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Gain a holistic understanding

The Neuroscience program at Stonehill College is based on the premise that the study of the brain requires a comprehensive foundation in the sciences and behavior. Our mission is to prepare students to actively engage in and contribute to the process, understanding and application of neuroscience.

What is Neuroscience?

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system from the molecular to the organismic levels of organization. It is multidisciplinary, drawing on knowledge from traditional disciplines such as biology, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology and experimental psychology.

Neuroscience majors study

Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience includes topics such as gene transcription and translation, intra and intercellular communication, neuronal excitability and conduction of nerve impulses.

Systems & Behavioral Neuroscience includes how networks of neurons operate as a system to allow the organism to respond appropriately to its changing environment.

Clinical aspects of Neuroscience includes neural control and potential treatments for disorders such as sleep apnea, addiction, Type II diabetes, and mental disorders like anxiety, depression and schizophrenia.

The Neurobiology of Disease includes studying the neurobiological bases of conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Addiction and Major Depressive Disorder. 

A Valuable Step Toward an Advanced Degree

In addition to providing our graduates with a solid foundation for entrance-level careers, the Neuroscience major is also a popular choice among students who plan to pursue advanced degrees. Our graduates have been accepted into some of the most prestigious graduate schools in the nation.

We provide a strong education in the fundamentals and allow students to choose an emphasis in either the biological or the psychological aspects of the field. Students with a focus on the biological side of neuroscience are prepared for a variety of careers.

Big Challenges, Great Support

In addition to enthusiastic and highly qualified neuroscience professors who are active in research, the Neuroscience program benefits from additional faculty members who are neurologists at Boston’s top hospitals. Students also have access to numerous other well-qualified faculty members from the Biology, Chemistry and Psychology departments.

All of professors challenge their students in the classroom. At the same time, the same professors, fellow students and a host of additional resources combine to create a supportive and enriching learning environment at Stonehill College.

They adapt the curriculum to the newest techniques that are coming out. They always share the newest technologies and want us to understand every aspect.

State-of-the-Art Facilities & Equipment

The $34 million, 89,000-square-foot Shields Science Center shows just how dedicated Stonehill is to the sciences. Shields offers state of the art facilities, including labs, observation rooms, research areas as well as innovative “clabs” that are designed to function as both classroom and lab space.

Access to advanced equipment

At Stonehill, neuroscience majors learn by doing. Students that collaborate with faculty on research projects have access to a wide variety of high-tech equipment, a perk usually reserved for graduate students anywhere else. Here are just a few pieces of equipment that you may use: 

  • Morris Water Maze with Polytrack video tracking system
  • Tissue Culture Facility (4 Biosafety Hoods, Tissue Culture CO2 Incubators and Cryostorage unit)
  • Open Field Photobeam Activity System
  • Small Animal Stereotaxic Apparatus
  • High Field Digital NMR Spectrometer
  • Raman Spectrophotometer
  • UPLC System with Tandem Mass Spectrometer Detection
  • Femtosecond Pulse Laser Systems with 4W Opus Laser
  • Transmission Electron Microscope

Sample Courses

Research Methods in Neuroscience (WID)

NEU 271
How do we design scientific experiments that provide sound and convincing evidence of a relationship or effect? What variables and statistical analyses are most relevant in neuroscience experimentation? We will examine neuroscience research methodologies and use case studies and examples drawing from molecular, physiological and behavioral neuroscience, to broaden our perspective of experimental design, data collection and interpretation.

Cognitive Neuroscience

NEU 300
This course explores how the brain carries out the functions of the mind. We will explore the functional organization that allows us to move, speak, see, hear, and feel, and we examine the evidence for this organization such as deficits following brain lesions and patterns of brain activity during cognitive tasks.

Sensory and Motor Neurobiology

NEU 302
This course will build upon basic neuroscience concepts. An emphasis on cell and molecular neurophysiology will be explored within the framework of sensory and motor systems. An in-depth look at how neurons communicate, together with an introduction to reading and discussing primary literature, will prepare students for more advanced neuroscience topics.

Psychopharmacology

NEU 400
Explores mechanisms of drug action, the ways in which the body metabolizes drugs (pharmacokinetics) and the resulting effect a drug has when ingested (pharmacodynamics). By drawing examples from clinical pharmacology, neurology and narcotic abuse we will gain a broad and balanced perspective of the current topics in psychotropic drug use and abuse.

Where Our Graduates Work

Stonehill’s neuroscience graduates go on to work at a range of notable organizations. Continue exploring where Stonehill graduates work.

Honor Society Affiliations

Nu Rho Psi

Stonehill College is a Charter member of Nu Rho Psi, the National Honor Society in the field of Neuroscience. Students are selected for membership in Nu Rho Psi based on their superior scholarly accomplishments as well as their excellent work in the laboratory.

Lambda Epsilon Sigma

Stonehill’s campus-wide honor society, Lambda Epsilon Sigma, recognizes students from all areas of study. Students who have demonstrated a well-rounded thirst for knowledge are invited to apply.

Contact Information

John G. McCoy

John G. McCoy

Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Neuroscience Program Director
Psychology