Study at the forefront of an emerging science.
Explore the Brain, from Neurons to Consciousness
STEM in Color
Oberlin’s STRONG program (Science and Technology Research Opportunities for a New Generation) represents the college’s ongoing commitment to increasing the diversity of the STEM workforce.
Mentorship and research are cornerstones of the Neuroscience program. At Oberlin, students work with faculty to achieve new scientific discoveries.
Sara’s work focuses on the use of natural, plant-derived compounds as potential therapeutic agents for neurodegenerative diseases.
This StudiOC course explores public health’s historical contributions to individual and community health outcomes. Students explore the ethics and organization of the global health system, as well as the social, behavioral, environmental, and biological factors that play a role in its function. The course employs inclusive learning practices to understand and address public health challenges in the 21st century.
- Taught by
- Gunnar Kwakye
Our team-taught introductory laboratory course exposes students to a wide variety of research techniques employed by neuroscientists: neuroanatomical procedures for staining and examining brain tissue; physiological procedures for recording the electrical activity of nerve cells; computational modeling approaches; and techniques to explore how the brain controls behavior. A cornerstone of the major, it introduces students to the faculty and methods of the department.
This advanced lecture course explores the neurotransmitter systems that regulate behavior and the contribution of these systems to neurological and neuropsychiatric conditions. Additionally, students examine the effects of both prescribed and recreational drugs on brain function and behavior. An optional lab accompanies the course and introduces students to a variety of techniques used in neuropsychopharmacology research.
- Taught by
- Tracie Paine
This advanced lecture course explores the neural basis of cognition, comprising functions such as perception, decision making, problem solving and language. It extends cognitive psychology to encompass physical examination of brain structure and activity, using methods such as electrophysiology, functional magnetic resonance imaging and computational modeling.
- Taught by
- Patrick Simen
A Lesson in Computational Modeling
Rochelle van der Merwe ’21, a neuroscience major, participated in a special workshop held at the Carney Center for Computational Brain Science geared toward using computational modeling to study neural processes and behavior.
Oberlin College Research Fellow
Charlotte Babarinsa ’20, a double major in psychology and neuroscience, conducted research on sensory attention in Professor Leslie Kwakye's lab as an Oberlin College Research Fellow (OCRF).
From Oberlin to a PhD at Princeton
When Alexander Riordan ’15 arrived in Oberlin, he thought he was going to be a singer. After a formative undergraduate experience in a neuroscience lab he is now studying for a doctorate in neuroscience at Princeton.