Cultivation of an Interdisciplinary , Research-Based Neuroscience Minor at Hope College

Leah A Chase, Joanne Stewart, Christopher C Barney


Hope College is an undergraduate liberal arts college with an enrollment of approximately 3,000 students. In the spring of 2005, we began to offer an interdisciplinary neuroscience minor program that is open to all students. The objective of this program is to introduce students to the field of neuroscience, and to do so in such a way as to broaden students disciplinary perspectives, enhance communication and quantitative skills, and increase higher- level reasoning skills by encouraging collaboration among students who have different disciplinary backgrounds. This is a research-based program that culminates in a one-year capstone research course. the program development at Hope College, including a description of our newly developed curriculum, our initial assessment data, and the lessons we have learned in developing this program.

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