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The study of the nervous system intersects with a wide range of disciplines from molecular biology and biophysics, to computational science and engineering. To prepare students for continued studies or a career in neuroscience, Vanderbilt has designed a fully interdisciplinary program. It draws on expertise from several departments and schools within the university to provide a comprehensive background in the basic sciences of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics, as well as a strong foundation in the fundamentals of neuroscience and psychology.

As students advance, they are able to pursue advanced work in one or more specific sub-areas of neuroscience through elective courses.


  • Undergraduate Major in Neuroscience


    The major in Neuroscience is designed to fulfill a pre-med curriculum, and to also prepare students wishing to pursue graduate work in neuroscience or related fields. It utilizes expertise from several departments and schools to provide a comprehensive background in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics, as well as a strong foundation in the fundamentals of neuroscience and psychology.

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  • Undergraduate Minor in Neuroscience


    The minor in Neuroscience is designed for individuals who wish to gain exposure to the fundamentals of neuroscience, but who do not wish to complete the full pre-med curriculum or who want to augment another relevant major in the college.

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  • Honors Program in Neuroscience


    Superior students with a strong research orientation are encouraged to consider the Honors Program in Neuroscience. Students apply to enter the Honors Program during the spring semester of their junior year and assemble an Honors Committee that includes their mentor and at least two other faculty members.

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  • Graduate Program in Neuroscience


    This program prepares every student to make significant contributions in neuroscience and fosters development from trainee to independent research scientist and educator by combining rigorous course work and sound training in the fundamentals of neuroscience, including the integrated study of nervous system function and disease, with opportunities for state-of-the-art research.

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  • Brandt F. Eichman Brandt F. Eichman, Ph.D.

    Brandt F. Eichman, Ph.D.

    Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences

      • Suzana Herculano-Houzel Suzana Herculano-Houzel, Ph.D.

        Suzana Herculano-Houzel, Ph.D.

        Associate Professor in Psychology and Biological Sciences

          • Carrie Jones Carrie Jones, Ph.D.

            Carrie Jones, Ph.D.

            Associate Professor of Pharmacology

              • Frank Tong Frank Tong

                Frank Tong

                Centennial Professor of Psychology

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                  Centers & Institutes

                  • Vanderbilt Brain Institute

                    The Vanderbilt Brain Institute is a vibrant community of faculty, staff, students and trainees spread across 24 departments at Vanderbilt, all joined by their common interest in the different levels of neuroscience research.

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                  • MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience

                    The network addresses a focused set of closely-related problems at the intersection of neuroscience and criminal justice. This includes investigating law-relevant mental states and understanding the relationship between brain development and cognitive capacities in adolescents.

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                  • Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery

                    VCNDD is heavily invested in discovery of novel drug candidates for treatment of major brain disorders and includes faculty with major interests in drug discovery for new approaches to treatment of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and malaria.

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                  • Center for Integrative and Cognitive Neuroscience

                    The Center for Integrative and Cognitive Neuroscience sustains programs of research to elucidate how normal and abnormal behavior and cognition arise from the function of the brain.

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                  • Music Cognition Lab

                    The lab is focused on the relationship between music, language, and social development. They facilitate the exchange of ideas between neuroscience, psychology, education, audiology, speech-language pathology, medicine, music, and engineering.

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                  Vanderbilt’s neuroscience program is second to none. My lab work there bridged translational and preclinical science and it directly informs my strategic consulting today.

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