Undergraduate Neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon
Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system and its function. The field of neuroscience is highly interdisciplinary and rapidly evolving involving scientists from many different scientific backgrounds and using many different experimental approaches. At Carnegie Mellon, students can explore neuroscience through a variety of courses and research experience. Biological Science majors can focus in neuroscience through the Neuroscience Option , the Neuroscience Track or by completing a B.S. in Biological Sciences and Psychology.
03-362 Cellular Neuroscience
03-363 Systems Neuroscience
03-315 Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Neuroscience
03-761 Neural Plasticty in Sensory and Motor Systems
03-101 Nature & Nurture in Brain Development
03-101 Biological Sciences First Year Seminar: From Photons to Psychophysics
03-204 Information Entrophy and Noise in the Brain
Other Biological Sciences courses that will be of special interest to students studying neuroscience include:
03-534 Biological Imaging and Fluorescence Spectroscopy
03-230 Introduction to Mammalian Physiology
03-350 Developmental Biology
Courses within other departments:
85-219 Biological Foundations of Behavior
15-485 Computational Perception and Scene Analysis
15-385 Computer Vision
15-490 Computational Neuroscience
The field of Neuroscience also includes approaches beyond biology. At Carnegie Mellon, neuroscience faculty also can be found in the Psychology and Computer Science departments. Many of these faculty participate in the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC).
Biological Science majors interested in neuroscience also may consider taking courses at the University of Pittsburgh, which has a very strong undergraduate Neuroscience Department and offers a wide variety of courses. Forms for cross registration can be found at the HUB and also are available in Dr. Braun's office in DH1320. Students might be particularly interested in the courses listed below.
NROSCI 1011, Functional Neuroanatomy, 4 cr.
NROSCI 1012, Neurophysiology, 3 cr.
NROSCI 1017 Synaptic Transmission 3 cr.
Students interested in focused study of particular topics in neuroscience may be interested in contacting a faculty member about setting up an independent study or directed readings course. This usually involves weekly meetings with the faculty member in which papers from the primary literature are discussed. In many cases, this is a valuable experience prior to a student beginning a research project in a laboratory.
Neuroscience Laboratory Research
In addition to taking neuroscience courses, students are encouraged to consider becoming involved in neuroscience research as an undergraduate. This can begin as early as the first year and requires finding a faculty mentor. Details of the process are provided. Faculty doing research in neuroscience can be found either on the Department of Biological Sciences Neuroscience Research Web page or via the CNBC faculty pages.