Our interdisciplinary science focus makes for a unique academic experience for students interested in studying neuroscience. We easily integrate this program with other sciences—chemistry, biology, physics, and more—to help students understand brain function, behavior, and consciousness.

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Faculty

Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines through writing and research. They are committed to undergraduate education and teach everything from first-year seminars to advanced courses.

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Department Overview

Few subjects integrate the sciences as well as neuroscience, which incorporates the study of biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, physiology, mathematics, cognitive science, and medicine. Together, these fields lead to a better understanding of how the brain works and how it makes behavior and consciousness possible. Our interdisciplinary science focus makes for a distinct academic experience for an Oberlin neuroscience major.

The neuroscience major is designed for students interested in the cellular, chemical, and structural organization of the brain and the relationship between the brain’s operation and perception, thought, emotion, and behavior. Opportunities are available for students to use multiple approaches at many levels of analysis including molecular, cellular, systems, and behavioral levels.

Neuroscience News

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Oberlin in Photos: The Art of Science

April 7, 2020
Since its re-emergence in 2015, Oberlin’s student-run, general interest science publication— the Synapse has intrigued readers with subject matter such as the first human head transplant to how algorithms can create realistic faces from scratch. And leading those articles are impactful illustrations that become stories all their own. In this photo series, we look at this publication’s art of science.

Neuroscience Facilities

Confocal Microscope

Confocal Microscope

Housed in a specially designed room of the Science Center, Oberlin’s confocal microscope provides remarkable cellular detail and resolution.

Electrophysiology Suite

This lab enables neuroscience students and faculty to work with nerve cells.
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Science Center

The Science Center houses the departments of biology, chemistry, neuroscience, physics, and the science library.
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Science Library

Part of the Science Center complex, the college opened a spacious library with materials devoted to astronomy, biochemistry, biology, botany, chemistry, geology, neuroscience, physics, and zoology.