Undergraduate

Neuroscience

Study the least-understood organ in the human body: the brain. Learn how the brain develops, how it drives our ability to learn, and how abnormalities in brain development result in disorders.

Neuroscience Program

Program Tracks Available

Major


Admission Deadline

Early Decision: November 1
Early Action: November 1
Early Action II: December 15
Regular Decision: February 15


Degrees Offered

B.A.


Department

Department of Biological and Physical Sciences, Psychology

Program Contact

Michele Lemons, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
508-767-7658 Testa Science Center - Room 254

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Program Curriculum

Faculty


Experiential Learning

Hands-On Research:

Students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with Assumption faculty on research projects. Students can earn academic credit for research completed during the academic year and may apply for paid summer research fellowships. Assumption also enjoys an internship pipeline with the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), just minutes from campus.

Lecture Series:

Featuring nationally recognized neuroscientists, the lecture series gives students the opportunity to learn more about the field and network with experts.

Community Outreach Opportunities:

The Center provides students opportunities to give back to the local community, through activities such as visits to local elementary schools and generating awareness of brain-related diseases by participating in community 5k runs/walks.

Abroad Opportunities:

Students are encouraged to expand their world view by pursuing study abroad opportunities. The Center for Neuroscience looks for ways to connect students interested in neuroscience with related abroad programs, such as the Neuroscience Seminar in Germany

Assumption’s Center for Neuroscience

The Center provides a vibrant, interdisciplinary community of students and faculty with the opportunity to explore current brain-centric research findings in a variety of ways.

The Center aims to increase opportunities for student research, enable students to present their research at national conferences, offer neuroscience-focused career-building events on campus, host a neuroscience-centric lecture series featuring nationally recognized neuroscientists, provide opportunities for networking, and engage in community outreach.


Career Paths

Abbott Bioresearch Center

Aventis Pharmaceuticals

Biogen Idec

Eli Lilly and Company

Genzyme

Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital

Mosaic Technologies

Pfizer

Waters Corporation

Heather Bates

Neuroscience 2020
Neurobiology Research Intern, UMass Medical School Neurobiology Research Department

Assumption prepared me for my internship by building my foundational science knowledge.

I was then able to make real discoveries alongside graduate students and other impressive individuals. Due to my involvement, I am fortunate to be a published author on a paper as an undergraduate student, which can be quite rare.
Emily Norman

Neuroscience 2020
Intern, University of Massachusetts Medical School

My classes and coursework thoroughly prepared me for my internship.

I had the incredible opportunity to collaborate with a team at UMMS and work on data collection to publish a paper for a journal. My Assumption education prepared me to succeed in my internship and has shaped the way I think critically.
William Armstrong

Neuroscience 2020
Undergraduate Research Intern, UMass Medical School Neurobiology Department

At my internship, I experienced what it’s like to work in a medical research lab.

I worked with Professor Lemons researching genes involved with neuronal development in c. elegans. The labs I had to take for many classes helped me gain hands-on experience with the techniques I would later need for my internship.
Devyn Oliver

Biology 2014
Fourth Year PhD Candidate in the Neurobiology Department, UMass Medical School

The best tools you have for getting the career you want are Assumption’s professors.

As an undergraduate, I was exposed to the inner workings of a graduate school laboratory which helped me realize that I wanted to continue conducting neuroscience research and eventually go on to get my Ph.D. The faculty are such knowledgeable and wonderful resources.
Andrea Koslowski

Biology 2017
Pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree, Ross School of Veterinary Medicine

Assumption provided me with a well-balanced liberal arts education that pushed me to grow.

Through the connections I made at Assumption, I was able to spend three years volunteering in the Anesthesia Department at Tufts Veterinary Hospital. This opportunity provided me with experience I needed to be accepted into veterinary school.

Shining Their Light

Heather Bates

Neuroscience 2020
Neurobiology Research Intern, UMass Medical School Neurobiology Research Department

Assumption prepared me for my internship by building my foundational science knowledge.

I was then able to make real discoveries alongside graduate students and other impressive individuals. Due to my involvement, I am fortunate to be a published author on a paper as an undergraduate student, which can be quite rare.
Emily Norman

Neuroscience 2020
Intern, University of Massachusetts Medical School

My classes and coursework thoroughly prepared me for my internship.

I had the incredible opportunity to collaborate with a team at UMMS and work on data collection to publish a paper for a journal. My Assumption education prepared me to succeed in my internship and has shaped the way I think critically.
William Armstrong

Neuroscience 2020
Undergraduate Research Intern, UMass Medical School Neurobiology Department

At my internship, I experienced what it’s like to work in a medical research lab.

I worked with Professor Lemons researching genes involved with neuronal development in c. elegans. The labs I had to take for many classes helped me gain hands-on experience with the techniques I would later need for my internship.
Devyn Oliver

Biology 2014
Fourth Year PhD Candidate in the Neurobiology Department, UMass Medical School

The best tools you have for getting the career you want are Assumption’s professors.

As an undergraduate, I was exposed to the inner workings of a graduate school laboratory which helped me realize that I wanted to continue conducting neuroscience research and eventually go on to get my Ph.D. The faculty are such knowledgeable and wonderful resources.
Andrea Koslowski

Biology 2017
Pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree, Ross School of Veterinary Medicine

Assumption provided me with a well-balanced liberal arts education that pushed me to grow.

Through the connections I made at Assumption, I was able to spend three years volunteering in the Anesthesia Department at Tufts Veterinary Hospital. This opportunity provided me with experience I needed to be accepted into veterinary school.
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Sep 24 Tue

Harvard Guest Speaker: Neuroscience Presentation

Sep. 24, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
TFAC Ballroom B
Oct 4 Fri

Discovery Day

A special visit opportunity for high school seniors! Experience the classroom environment at Assumption - see why our students thrive during their four years here. You'll also enjoy lunch in Taylor Dining Hall, meet members of the Assumption community and take a tour of campus! Register Today

Oct. 4, 2019
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Assumption College
Oct 5 Sat

Hound Day

Be a Hound for the day! Interact with faculty and students, tour the campus, and enjoy a tailgate lunch in the end zone before cheering on the Greyhounds at a football game. While on campus, you can also join the fun of Assumption's Family Weekend Carnival! Register Today

Oct. 5, 2019
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Assumption College

Events

Sep 24 Tue

Harvard Guest Speaker: Neuroscience Presentation

Sep. 24, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
TFAC Ballroom B
Oct 4 Fri

Discovery Day

A special visit opportunity for high school seniors! Experience the classroom environment at Assumption - see why our students thrive during their four years here. You'll also enjoy lunch in Taylor Dining Hall, meet members of the Assumption community and take a tour of campus! Register Today

Oct. 4, 2019
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Assumption College
Oct 5 Sat

Hound Day

Be a Hound for the day! Interact with faculty and students, tour the campus, and enjoy a tailgate lunch in the end zone before cheering on the Greyhounds at a football game. While on campus, you can also join the fun of Assumption's Family Weekend Carnival! Register Today

Oct. 5, 2019
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Assumption College

NSF-sponsored Research

In January 2019, Assumption College Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Director of the Center for Neuroscience Michele Lemons, Ph.D., secured a highly competitive $245,710 four-year research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for neurodevelopment research. This grant is distinctive for the emphasis it places upon research at undergraduate institutions, in particular, training undergraduates. Read more about the opportunities the grant provides Assumption students.


UMASS Partnership

Assumption College enjoys a close partnership and an internship pipeline with the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMASS). In addition to numerous collaborations between faculty at both institutions, many of our students complete research internships in the Department of Neurobiology and with psychiatry faculty at UMASS, as well as a number of other research institutions.


Assumption Celebrates New Center for Neuroscience

“The Assumption program and this Center, true to an institution committed to the liberal arts, with a concern for and a focus on the human person, offers an authentic interdisciplinary approach, from the areas of biology, or chemistry, psychology and philosophy,” said Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., president of Assumption College. “In studying neuroscience here, we approach this complex field from different perspectives, the biological, psychological, and the philosophical … An interdisciplinary approach is critical to making advances into understanding how and why we learn, the feeling we experience, or even how biological abnormalities can alter one’s life and way of thinking … This Center is yet another distinct feature of a unique education offered to students at Assumption College.”

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