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Learning Objectives

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

  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of basic neuroanatomy and nervous system function on a molecular, cellular, systems level.

  • Describe major areas of neuroscience with a clear understanding of the main research approaches, techniques, and topics.
  • Develop a high level of scientific literacy and quantitative, analytical skill so as to competently judge the scientific merit of original research and its representation by popular media.

  • Apply critical thinking skills to formulate novel scientific questions and incorporate the appropriate analytical research methodologies to address them.

  • Clearly present the results of a scientific study or a proposed experimental design in standard scientific written and oral formats.

  • Communicate effectively about neuroscience in written and oral form to both specialized and broad audiences.

  • Develop an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience.

  • Develop professional direction for post-graduate life through experiences within the major.

  • Evaluate the discipline of neuroscience critically within a larger cultural, socio-historical, and ethical framework