Jul 18, 2024  
[PRELIMINARY] Course Catalog 2024-2025 
[PRELIMINARY] Course Catalog 2024-2025


Patrick A. Simen, Associate Professor of Neuroscience; chair

Christopher D. Howard, Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Michelle A. Johnson, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Gunnar F. Kwakye, Robert W. and Eleanor H. Biggs Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Leslie E. Kwakye, Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Monica Olszens, Senior Lecturer of Neuroscience
Tracie A. Paine, Claire Emma McGreggor ‘11 Professor of Neuroscience

Affiliated Faculty/Staff
Albert Borroni, Senior Instructional Technologist

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Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field of study that employs the tools and perspectives of biology, psychology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and medicine to achieve a better understanding of brain structure, brain function, behavior, and the mind. The Department of Neuroscience at Oberlin College provides opportunities for students to use multiple approaches at many levels of analysis including molecular, cellular, systems, and behavioral levels.

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Majors, Minors, and Integrative Concentrations


100-Level Neuroscience Courses

100-level neuroscience courses are intended for students to explore their interest in neuroscience. They are theme-based courses that introduce neuroscience through the lens of a particular topic, such as the neuroscience of addiction, survival, sensation, toxicology, mental health, global health, etc.

200-Level Neuroscience Courses

The 200-level of neuroscience courses consists solely of NSCI 201 - The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience  and NSCI 211 - Neuroscience Laboratory . These courses provide a broad survey of neuroscience.

300-Level Neuroscience Courses

300-level neuroscience courses are for advanced study of specific subfields introduced in NSCI 201 . The majority of 300-level lecture courses are associated with a laboratory that introduces advanced techniques. The lab courses are independent courses that can be taken in other semesters.

400-Level Neuroscience Courses

The 400-level of neuroscience courses consists solely of NSCI 400 - Senior Seminar . This is an in-depth, writing-oriented course serving as a capstone course for neuroscience majors.