Faculty

Tammy J. Jechura, associate professor of psychological science.
B.S., 1994, Bowling Green State University; M.A., 1999, Ph.D., 2002, University of Michigan.

Barbara J. Keyes, professor of psychological science.
B.A., 1970, College of Wooster; M.A., 1973, Ph.D., 1976, Bowling Green State University.

Ruth E. Schmitter, professor of biology.
B.S., 1964, Michigan State University; M.Sc., 1966, University of Edinburgh; Ph.D., 1973, Harvard University.

W. Jeffrey Wilson, professor of psychological science.
B.A., 1977, Haverford College; M.A., 1978, Ph.D., 1983, University of California, Los Angeles.

Introduction

The neuroscience concentration, which is selected in addition to an academic major, was designed for students who are interested in the neural underpinnings of behavior and cognition. The concentration begins with core courses providing a multi-disciplinary, multi-divisional introduction to the study of the mind/brain that spans all levels of current neuroscientific research. Advanced course work allows students to pursue lines of inquiry they find especially attractive in the core courses, and in a major research project or internship they pursue a theoretical or practical test of their developing skills. This approach to neuroscience provides Albion students with the knowledge, insight and research skills necessary for success in graduate study or careers in the life sciences.

Admission—The neuroscience concentration is open to all students, regardless of academic major. However, because many of the courses have prerequisites, students who elect the neuroscience concentration are typically majors in biology, chemistry or psychology. Students must apply for admission to the concentration and are advised to do so during their sophomore year. For more information and an application form, contact one of the faculty members who direct the concentration.

Concentration

The following are required for the neuroscience concentration:

  • Core: Neuroscience 241, 242, Chemistry 121.
  • Four courses from an approved list in biology, philosophy and psychology, selected from at least two different departments. See detailed list.
  • A major research project or internship.

Neuroscience Courses

241 Neuroscience I: Brain Structure and Function (1)
Prerequisite: Psychology 101 or permission of instructor.
An introduction to brain structure and function. Emphasis on the way the nervous system is organized to process information, construct representation of the world and generate adaptive behavior. Lecture, discussion, dissection. Same as Psychology 241. Jechura, Keyes, Schmitter, Wilson.

242 Neuroscience II: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (1)
Prerequisites: Neuroscience 241 and Biology 195, or permission of instructor.
An introduction to neuroscience with emphasis at the cellular and molecular levels. Covers structure and function of neurons and glial cells, electrical and chemical synapses, neurotransmitters, aspects of vision, axon guidance and outgrowth, energy metabolism in the brain, and the hormones and brain regions that affect eating activity and behavior. Schmitter.

391, 392 Internship (1/2, 1)
Offered on a credit/no credit basis. Staff.

401, 402 Seminar (1/2, 1)
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.
Staff.

411, 412 Directed Study (1/2, 1)
Staff.