The undergraduate neuroscience major at Queens College is an interdisciplinary 55-credit honors, research-based BA degree designed for talented students. Created by the Psychology and Biology Departments, the neuroscience major is intended primarily for students who are very interested in getting research experience in the area of neuroscience. Admission is by application only.
Although neuroscience majors must conduct research for a minimum of one year as part of their degree requirements, they are encouraged to spend as many years in a lab as possible. Consequently, seniors graduating between 2012 and 2015 spent an average of more than two years on their research projects, while still managing to graduate in four years. All neuroscience majors must submit a written thesis and present their research in a public forum.
This rigorous training in neuroscience research is designed specifically to make students more competitive for post-graduate programs in neuroscience-related fields (e.g., MA, PhD, MD or MD/PhD programs), or employment within neuroscience laboratories and companies in the private sector. The academic success of our majors is best illustrated by the fact that more than 60% of graduating seniors between 2012 and 2015 were accepted into graduate programs in scientific and medical/health-related fields at some of the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities.
Left: Golgi-stained coronal section showing individual nerve cells in mouse somatosensory cortex.
Center: 128-electrode cap for monitoring brain activity underlying sensory and cognitive processes used during task performance
Right: Nuclear staining reveals “barrel” structure in layer 4 of mouse somatosensory cortex, which represents the neural circuitry for the contralateral facial whiskers.