Neuroscience is an exciting and challenging interdisciplinary field in which scientists study the anatomy, physiology, and function of the nervous system.

Often described as one of the "last frontiers," neuroscience is the study of the nervous system and how it regulates behavior.  Psychology and biology have been the traditional disciplines that share this interest, but fields such as communication sciences, physics, computer science and other diverse fields are also interested in neuroscience. Discover neuroscience.

  • Interdisciplinary field:  Requires an understanding of a broad range of methods of inquiry, ranging from basic "bench" sciences methods (such as cell and molecular biology) to clinical methods associated with the study of medical disorders or disease states.
  • Challenging curriculum: It's constantly evolving to reflect the exciting new discoveries made in neurobiology. The curriculum features a strong life science foundation, research methods, and a strong core of neuroscience courses.


Bringing investigators and educators together across the university

The Neuroscience, Behavior, and Health Initiative seeks to improve human health through behavior change by promoting interdisciplinary research and education at UVM. This research effort spans the spectrum from genes and molecules to complex behaviors and the translation of this research goes from bench to bedside to community and back again. Initiatives like this make UVM an exciting place for transdisciplinary research, training, and education.

Limitless opportunity

At UVM, we place a strong emphasis on research experience—as a neuroscience major you’ll be encouraged to gain laboratory experience as part of a research program of a UVM faculty member. With nearly 100 neuroscience faculty at UVM, there are many opportunities for you to become involved in cutting-edge research.

Research the UVM way

Our neuroscience program reflects UVM’s commitment to a broad interdisciplinary research approach, equipping you with perspectives from faculty in biology, psychological science, communication science and disorders, neurological sciences and other researchers at UVM. This range of gives you many exit ramps along the broad artery of neuroscience.

A degree of flexibility

Our curriculum gives you the freedom to select advanced courses that will prepare you for a wide variety of careers, including graduate study, medical school and other health-care career options like laboratory technician positions and science writing.