Ashish L. Ranpura
aranpura at minerva.cis.yale.edu
Sun Jan 29 11:29:43 EST 1995
In article <3gg0cr$a1a at dingo.cc.uq.oz.au>, lisao at psy.uq.oz.au (Lisa Olson)
:Hi there ..
:I am interested in getting a PhD in Neuroscience ..could
:someone tell me what area is best to major in for my BSc?
:I'm currently planning to major in psychology, supplemented
:by classes in neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, and neuroanatomy.
:Would this fulfill the requirements to be admitted to a
:representative neuroscience program?
I think that it will depend a lot on what you want to do in
"neuroscience." If you major in psychology you will graduate with a
naturally sociological bent towards the science; your PhD work and career
will probably be higher systems oriented, and may involve a lot of
clinical psychology experiments. On the other hand, if you majored in
molecular biology or biophysics, you would work on neuroscience at the
level or individual neurons and neuronal circuits. Then there is a whole
range in between.
In short, you should take clasees that most interest you in order to
insure that you will end up doing the research that most interests you.
Decide what you want to do more specifically, and then take classes to
prepare you for that. Do not ignore non-neurology classes. A good
background in molecular genetics and biochemistry is very important too.
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