Rochester Institute of Technology is offering a new bachelor’s degree in neuroscience beginning this fall.
The Bachelor of Science degree will focus on how the brain works and how to apply that knowledge to develop systems for new frontiers, such as advancing artificial intelligence, combating neurodegenerative diseases and assisting those with learning disabilities.
Neuroscience students will get hands-on experience all four years starting with core skills and moving to advanced experimental research methods.
Research projects within the discipline will touch on areas such as prosthetics, games and machine learning. Active research laboratories will focus on comparative cognition, psychopathology, color perception, facial perception and multisensory integration in VR/AR.
The program is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the College of Science and the College of Liberal Arts.
Elena Fedorovskaya, program head and research faculty in the College of Science, said neuroscience is considered to be one of the last frontiers of science.
“There is a lot of attention because we’ve made so much progress in all kinds of science and engineering, but it became obvious that we also need to tackle how the brain works and how our mind is enabled by brain functioning,” she said.
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