Why study Neuroscience?

"...from the brain alone come joys, delights, laughter…and sorrows, grief, and sadness. And with the brain, in a special way, we acquire wisdom and knowledge, see and hear, know what is foul and what is fair, what is bad and what is good, and what is sweet and what is unsavory...."
Hippocrates, ~400 BCE

A student answers: What is your favorite part of being a neuroscience major at St. Thomas? "My favorite part about being a neuroscience major has been the incredible opportunity to participate in undergraduate student-faculty research. I have already been able to take part in novel research, learning techniques used by professionals in my field and advancing knowledge in the greater scientific community."

Message from the Director

Thank you for your interest in Neuroscience at the University of St. Thomas!

The Neuroscience Program is an interdisciplinary, research-intensive major that combines coursework in several disciplines with neuroscience-specific experiences in both classrooms and labs. Neuroscience is one of the ten most-popular majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, and eight full-time faculty from the Biology and Psychology departments are affiliated with the program.

Our curriculum is organized in two tiers. During the first two years, students complete foundational coursework in Biology, Chemistry and Psychology. In the Junior and Senior years, students choose from several upper division courses that span several fields within neuroscience, biology and psychology.

Engaging undergraduates in research is a core emphasis for our faculty, and all of our faculty collaborate with undergraduate students in their research. We also have an active student group (the Neuroscience Club) and a chapter of the national neuroscience honor society (Nu Rho Psi) on campus.

Undergraduate neuroscience at St. Thomas is unique among institutions. Because we are larger than a small college, we have more resources to teach our students in state-of-the-art laboratory techniques, more active faculty to give our students exposure to the latest findings and current issues in the field, and more students to provide a diverse, dynamic academic environment. At the same time, we are small enough that our faculty develop personal relationships with our students, and provide opportunities to collaborate on cutting-edge research in both laboratory and field settings.

Please browse our website to learn more about Neuroscience at the University of St. Thomas. If you have any questions, or if you would like to visit campus to see more of what we have to offer, please contact me.

Kurt R. Illig, PhD

Director, Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program
University of St. Thomas


The University of St. Thomas Program in Neuroscience is an institutional member of the Society for Neuroscience and of the Faculty for Undergraduate Neurosicence