Soon after its creation in the year 2000, Neuroscience became the fastest growing major in the history of Tulane. By its very nature, Neuroscience is interdisciplinary. The core departments supporting the major in Neuroscience are the Department of Psychology and the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. Neuroscience draws not only from the fields of psychology and biology but also from other traditional sciences including chemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology. It encompasses a broad domain that ranges from the molecular control of neurons to the regulation of physiological and behavioral responses in whole organisms. By formally linking two strong science departments, the major in Neuroscience has promoted the development of new types of courses and learning, expanded laboratory experiences, coordinated courses across departments, and increased research opportunities for Tulane students.
The core faculty of the program currently is made up of full-time faculty members in the Departments of Psychology and Cell and Molecular Biology. Faculty members from Tulane's medical school also contribute actively to the undergraduate major. As a group, members of the Neuroscience faculty are young, yet established in their subfields, as reflected in important scientific publications and significant federal funding. Their individual research programs are recognized throughout the nation and the world for their contributions to the field of Neuroscience. Members of the Neuroscience faculty also have been recognized for their teaching as recipients of a variety of major awards conferred by Tulane students and faculty. Each year, Tulane has continued to add new members to our growing number of faculty in Neuroscience. The current Neuroscience faculty at Tulane is one of the most vibrant groups of scholars and teachers within the University.
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