University of Pittsburgh

Department of Neuroscience


Neuroscience is the study of the biology and function of the central nervous system, with a special focus on the brain. The field has emerged during the past two decades as part of the explosive growth of research and interest in the neural sciences. An autonomous major in neuroscience was developed at the University of Pittsburgh in 1983, and is among the largest undergraduate neuroscience programs in the country, with more than 300 students as majors.

The program is designed to provide a challenging sequence of courses in biological sciences, chemistry, mathematics, and physics, in addition to introductory and advanced courses in neuroscience. Students may also receive credit for original research projects conducted in collaboration with faculty members. The relatively small size of the upper-level courses, excellence of teaching, and opportunities for research are especially attractive features of the major. A minor in neuroscience is also available.


Our graduates are going places!

Congratulations, Class of 2017 !

Andrew Silberfeld - working in the Greenberg lab at Harvard Medical Center as a research assistant in the department of Neurobiology, studying Rett Syndrome.

Daniel Bakhadj — will be employed by National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Haadi Ali — will be employed by Department of Neurobiology
Carson Derrow — will be employed by Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

Alec James DiVito -- accepted to Temple University School of Medicine

Brett Curtis — accepted to University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Alice Cheng — accepted to the Master's Program in Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University
Margaret Tish — accepted to the University of Iowa
Arthi Narayanan — accepted to University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Adam Kubicki — will be employed by UPMC Presbyterian
Savannah Tollefson — will be employed by Department of Radiology at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Tulsi Malavia — accepted to University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, and Incahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Daniel Campbell — will be biking across the county
Zoe Tapp — accepted to the Neuroscience Graduate Program, Ohio State University
Matthew Keeney — will be employed by the Greenamyre Lab at the Pittsburgh Institue for Neurodegenerative Diseases
Andrew Halton — accepted to Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Salus University, Elkins Park, PA
Jared Harris — accepted to Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry, Temple University
Alyssa Brisbin — will be employed by Clinical Neurophysiology Department, UPMC
Dheeraj K. Jalluri — invited to serve with City Year Philadelphia
Danielle Bilger — accepted to Pennsylvania College of Technology
Kristi Nowak — accepted to the Physician Assistant Studies Program at Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL
Ayushi Dwivedi — accepted to the MS Program in Healthcare Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University, the Sloan Program in Health Administration in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, and received the Sloan Program International Health Prize (scholarship).



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Research Opportunities

The Department of Neuroscience encourages interested undergraduate majors to gain research experience within an active neuroscience laboratory. Most undergraduates who enroll in research for credit are interested in completing an independent project that results in an undergraduate thesis.

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