Departments & Programs
Neuroscience Program402 N. Blackford Street, LD 124
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3276
Phone: (317) 278-2237; Fax: (317) 274-6756
- Director Stephen L. Boehm II, Associate Professor of Psychology
- Advisor Cynthia Williams
Associated faculty include the following:
- Department of Biology Faculty
- Simon Atkinson, Professor and Vice Chancellor for Research; area of interest: molecular biology
- A.J. Baucum, Assistant Professor; area of interest: neurodegenerative disorders
- Teri Belecky-Adams, Associate Professor; area of interest: developmental neurobiology of the eye
- Ellen Chernoff, Associate Professor; area of interest: amphibian spinal cord regeneration
- James Marrs, Professor; area of interest: developmental biology of the ear and eye
- Jason Meyer, Assistant Professor; area of interest: neural development, stem cells
- Simon Rhodes, Professor and Dean of Science; area of interest: neuroendocrine development
- Randall Roper, Associate Professor; area of interest: genetics - Trisomy 21
*Adjunct faculty in the department who has an interest in neuroendocrinology (Mark Heiman, Eli Lilly)
- Department of Mathematical Sciences Faculty
- Alexey Kuznetsov, Assistant Professor; area of interest: mathematical and computational modeling
- Leonid Rubchinsky, Associate Professor; area of interest: computational neuroscience
- *Robert Worth is an Adjunct Professor from Neurosurgery (IU School of Medcine) who collaborates extensively with faculty in computational modeling/neuroscience.
- Department of Psychology Faculty
- Stephen Boehm, Associate Professor and Program Director; area of interest: behavioral neuroscience
- Melissa Cyders, Associate Professor; area of interest: affective neuroscience
- Cristine Czachowski, Associate Professor; area of interest: behavioral pharmacology
- Charles Goodlett, Professor; area of interest: developmental psychobiology
- Nicholas Grahame, Associate Professor; area of interest: behavioral genetics
- Christopher Lapish, Assistant Professor; area of interest: cognitive neuroscience
- Bethany Neal-Beliveau, Associate Professor; area of interest: developmental psychobiology
- Robert Stewart, Senior Lecturer; area of interest: behavioral pharmacology
- *Several adjunct faculty specialize in neurology and neuroscience drug discovery (David Kareken, IU School of Medicine; David McKinzie, Neuroscience Discovery Research, Eli Lilly; Jeff Witkin, Psychiatric Drug Discovery, Eli Lilly).
Neuroscience is a rapidly advancing field that examines the structure and function of the nervous system with particular focus on the intersection between the brain and behavior. This field has emerged through the explosive growth of research in the neural sciences and increased interest in the mechanisms that support behavior in humans and in animal models.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience will offer an interdisciplinary curriculum that is grounded in biology, psychology, physics, chemistry, computer science and mathematical sciences, with the nervous system as a common focus. All students are encouraged to participate in research in laboratories across the School of Science and the IU School of Medicine utilizing the state-of-the-art experimental methods available to them.
Neuroscience courses will be drawn primarily from the Department of Biology and the Department of Psychology. Foundational coursework will also be completed in Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, and Computer Science. The degree program culminates in a capstone research experience.
Because neuroscience is a rapidly advancing field of inquiry, there is a high demand for trained professionals with knowledge and skills related to neuroscience for careers in medicine, academic or government-supported research, health-related sciences, and biotechnology. It is anticipated that a substantial proportion of graduates may elect to continue their training in graduate or professional school, particularly schools of medicine.