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Neuroscience and Cognitive Studies Major

 

Millsaps offers a major and minor and numerous research opportunities in Neuroscience and Cognitive Studies - an interdisciplinary endeavor that involves Psychology, Biology, Philosophy, and potentially several other fields.

 

THE BRAIN

Of all the enormous variety of combinations of matter in the universe, the only combination we know of that is conscious - that feels, thinks, wonders, remembers, judges, hopes, dreams, calculates, and desires - is the brain. This in itself is a remarkable mystery. The human brain is approximately 75% water, 10% fat, 8% protein, and a few percentage points of carbohydrates and inorganic salts.  Taken separately, none of these things think.  Put together in a mass, still no thinking. But organize the material in the right way...and it wakes up.

With approximately 100 billion neurons and taking up only 2% of the average person's body weight, the brain manages to control the vast majority of a person's thought and behavior, making us who we are. The study of the brain then is the study of who we are, what we are, and how we work. Neuroscience and Cognitive Studies is the interdisciplinary field where all these questions come together. From physiological research into neurotransmitter activity, to psychological research into language acquisition and memory, to philosophical research into the nature of consciousness and matter, the questions regarding the brain are countless and pose one of the most exciting and vigorous areas of academic research.

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A DEGREE IN NEUROSCIENCE AND COGNITIVE STUDIES?

  • Medical School
  • Graduate School
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Pharmaceutical and Biotech Business
  • Science Teacher
  • Educational and Psychological Testing
  • Medical Technician
  • Research Technician
  • Governmental Regulatory Agencies