At Lawrence, students approach the study of neuroscience through a deliberately interdisciplinary program.

In a quest to understand the brain and nervous system—and how they respond to stimuli or thoughts, from the level of molecules to behaviors—Lawrence offers neuroscience through an intensive interdisciplinary approach that draws on the strengths of our biology, chemistry, and psychology programs.

  • Understanding how humans and animals think
  • Studying learning, memory, behavior or other mysteries of the brain and nervous system
  • Finding cures for neuropathologies and making scientific breakthroughs
  • Using your intelligence, perseverance, and creativity to work on challenging problems with no known solution
  • Working closely with professors and independently in labs conducting research
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Cognitive science
  • English
  • Environmental science
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religious studies
  • Psychology


Life After Lawrence

Lawrentians can enjoy careers in...

Medicine, neuroscience, scientific research, chemistry, nursing, physical therapy, veterinary medicine

Recent employers include...

Columbia University Medical Center, Oregon Health & Science University, The Salk Institute, Rosalind Franklin University, Sigma-Aldrich

Lawrentians can earn advanced degrees in...

Neuroscience, medicine, biology, psychology, public health, education

At places like...

Emory University, University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest University

Conduct deeper neuroscience research

Our Lawrence University Research Fellowships offer an intensive 10-week summer research experience in our labs with our professors—you will develop deep and relevant skills and perspectives that will suit you well in your career (and you’ll receive a $3800 stipend along with free summer housing.)

Enter a rapidly growing field

Enter this growing field with broadly expanding applications to medicine, personal performance, technology, psychology—at the undergraduate level, something offered by only a small percentage of American colleges.

Explore with your classmates outside of the classroom

Join your fellow neuroscience classmates in the student-founded club, “NeuroLawrence,” to engage with current neuroscience topics of your choosing.

Build a strong neuroscience foundation for your own research

Interested in neurotransmitter systems? Brain evolution? Neural development? The neurological impacts of mindfulness and meditation? All of the above? Through Topics in Neuroscience, you can study each of them (and more) individually for a 10-week term.

Components of the Major

  • All of the following:
  • Integrative Biology: Cells to Organisms
  • Integrative Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems

Comparative Physiology

Topics in Neuroscience

Principles of Chemistry

Psychopharmacology and Behavior

Brain and Behavior I

Clinical and Affective Neuroscience

  • Two of the following:
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Developmental Biology
  • Two of the following:
  • Animal Behavior
  • Morphogenesis of the Vertebrates
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Perception
  • Learning and Conditioning
  • One of the following statistics-based courses:
  • Experimental Design and Analysis
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Course descriptions and more courses

The Chandler Senior Experience

You will work closely with neuroscience program faculty to develop your Senior Experience from either a psychology senior capstone, biology senior capstone, or a neuroscience independent study. (More about Neuroscience Senior Experience available in the Course Catalog.)

Recent Senior Experiences include:


The Role of daf-19 in Non-Ciliated Neurons: How is Neural Development Regulated by Different daf-19 Isoforms?


Without Conscience: The Principle Factors That Differentiate the Development of Successful Versus Unsuccessful Psychopathy

Of Snails and Brains: The Story of Neuropeptide Y and Parasitism