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Joint Concentration

Neuroscience, a rapidly growing field here at New College, is a secondary area of study where you’ll learn how the nervous system communicates signals, produces behavior, and underpins complex perceptual and cognitive processes from the cellular to systems level.

About the Neuroscience Area of Concentration

Through the Neuroscience curriculum, you will discuss and critically assess cutting edge science, learn a wide set of technical skills in the laboratory, and design experiments to test ideas about the brain. Some of the course offerings include “Advanced Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience,” “Sex, Gender, Mind, and Brain,” “Neuroscience of Sport and Exercise,” and “Neuroethology”. You will get hands-on experience and develop career-ready skills with labs in Neurobiology, Comparative Brain Connectivity, and functional Neuroimaging.

The neuroscience faculty are an interdisciplinary group of scientists and scholars who study a variety of topics across different model systems – e.g., how the brains and vocal organs of frogs solve the complex task of courtship, the impact of environmental toxins on sea lion brain networks, and endocrine correlates of human social behavior. Neuroscience students have unique opportunities to work collaboratively with faculty in their labs to be a part of the ongoing science. In the process, students develop skills and experiences necessary to pursue graduate research and other careers, including the opportunity to present the results of their research at conferences and through scientific publications. Our students have had numerous internships and prestigious summer research opportunities at laboratories and research stations far and wide.

Recent courses

  • Advanced Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Endocrinology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Broken Brains, Broken Souls: Patient Experiences in Neurology and Psychiatry Since 1800
  • fnIRS Neuroimaging
  • Introduction to Neuroscience
  • Introductory Psychology Seminar: The Embodied Mind
  • Laboratory in Comparative Brain Connectivity
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuroscience of Sport and Exercise
  • Race, Gender and Sexuality
  • Sex, Gender, Mind and Brain

Career Pathways

  • Research
  • Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Law
  • Education
  • Scientific Journalism and Media

Contact Us

Dr. Elizabeth C. Leininger

Associate Professor of Biology
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Heiser Natural Sciences Complex E252
Heiser Natural Sciences Complex E172C

Neuroscience Faculty