Neuroscience is the scientific community's effort to understand the mechanisms that give rise to thoughts, motives, and behavior. The study of the nervous system can be pursued from biological, biochemical and psycho- logical perspectives; as such, neuroscience is a thoroughly interdisciplinary endeavor that blurs the traditional barriers between such specialties. Neuroscientists investigate the connections between events that occur at the subcellular level (molecular genetics and molecular biology), the cellular level (electrophysiology, cell histology), the systems level (developmental biology, neurophysiology, functional anatomy) and the behavior of the whole organism (animal behavior, cognitive psychology). Addressing the fundamental questions of neuroscience thus requires the collaboration of specialists in diverse fields.
The field of neuroscience is relatively new, and we are continually learning surprising
aspects of how our brain functions. The faculty at Skidmore are interested in a diverse
array of scientific questions, including: how genes regulate biological clocks and
activity cycles, how cannabinoids impact adolescent brain development and adult behavior,
how gene products guide the development of the spinal cord, how Alzheimer's disease
and other neurodegenerative diseases can be understood at the molecular level, and
how the two hemispheres of the brain process information differently.
You can read more about the guiding principles behind our curriculum within our Mission Statement.
Download our snazzy pamphlet, which is full of useful information (including the names and research specializations of our faculty, and the courses within our curriculum) here: Neuroscience Program Pamphlet.