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“In 1970, neuroscience barely existed as a separate discipline. Today, more than 300 graduate training programs exist in neuroscience alone, and neuroscience is one of the most exciting areas of biomedical research.  The field of neuroscience has made startling discoveries that have transformed our understanding of the healthy brain and helped to deliver treatments for disorders affecting millions.” (  This rapidly growing interest in neuroscience has also led to the development of major and minor programs at the undergraduate level.  In 2004, Hope College established an interdisciplinary Neuroscience Minor Program that is open to all students, regardless of their major. If you are interested in pursuing a minor in neuroscience, contact the Director of the Neuroscience program, Dr. Thomas Ludwig, at to learn more.

We invite you to learn more!!!!

Students who have participated in the program have a wide variety of majors such as…

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  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Education
  • English
  • Kinesiology
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Social Work

You may be asking, “What can I do with a neuroscience education?”

  • Professional school (medical school, veterinary school, dental school, physical therapy..)
  • Graduate School (55% of our alumni)
  • Nursing
  • Scientific Illustration
  • Journalism
  • Law School
  • Philosophy
  • Understand what you hear in the news

Read what our students have to say about the program…

I really enjoyed the neuroscience program and really felt like the professors took a personal interest in me.  Thank you so much!!!  This program has definitely changed the direction of my future.

It’s a great program that’s rapidly growing and changing!!

I liked working with students outside of my major.  I can really appreciate the interdisciplinary aspect of neuroscience. 

If you enjoy science and want to take a closer look at the brain and cognition, take neuroscience.  It will also help you learn to read and relate complex journal articles.

“My interest in the sciences and medicine was renewed as I became more involved in the school’s newly formed neuroscience program. With its heavy emphasis on the research process, I became more and more interested in what it is actually like to make scientific discovery and to actualize what I had been learning in the textbooks and lectures. I began to understand conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, how such far-reaching diseases are initiated at such a minute molecular level.  Being involved in this program also demonstrated the importance of an interdisciplinary approach when studying such a complex structure as the brain. In this program, I’ve been exposed to the disciplines of psychology and philosophy, as well as chemistry and biology. I’ve come to realize that making progress in any science takes more than just the scientific method or multiple types of experimentation. I felt that this experience in many ways models medicine, whereby treatment of a patient requires discernment on behalf of a physician, considering both their medical (scientific) condition, and their overall well-being. It leads me to believe that medicine, just like my studies in neuroscience, requires an interdisciplinary approach and obligation to view the subject of concern from all perspectives.”—Dale Shidemantle (’08)