Norwich University announces new academic major in neuroscience


December 14, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University officials announced that beginning Fall 2016 the university will offer a new major of academic study, a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience.

A field that is interdisciplinary in nature, the Neuroscience program will expose students to a rapidly growing field at the intersection of Biology and Psychology, while also providing students a firm background in Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. Neuroscience graduates will draw knowledge from a variety of specialties, effectively mastering the human nervous system from cellular, molecular, biochemical, cognitive and behavioral perspectives.

“Educating students about the human nervous system in health and disease will prepare them for managing the public health challenges of our global population,” Assistant Professor of Biology Megan Doczi says.

The director of the neuroscience program, Doczi conducts research into the developmental regulation of potassium ion channels in avian hypothalamic neurons, funded by the Vermont Genetics Network.

When asked why students should study neuroscience, Doczi said: “I think that unknown component of the nervous system and the brain, in particular, is what draws me to the discipline. And I hope I communicate that enthusiasm to my students as well. I just love when they ask questions that I can’t answer. Because nobody can answer some of the questions that they’re asking, and those are the questions that need to be asked.”

The new major will be housed in the College of Science and Mathematics.

Read more about Doczi and her thoughts on neuroscience here.

˜˜˜About Norwich University 

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

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