Our minor provides a unique opportunity for students from various disciplines to explore the complexities of the human brain and nervous system.

The neuroscience program at Hope College is unique. Interdisciplinary to the core, it is open to students from any major and incorporates courses from biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, nursing, philosophy and psychology.

Our neuroscience minor is designed to promote discovery and inquiry-based learning, which is why research is a core component of the program, including a year-long capstone project. This makes the minor perfect for biology, chemistry or psychology majors interested in pursuing graduate work in neuroscience, and complements many other programs of study, from computer science and the health sciences to the arts.


Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system, the most complex organ system in the body. It's allied closely with many fields of study and, in turn, influences everything from education to medicine to ethics. Our program is made up of a variety of associated departments that work well with the study of neuroscience, creating a great melting pot for interested students.

“Truly the best part of my education at Hope College. The faculty and curriculum involved with the Neuroscience Program are clearly top notch and wonderful people.”
—Program assessment survey

the program

Interdisciplinary questions are at the core of neuroscience. Psychologists, biologists, chemists, physicists, mathematicians, philosophers and others are investigating important and complex questions, such as how language develops, the causes of neurodegenerative diseases and the processes underlying learning. Neuroscience serves as an excellent framework for engaging students in the exciting inquiry that is made possible by asking interdisciplinary questions.

Hope’s Neuroscience Program was established in 2005 as a minor degree program based in an interdisciplinary system with the support of a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

“Striking a perfect mix between traditional classrooms, group discussion of published literature, and hand-on, self-directed research, the neuroscience program truly immerses students in a life of science.”
—Program assessment survey

Our Students

Students paired the neuroscience minor with majors in:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Kinesiology
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Social work

Our introductory course, NSCI 211: Introduction to Neuroscience, does not have any prerequisites and is open to all students. We invite you to get involved and learn how neuroscience relates to your field of study.

Hope by the Numbers

  • 100%Undergraduate Research

    Research is our main focus in the neuroscience program and as part of Hope’s curriculum. Every single neuroscience minor participates in undergraduate research.

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  • 8Departments

    Our faculty come from eight different departments to teach neuroscience courses.

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  • 15Different majors

    Our program is interdisciplinary in nature, reaching students with majors in 15 different departments across campus.

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  • 56%Graduate or professional school

    Our program sends more than half of our students to graduate and professional schools after Hope. Most others pursue a career in a related field.

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