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Psychology Department
Multidisciplinary Studies Program in Neuroscience




 
Contact Information

Dr. Tuan Tran, Director
Mult. Studies Program in Neuroscience
Dept. of Psychology, Rawl 225
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858

Email:
trant@ecu.edu

 



Mission Statement

  • Students and faculty in the Multidisciplinary Studies Program in Neuroscience study questions spanning the entire spectrum of modern neuroscience research. Key questions include:

    • How do molecules work together in time and space to build functioning nerve cells?
    • How do individual neurons and their interconnections lead to the emergent properties of neural circuits?
    • How do the information processing functions of neural circuits lead to complex behaviors, memories, emotions, and thought?

  • Departing from the traditional focus on individual disciplines, Neuroscience is characterized by collaborative interactions between faculty and students working at many different levels of analysis, including research on cell-molecular neurobiology, pharmacology, physiology, neural engineering, neural communications, and cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. When combined with a varied curriculum, seminars, an annual neuroscience symposium, and an extremely active faculty that contribute to neuroscience research and instruction, the neuroscience concentration provides an excellent, well-rounded and nurturing training experience designed to prepare undergraduate students for graduate study in neuroscience or a neuroscience-related field. Optionally, because many of the core courses in the program overlap with pre-medical school courses, the program further prepares students to seek entry into medical school.

  • Pursuant to the philosophy of East Carolina University, the Neuroscience Program pledges itself to (1) foster educational excellence in curriculum, instruction, and scholarship; (2)promote neuroscientific  research and scientific inquiry through attendance at professional conferences, professional contacts, and publications; (3) provide opportunities for students to learn from a variety of laboratory and/or medical/clinical experiences; (4) foster a culture that values diversity, encourages interaction, and negotiates the differences among us; (5) uphold the standards of professional ethics and academic integrity; (6) promote multidisciplinary collaboration; (7) support academic freedom; and (8) foster professional and public service.