Centers and Initiatives
COMMITTEE ON NEUROSCIENCE
The Behavioral Neuroscience Division has close ties to the campus-wide Committee on Neuroscience
which gives students an opportunity to earn the "Concentration in Neuroscience" notation on their PhD degrees by completing additional course requirements which provide a broad background in Neuroscience.
LABORATORY OF INTEGRATIVE NEUROSCIENCE (LIN)
The Behavioral Neuroscience Division is a core component of the campus-wide Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience (LIN) which includes scientists from a number of Departments with a common interest in the functioning of the nervous system. LIN hosts seminars on current topics in the Neurosciences given by invited scientists from across the continent and provides a framework which encourages interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the nervous system.
GRADUATE INTERDISCIPLINARY PROGRAM IN NEUROSCIENCE
The University of Illinois at Chicago offers a PhD program in Neuroscience. The UIC community has a large and active group of neuroscientists who are committed to training students to develop active research careers in neuroscience. Behavioral Neuroscience Faculty are participating members in the program. For details about the graduate program, as well as an application please go to : www.uic.edu/depts/neurosci/itpneuro/files/ITP.pdf.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN NEUROSCIENCE
Neuroscience is a broadly defined discipline that considers such specific issues as nerve cell connectivity, signal conduction within the brain, information storage at the molecular and cellular levels, and circuit functions such as decision making and the executive control of movement. It considers, ultimately, such issues as perception, learning & memory, and consciousness. As a result, neuroscience is a highly multidisciplinary field that requires broad-based training in physical sciences, life sciences and the humanities.
There is a growing need to train students in neuroscience at the undergraduate level. Such training prepares students to start professional careers at the bachelor’s level in the rapidly growing commercial biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. In addition, a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience provides the background for future graduate study and/or the study of medicine.
Once the undergraduate has fulfilled the basic course requirements, the program provides the student with an opportunity to concentrate electives and independent research in one of the four areas, Biological Sciences, Psychology, Chemistry or Philosophy. Thus each student graduates with a major in neuroscience but that major will have a distinctive flavor.
Program Administration The Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience (LIN) sponsors and administers this program. LIN includes faculty members with interests in neuroscience from four departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. These are: Biological Sciences, Psychology, Chemistry and Philosophy. To learn more about the activities of the Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience and the participating faculty members, please see: www.uic.edu/las/LIN/ or contact Mary Wais by Phone: 312-413-1060 or Email: email@example.com or Dave Wirtshafter (Co-Director) at DaveW@uic.edu.