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Undergraduate Neuroscience at Rochester

Biological systems are composed of a variety of cell types, each performing highly specialized tasks. Neuroscience adopts a multidisciplinary approach to the study of nervous systems, and endeavors to understand how cells of this organ system function to generate and regulate behavior. Nerve cells perform some of the most complex tasks of the body, imparting behavioral and physiological individuality to an organism. Accordingly, some of the most debilitating diseases known are associated with a failure in the function of these cells.

Neuroscience at the University of Rochester was established in 1973 as an interdepartmental concentration undergraduate degree program and was initiated by student interest. It integrates fields as diverse as anatomy, biochemistry, biology, physiology, and psychology, and is one of only a few undergraduate programs in Neuroscience available in the United States. Neuroscience majors gain a solid background in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, along with a concentration of courses in neuroscience. As one of the B.S. tracks in the University's Undergraduate Program in Biology and Medicine (UPBM), it draws upon the collective strengths of several departments on the River Campus and at the Medical Center.

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