Neuroscience Program

About the Program

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field well grounded in biology, chemistry and psychology. 

The Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (IPN) offers an undergraduate BS degree and a minor in neuroscience administered by the Department of Psychology in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Program offers a PhD in neuroscience administered by the College of Science.

The neuroscience faculty at Mason consists of a unique blend of traditional experimental and theoretical scientists. They work in many departments across the university, including Psychology, Molecular Neuroscience, Molecular and Microbiology, Electrical Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, and Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.

The research of neuroscience faculty focuses on the broad areas of behavior, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, computational modeling, and informatics. Some of the key research initiatives currently underway at George Mason University include:

  • effects of drugs and alcohol on behavioral and neurological development
  • cellular organization and connections of sensory processing areas in fish
  • biochemical dynamics in disorders of the basal ganglia
  • computational methods for simulation of complex biological systems
  • description and generation of neuronal morphology
  • adaptive control for stabilization of epilepsy
  • role of metals in memory and Alzheimer's disease
  • biochemical/metabolic simulations at the organism level
  • cellular and sub-cellular models of associative learning
  • neurogenetic dissection of dendrite morphogenesis and sensory behavior