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Why Choose a Minor in Neuroscience?

Our innovative and interdisciplinary program emphasizes original research and critical thinking. The neuroscience minor leverages the expertise of faculty members from seven distinct academic departments across the sciences and humanities. You will have the opportunity to explore the rapidly evolving field of neuroscience in a structured, challenging, and satisfying way. We provide an in-depth investigation of nervous-system function while allowing you to pursue a major in another discipline. We also offer robust opportunities for experiential learning through fieldwork, internships, and paid student-faculty research. Our students graduate with excellent career preparation skills, knowing how to write grants, read scientific literature critically, reason quantitatively, and work in teams.

What You’ll Study

Our students are required to take coursework that trains them to consider scientific problems from the perspective of disciplines outside their major. Neuroscience students are often deeply involved with faculty research that spans many subfields, including behavioral genetics, behavioral neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, neurobiology, and neurochemistry, providing opportunities rarely available to undergraduates. We believe this active, interdisciplinary approach is the best preparation for your professional life outside Lewis & Clark.

Many Lewis & Clark students—unlike students at other schools—earn course credit toward their neuroscience minor while on an overseas program. In addition to general cultural programs that are open to all students, there are programs with a biochemistry, biology, or psychology focus.

Outside the classroom, many neuroscience students get involved in cutting-edge research, available through classes and the paid Rogers Summer Science Program. Many of our students take advantage of additional research opportunities at the nearby Oregon Health & Science University, doing summer research internships and even senior thesis projects. Students interested in careers in the health professions often complete clinically relevant volunteer and internship experiences at a variety of hospitals and clinics in the area. We provide extensive guidance to help students find and secure these opportunities.


Complement Your Education With One of These Majors

The most popular majors for our neuroscience minors are biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, and psychology.

What Students Are Saying About Lewis & Clark

  • I immediately felt welcomed into such a loving and caring community.

    Saheli Singh BA ’22
    Biology | Pomona, California
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  • Lewis & Clark has changed me in a lot of ways. I am passionate about what I am learning and the professors have made me a more inquisitive and curious person.

    Kenzie Wingard BA ’21
    Biology | Missoula, Montana
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  • Biochemistry makes life make so much more sense! It provides a network for the functions of every living organism, and, when combined with molecular biology, this major is the mechanism of life.

    Katya Schwieterman BA ’24
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology | Neuroscience | Paonia, Colorado
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What Can You Do With a Minor in Neuroscience?

Our alumni use their minor in neuroscience in a wide variety of careers—including research, medicine, public health, teaching, and law—and many attend graduate school or doctoral programs in the health professions. They work in academia, in industry, with nonprofits, and for local, state, and federal governments. Many of them apply the skills they have acquired in problem solving, critical thinking, writing, and speaking to fields other than neuroscience.

Dedicated Faculty

Our expert professors are your expert mentors. You will learn directly from faculty (no graduate assistants here!) that are nationally recognized in their fields of study and who love to work with and learn from their students. Your professors will inspire you to be a thoughtful and passionate participant in a diverse world. Your small classes will support you as you explore new ideas, find your voice, and speak your truth.

Neuroscience faculty rely on their students to be collaborative researchers in the lab, providing an opportunity that’s rarely available to undergraduates at other schools. Students are frequent coauthors on peer-reviewed faculty publications and professional presentations.

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Invest in Yourself

A private liberal arts education is often more affordable than you think. Last year, Lewis & Clark distributed over $74 million in assistance from institutional, federal, state, and private sources. Additionally, we’re so confident that our first-year students will graduate in four years with their bachelor of arts degree that if you don’t, we’ll cover the extra semester of tuition.

Find Your People

Students can join a variety of student-run organizations that relate to their neuroscience minor, like Math Club, Physics Club, and Pre-Health Club. Don’t see what you’re looking for on the club list? Start something new and build your own community of peers!

Neuroscience Events

October 20

Philosophy Colloquium: Can Robots Become Sentient? Abhinavagupta’s Panentheism in Dialogue with Contemporary Neuroscience: Vimarśa and Integrated Information Theory (IIT 3.0) by Loriliai Biernacki (University of Colorado Boulder)

I address how sentience might arise using a comparative analysis of the nondual philosophy of the 11th century Hindu philosopher Abhinavagupta in relation to a contemporary, currently popular neuroscientific theory addressing the relation between the mind and the body, Integrated Information Theory (IIT 3.0). How it is that some things and entities are classified as sentient, while others are not? While much of Indian philosophy engages with the concept of consciousness, often writ in large and abstract terms, as cit or samvit, I suggest that Abhinavagupta’s articulation of consciousness as vimarśa may be better suited as a concept for determining the status of sentience. This analysis of Abhinavagupta’s panentheism, particularly with the concept of vimarśa, brings to the forefront a crucial and often somewhat overlooked premise underlying IIT 3.0’s ontological framework: the implicit and requisite assumption of subjectivity within materiality.

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