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Undergraduate Training

Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience for undergraduates at Vanderbilt

The study of the nervous system is an interdisciplinary enterprise that draws upon a variety of scientific disciplines ranging from molecular biology and biophysics, to computational science and engineering, to the study of behavior and cognition. To meet the challenge of providing training for entry into this exciting and growing field, Vanderbilt offers its undergraduates an interdisciplinary program of concentration in Neuroscience. The major in Neuroscience is excellent preparation for entry into graduate programs in neuroscience, biology, or psychology, or as preparation for the study of medicine.

Graduate Training

The goal of the graduate program in neuroscience is to form world-class scientists who have the broad conceptual knowledge to understand the important issues of the field, and the know-how and hands-on experience to resolve these issues. The program introduces students to current research strategies aimed at understanding how brain structure and function produces behavior and cognition.

Psychological Sciences at Vanderbilt represents a diverse group of scholars in the Department of Psychology in the College Arts and Science, the Department of Psychology and Human Development in Peabody College, and faculty in allied disciplines across the university. Psychological Sciences at Vanderbilt combines breadth across the traditional domains of academic psychology with depth in specific programs of inquiry likely to contribute to solutions of major scientific, social, and psychological problems.

Biological Sciences
The graduate program in the Department of Biological Sciences is designed to prepare students for careers in teaching and research. Critical thinking skills and technical expertise are achieved primarily through dissertation research beginning with a firm foundation of course work and seminars.

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
The School of Engineering’s graduate programs emphasize innovative, rigorous multidisciplinary study and in-depth instruction. As a graduate student you would be part of a world-class research institution but with the intimacy and faculty contact of a small private university. Our faculty is committed to teaching and working with the next generation of engineering students and you can expect to enjoy the richness of collaboration and long-term relationships at Vanderbilt.

Biomedical Engineering
The purpose of biomedical engineering as a research discipline is to discover new physical and mathematical concepts that are applicable to the problems of biology and medicine, including the organization of health care. Biomedical engineering is concerned with the integrative and mathematical approach to biology and also with more pragmatic problems such as the biomedical use of information systems and the development of advanced biomedical instrumentation. The Graduate School of Vanderbilt University, in collaboration with the Schools of Engineering and Medicine, offers Master of Engineering, Master of Science; and Doctor of Philosophy degrees with a major in Biomedical Engineering. The goal of the Vanderbilt program is to provide advanced education and research training in quantitative organ and cellular biology, in biomedical information and instrumentation systems, imaging and in the scientific principles underlying the origination of therapeutic devices and processes. It is specifically concerned with the interface between the engineering, physical, computing and mathematical sciences, and biology.

Vanderbilt Vision Research Center

Interdisciplinary research and training in vision have a long and distinguished history at Vanderbilt University. Faculty from the College of Arts & Science, Peabody College, School of Engineering and School of Medicine have cooperated over the years to provide an exceptionally rich environment for vision research and training. The focus of our efforts has been to understand the mechanisms of vision through physiological and anatomical investigations. A central mission of the Vanderbilt Vision Research Center is to provide pre and postdoctoral training centered on perception and system level research for the next generation of vision scientists. This mission is supported by a training grant from the National Eye Institute.

This program trains research scientists studying the development, life course, and prevention of abnormal behavior. Its goals are to prepare trainees to become leading research scientists in the interdisciplinary fields of developmental psychopathology and prevention science; provide a national forum for the maturation and evolution of these fields; and enhance the quality of research being conducted in these fields.