 行为 are required. The major will also provide excellent training for future physicians, 老师, 卫生保健工作者, 和biotechnicians. Majors might also enter the legal profession and biotechnology-related businesses.
Students will enhance their understanding of neuroscience through course work and research experience. Course work will provide students with a thorough understanding of the biological bases of 行为, 包括神经解剖学, neuro生理学 and neuro药理学. Learning may be enhanced by developing research skills in a variety of settings ranging from course laboratory experiences to independent research projects, offered at Rhodes or at off-campus locations such as St. Jude Children’s 研究 Hospital, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, and the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center.