Neuroscience Studies at MSIs

by Carol Sandoval

Minority Serving Institutions around the world are increasing the number of racially minoritized students in STEM majors. More specifically, MSIs are excelling and offering new majors, including neuroscience. Now is an exciting time to learn about neuroscience and how our day-to-day decisions have a biological basis. Here are 6 MSIs with neurobiology majors!

1) Neuroscience: University of Southern California (AANAPISI)—Los Angeles, CA

USC has three different neuroscience options: Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience, and Bachelor of Science in Computational Neuroscience.

2) Neuroscience: Universidad Central del Caribe (HSI)—Bayamón, PR

Universidad Central de Bayamón | Universidad con sentido Humano

Recently founded, the department of Neuroscience at UCC offers Bachelor’s in Science, Master’s in Science, M.D., and Ph.D. Additionally, it offers “high-end facilities and equipment for multidisciplinary investigations of the nerve structure and function. This includes sophisticated instrumentation for tracing fluorescent molecular markers in live neurons and for the study of neuronal substructures at the sub-cellular and macromolecular level.”

3) Neurobiology and Behavior: University of California, Irvine (AANAPISI)—Irvine, CA

The major at UC Irvine “will help the students to develop their analytical and reasoning skills by exposing them, in depth, to the complex but fundamental research issues of experimental design and data interpretation.”

4) Neuroscience: University of California, Riverside (AANAPISI/HSI)—Riverside, CA

The Neuroscience major at UC Riverside covers a vast amount of information including “neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neurochemistry in human and other animals; neural mechanisms underlying sensory system function and perception; neural organization of behavior; development of the nervous system; and neural mechanisms of learning and memory.”

5) Neuroscience: University of Illinois at Chicago (AANAPISI)—Chicago, IL

The Neuroscience major at University of Illinois at Chicago is a “joint program sponsored by the Departments of Biological Sciences and Psychology with the support of Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience (LIN) faculty from the Departments of Chemistry and Philosophy.”

6) Neuroscience and Cognitive Science: University of Maryland, College Park (AANAPISI)—College Park, MD

Although the University of Maryland, College Park does not have a Neuroscience major, it does offer a Neuroscience minor, which provides an introduction to the field of neuroscience and its research methodology.


Know of any more Minority Serving Institutions that offer Neuroscience-related majors? Share in the comments below!

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