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Best for Undergraduate Neuroscience?

BlahbityBlahbity Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
edited June 2011 in Science Majors
Boston University, University of Rochester, university of Pittsburgh, or UC Davis?
I'd love any insight into differentiating their programs.
Also, I've been specifically looking for neuroscience program rankings and cannot find anything. Any help is appreciated!
Post edited by Blahbity on

Replies to: Best for Undergraduate Neuroscience?

  • wgmcp101wgmcp101 Registered User Posts: 936 Member
    This is repetitive with an answer in other thread, but I'll repeat it here:

    Pitt is by far the highest regarded as far in Neuroscience out of those schools. At Pitt, undergraduate neuroscience is an independent department, not just a program under a biology department, and it is one of the oldest neuroscience undergraduate departments in the country, so it has its own dedicated faculty and is a well-oiled, established undergraduate program that offers a plethora of courses in the neurosciences. The Department of Neuroscience, however, is only one of many components of the very large Neuroscience community at Pitt (see CNUP). Compared to the other on your list, Pitt has by far the most research going on, a large portion of that neuro-related, and that research is located right on the undergraduate campus. Pitt is 5th in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding behind Harvard, John Hopkins, Penn and UCSF. That is the major mechanism academic bioscience research is funded in the US and is thus is directly correlated to the level and amount of research being done at any one institution. Undergraduate research at Pitt is a huge part of undergraduate life, and as neuroscience is foremost a research discipline, having all of these major research facilities on or adjacent to campus makes it not only extremely accessible to undergraduates, but also provides a wealth and variety of such opportunities.

    I have a BS in Neuroscience at Pitt, and a PhD in Neuroscience from elsewhere, and can confirm first hand how well Pitt's undergraduate Neuroscience program trains its students. It is also much better known in the field than any of the other schools that you listed.
  • ParAlumParAlum Registered User Posts: 439 Member
    I beg to slightly differ with the previous posting. UC Davis has outstanding researchers in the areas of neurodevelopmental disorders (see the MIND institute) able to offer internships for undergraduates.

    all of the programs would prepare you for top graduate programs in neuroscience, but each has a very different focus on different areas of neuroscience. Check the course listing and the faculty research. See which program just sounds most interesting to you. All are good programs in good schools.
  • malamlmalaml Registered User Posts: 208 Junior Member
    what about UF or UM? Between the two, which one would you choose for Neuroscience?
  • crumpets123crumpets123 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    does anyone have a response for international universities?
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