by Emily He
USC Dornsife recently created three new natural science majors: Computational Neuroscience, Environmental Science and Health and Human Biology.
Johnathan Kuhn, the Assistant Director of USC Dornsife Office of Admission, said, “These majors will allow students to get an interdisciplinary education while working towards one degree, which both gives them a more well-rounded understanding of the subject and frees up space to fit in a minor or a second major.”
These new science majors were created in response to the increasing student demand.
“Computational Neuroscience delves deeper into mathematics and how those concepts relate to the nervous system and its functions,” said Kuhn.
He added, “Environmental Science and Health looks at the interplay between those two areas, how a development or problem in one can have a direct effect on the other.”
The new Environmental Science and Health major is not to be confused with Environmental Studies, which focuses on the policies regarding issues that affect the environment.
The Human Biology major was created to replace the old Kinesiology major.
Kuhn said, “Human Biology allows students lots of flexibility to study areas such as anatomy, metabolism, and evolution. Those pursuing a BS degree can take classes in physics and math, for example.”
“The BA degree allows students to take anthropology and kinesiology courses in addition to their other science requirements. Because Human Biology encompasses so many areas, it made sense to incorporate the Kinesiology major into it,” he added.
These new additions are intended to provide students with a greater diversity of majors.
Kuhn said, “We will be able to attract students who know they want to attend medical school but would like to study something besides Biological Sciences or Chemistry.”
Dornsife also took into account the changes to the MCAT in 2015 when creating these majors.
“With the new MCAT, pre-med students are going to have more requirements,” said Kuhn.
He added, “Since these majors already include most of the courses that will now be required for pre-med students, they can study unique subjects while completing their requirements.”