Your Neuro Undergraduate Departmental Representatives (UDRs) at Brandeis University proudly present this website for your Neuroscience needs! It has a plethora of info about everything, from course planning to finding a lab. 

Fall 2018 Semester Events

DeisScience UDR Dinner 
Friday, Aug. 28th 5:30–6:30
Sherman Dining Hall

Meet the Majors!
Tuesday, Sept. 4th 4:30–5:30
Shapiro Science Center Atrium 

Course Advising Session
TBD

Learn More About Scientific Research: Coffeehouse with BeWiSE & WiSI 
TBD in Nov 
Shaprio Science Center Atrium 

Your Neuroscience UDRs 2018-2019 

Lily He
Office Hours: TBA
Volen Lobby

Dustine Reich
Office Hours: Sept 14th 1-2 & Dec 7th 1-2
Shapiro Science Center Atrium

Office Hours: TBA


Your Undergraduate Advising Head 2018-2019

Paul Miller

Your Undergraduate Administrator 2018-2019

Laura Woolf 




Neuroscience Major 

Degrees Offered
Two different degrees are offered. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience provides students with a general background in Neuroscience and provides flexibility with fewer requirements. The Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience is an intensive option that provides students with a strong background in several areas of neuroscience and is recommended for students pursuing a career in research. 

The Neuroscience Curriculum
All neuroscience majors will demonstrate knowledge of the basic electrical, anatomical and dynamic properties of neurons and the way they function in networks.

Major topics include:

  • the structure and function of ion channels
  • the way in which channels produce neural activity
  • the properties of neurotransmitter systems and their pharmacology
  • the properties and anatomical location of brain circuits responsible for particular functions
  • the properties of synapses and the mechanisms of synaptic plasticity that underlie learning
  • the developmental principles that lead to the formation of brain networks
  • the basis of neural codes by which neurons communicate
  • the causes and mechanisms of various neurological disorders
  • the basic properties of memory, perception and motor control

Skills:

Students who major in neuroscience will have the opportunity to acquire skills in:

1. Experimental laboratory work. Examples of general skills include pipetting and gel electrophoresis. More specific skills may be acquired by working in a research laboratory. These skills include brain dissection, tissue culture of neurons, techniques in optical and electron microscopy, and techniques in electrophysiology.
2. Quantitative methods. The ability to select and carry out appropriate statistical tests is necessary for any scientific research. Students interested in pursuing a research career should be able to use the scientific programming language, Matlab, to analyze data.
3. Critical thinking. The ability to form a hypothesis and then devise experiments to test that hypothesis is an important aspect of the scientific method. Students will also learn how to search, select from and evaluate scientific literature.
4. Presentation of ideas. Students will learn how to produce convincing written/oral arguments.



Your Neuroscience Faculty (Fall 2017-Spring 2018) (TO BE UPDATED)