Roger Albertson, Biology, Ph.D. University of Oregon.
Tammy J. Jechura, Psychological Science, Ph.D., University of Michigan.
Barbara J. Keyes, Psychological Science, Ph.D., Bowling Green State University.
Dan Mittag, Biology, Ph.D., University of Rochester.
Ken Saville, Biology, Ph.D., Syracuse University.
Mareike Wieth, Psychological Science, Ph.D. Michigan State University.
W. Jeffrey Wilson, Psychological Science, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles.
The neuroscience concentration, which is selected in addition to an academic major, was designed for students who are interested in the neural underpinnings of behavior and cognition. The concentration begins with core courses providing a multi-disciplinary, multi-divisional introduction to the study of the mind/brain that spans all levels of current neuroscientific research. Advanced course work allows students to pursue lines of inquiry they find especially attractive in the core courses, and in a major research project or internship they pursue a theoretical or practical test of their developing skills. This approach to neuroscience provides Albion students with the knowledge, insight and research skills necessary for success in graduate study or careers in the life sciences.
Admission—The neuroscience concentration is open to all students, regardless of academic major. However, because many of the courses have prerequisites, students who elect the neuroscience concentration are typically majors in biology, chemistry or psychology. Students must apply for admission to the concentration and are advised to do so during their sophomore year. For more information and an application form, contact one of the faculty members who direct the concentration.
Student Learning Outcomes
1. Students will be able to understand the function of individual neurons and of communication between neurons
2. Student will be able to understand the way in which the nervous system underlies behavior and mental activity
3. Student will be able to understand the many levels at which the nervous system can be studied, including molecular, cellular, systems, behavioral and cognitive neuroscience levels
4. Student will be able to understand the logic and methodology of experiments examining the role of the nervous system in behavior
5. Student will be able to understand the link between neural abnormalities and psychopathology