Neuroscience encompasses questions about the structure and function of the nervous system, neural development and plasticity, and how behaviors and cognition arise from the brain.

Neuroscience is an inherently multidisciplinary area of study, integrating approaches from a diverse set of fields at many levels of analysis. At Occidental you can obtain a minor in neuroscience by combining classes from biology, cognitive science and psychology.

If you are a major in one of these departments, you can use the neuroscience minor to build a deep emphasis in neuroscience that meets your individual research interests and career goals. All six of the core neuroscience faculty conduct research with students on campus, and Occidental’s location in Los Angeles enables you to participate in additional basic and clinical research in neuroscience at institutions throughout L.A.

Those who study neuroscience are well suited for careers in academia (research and teaching), clinical sciences, biotech, the pharmaceutical industry, neuropsychology and psychiatry, and medicine, among other paths.