Exploring the connection between brain and behavior.
The undergraduate degree program in neuroscience at Loyola University New Orleans explores the science of the nervous system and brain in order to better understand human behaviors and improve health outcomes. As an interdisciplinary field of study, students in Loyola’s neuroscience program have the opportunity to investigate the brain as it relates to biology, psychology, physics, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and statistics.
With so many unanswered questions about how our brains operate, the field of neuroscience continues to expand, especially as new technologies and scientific breakthroughs emerge. At Loyola, you’ll gain hands-on experience through faculty-led undergraduate research opportunities, and you can customize your studies to your interests in one of our three specialized concentration tracks.
Learn by DoingLoyola’s curriculum prioritizes hands-on experiences and lab-based learning to help students connect scientific theory to practice.
Learn how to use electroencephalography (EEG) to measure changes in electrical brain activity related to sensory and cognitive processing.
Work in animal behavior research labs to understand more about areas of the brain that underlie learning and memory processes.
Study ion channel electrophysiology methods using the patch-clamping technique in the biophysics lab.
Examine biological and genetic factors that contribute to neurological conditions and connective tissue disorders.
Students pursuing an undergraduate degree in neuroscience can choose from several different concentrations, as well as an honors version of the programs offered in partnership with the University Honors Program.
Neuroscience Program Concentrations
- Neuroscience – Biology Concentration
- Neuroscience – Physics Concentration
- Neuroscience – Psychology Concentration
- Neuroscience – University Honors Curriculum
Meet Our Faculty
Loyola’s faculty expertise spans the field of neuroscience, including cellular biophysics, electrophysiology, animal behavior, gene expression, and more. From studying the neural activity associated with memory capacity and attention span to understanding molecular brain changes across the lifespan, our faculty will connect what you’re learning in the classroom to the real research they are conducting in the lab. Undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to participate in faculty-led research or pursue their own research interests as part of their plan of study.
Connect to Your Calling
As a neuroscience major at Loyola, you’ll gain a holistic understanding of the brain and apply your knowledge across multiple disciplines. You can participate in meaningful research and lab work while you’re still a student, helping you find your passion and gain valuable experience to prepare for your career. Graduates in neuroscience may continue their studies or prepare for roles in research and education, science and industry, health care and policy, or public service.