What are the best colleges for studying Neuroscience?
I'm a rising senior in high school and really interested in majoring in Neuroscience for college. Any schools strong in this subject? Preferably on the west coast? Thanks!
Note these rankings are heavily weighing on research labs, not undergrad education quality. So do consult students who actually have experienced campus life in those universities to know more details like how much attention you can get, class size, richness of student-initiated activities, etc.
It is important to know that neuroscience is a very wide discipline with sub-topics including genetics, cellular study, animal experiments, human behavioral experiments (perception, cognition, etc), cognitive science and computational modelling. So if you have any specific preference, I would strongly suggest you to check if the university offers some related classes in that sub-topic.
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Both my stepdaughter and daughter started as neuroscience majors (George Mason, St Lawrence) and soon realized that they were more interested in studying human behavior as relates to the brain, and that the science course requirements in college were too significant for them. Both either majored in Psychology, (George Mason) or are majoring in Psychology now ( St Lawrence) - and are happy with their decision.
All the ivy League schools and MIT have amazing neuro programs as Zhiwei states, but other lesser schools with good programs include Wentworth in Boston and UNH in Durham NH.