Goal 1: Understand core concepts in psychology, biology and/or chemistry, as providing the basis for the scientific study of the nervous system and its relationship to behavior and mental processes.
Outcome 1: Demonstrate understanding of neuronal communication via action potential.
Outcome 2: Demonstrate understanding of the general organization of the brain.
Outcome 3: Relate organization of the brain to cognitive processes (such as visual processing, auditory processing, attention and/or memory) via an understanding of functional lateralization and/or hemispheric specialization.
Outcome 4: Demonstrate understanding of typical and atypical cognitive processes and the pathological mechanisms underlying common diseases and/or disorders of the nervous system.
Goal 2: Appreciate, from a liberal arts perspective, the role of the neuroscience perspective to inform issues within the larger cultural, social, historical and ethical framework.
Outcome 1: Demonstrate understanding of the strengths of the neuroscience approach in responding to societal, cultural and/or ethical issues such as substance use, poverty, criminal behavior, and/or therapeutic interventions.
Outcome 2: Demonstrate understanding of the weaknesses of the neuroscience approach in responding to societal, cultural and/or ethical issues such as substance use, poverty, criminal behavior, and/or therapeutic interventions.
Goal 3: Development of proficient scientific literacy and analytical skill to critically evaluate the scientific merit of original research, and scientific dissemination by popular and social media.
Outcome 1: Demonstrate proficiency in reading papers in the primary literature by recognizing the research question being investigated and its significance, the hypothesis being tested, and the predictions from the hypothesis.
Outcome 2: Students should be able to evaluate the appropriateness of the experimental design and the interpretation of the results.
Outcome 3: Students should be able to evaluate claims in mass media against what is known from the scientific literature.
Goal 4: Demonstrate effective communication about neuroscience in both written and oral form.
Outcome 1: Demonstrate effective writing skills
Outcome 2: Demonstrate effective oral communication skills.