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Pathway Program in Neuroscience

Participants will explore the development and functional neuroanatomy of the adult vertebrate nervous system. This understanding will be solidified by dissections of sheep and human brains. Participants will also consider neuroanatomical adaptations specific to particular animals, which will be examined in the context of critical environmental and ecological factors. Trips to related sites, such as the Field Museum of Natural History and the Shedd Aquarium, will provide opportunities to place the material into a living, breathing context. Undergraduates in the University of Chicago’s Neuroscience Major, directed by Dr. Mason, will give presentations on their own research, providing a glimpse into what the future might hold for the field and for those interested in entering it.

Course Code

PWAY 10410




High School Students



Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Primary Instructor

Peggy Mason


Session II

Orientation Date(s)

Start Date

End Date


  • Eligibility: current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, 14 years and older (unless clearly stated otherwise)
  • Admissions: the Priority application deadline is February 2. Students who apply by the Priority application deadline will have their $50 application fee waived. Any applications received after the Priority deadline will be admitted using rolling admission and will require a $50 application fee.
  • For all courses still open, international students must submit all application materials before April 2.
  • For domestic students, rolling admissions will typically close by early May; this may be earlier for specific programs that fill.

Additional Details

  • This course is open to high school students only.
  • Enrollment is limited to 40.

Cost & Aid

Total Cost (includes Tuition, Housing and Dining, and Fees): $5,700.

Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for high school students can be found here.
Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for undergraduates can be found here.