The science of neuroscience is expanding daily, as ever more new data, ideas, theories and hypotheses fill the intellectual coffers of the curious student. Consequently, courses in the neurosciences, broadly defined, encompass material from basic behavioral analyses, in invertebrate and vertebrate alike, to the study of the neuron in all its glory, and the genes and messages and proteins that make it all happen. It is the recognition of the many forces that shape the burgeoning literature and knowledge base in neuroscience — the inter- and multidisciplinary nature that defines the field — that produces the diversity of course offerings in the discipline.
Coupled to the many fascinating courses available in the area, students in neuroscience at the University of Richmond are heartily encouraged to do research. Being able to pursue one’s ideas is an amazing opportunity. To go from wondering to doing is a major accomplishment. The neurosciences at Richmond are defined by eager and supportive mentors, experts in their own right. With cutting-edge equipment, the likes of which are routinely found on larger, less undergraduate-focused institutions, the Richmond student can not only consume information, in the challenging courses that embrace the promise of neuroscience, but also create information, in the form of original research projects. It is a heady time, and a great opportunity, to be interested in neuroscience—especially at a place like the University of Richmond.
First-year students are encouraged to investigate the University's new integrated quantitative (IQ) science course, a year-long class team taught by 10 professors that combines material from the introductory courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science.