University of Southern California

USC Neuroscience

Learning Objectives

A. General Skills and Breadth

Develop the ability to manage one’s time, work independently, take initiative, and collaborate.

Develop the ability to think critically, analyze, synthesize, and use information to solve problems.

Acquire broad knowledge in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences, and understand the relevance of these disciplines to the life sciences.

Develop the ability to communicate scientific ideas, orally and in writing.

Develop facility in the use of computer applications and the internet.

B. Scientific and Experimental Skills

Understand and apply scientific methods, including forming hypotheses, designing experiments to test hypotheses, and collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting data.

Develop the ability to use appropriate laboratory or field procedures, methods, and instrumentation for neuroscience studies.

C. Neuroscience Skills

Develop an appreciation for and breadth of knowledge that spans the full range of neuroscience sub disciplines, including developmental, molecular, cellular, systems, behavioral, cognitive, and computational neuroscience.

Understand evolution as the central unifying concept in neuroscience.

D. Ethics / Society

Be able to place neuroscience into an ethical context, especially how studying the brain and behavior can contribute to the resolution of ethical, social, and environmental issues.

E. After Graduation

Prepare students with a sufficient depth of knowledge and abilities to prepare them for entry-level employment in a wide variety of fields, or for graduate study in neuroscience or health-related professions.