The cell and molecular neuroscience concentration integrates neuroanatomy with the cellular and molecular basis of nervous system function. Its focus is to understand cellular processes in neurons and glia at the molecular level. It differs from degree programs in biochemistry or biomedical sciences by its specific focus on the nervous system.
Students with a strong interest in research and a GPA of 3.25 or above could qualify for entry into an integrated degree program that will allow them to complete their bachelor’s degree in neuroscience along with a master’s degree in biochemistry.
Interdisciplinary approach with over 30 faculty members in five colleges and 10 CSU departments
Vibrant Neuroscience Student Organization fosters camaraderie and leadership through networking, social, and outreach activities
Mentored research in active neuroscience laboratories across campus
Required senior thesis provides an opportunity for in-depth mentored study of individual topics of interest
A required capstone thesis allows you to work closely with faculty to develop your intellectual interests, and opportunities for laboratory and literature-based research with a faculty mentor. The resulting thesis is tangible evidence of critical thinking and writing skills for those seeking immediate employment or for advanced degrees in the life sciences, medicine, or human behavior.
There are also many opportunities to work with our world-renowned faculty in the areas of:
- Artificial intelligence
- Cellular biomechanics
- Computer vision and machine learning
- Cytoskeleton and neurodegenerative disease
- Integrative neurosciences of stress
- Neuronal development and dysfunction
- Visual signal processing in the retina
Graduates from this concentration should be well qualified for any positions in academia, government, or the private sector where knowledge of cell and molecular processes is required, whether or not it is applied to the nervous system, and will complete prerequisites necessary for admission to medical school.
- Clinical Research
- Genetic Counseling
- Human Medicine
- Occupational Therapy
- Pharmaceutical Sales
- Physical Therapy
- Speech Pathology
- Veterinary Medicine
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