Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field that employs methods and theories from biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, psychology, philosophy, and other fields to understand the brain, behavior, and the mind. The study of neuroscience can prepare students for graduate studies or professional work in areas such as pharmacology, nursing, medicine, physical therapy, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral genetics, animal behavior, computer science, rehabilitation psychology, and clinical psychology.
Dr. Huda Akil, past President of the Society for Neuroscience, has stated that ”being educated about your brain, and how it works, and how it affects how you think and feel and function and interact with others, is very helpful…. It is a nonjudgmental way of helping people understand more about themselves…. This is a great time for neuroscience.”
The interdisciplinary Neuroscience Minor, implemented in Fall 2004, is designed to be compatible with any Bachelors degree major within the College of Letters and Science. It requires a minimum of 21 credits, drawing from Biology, Computer Science, Philosophy, and Psychology course offerings. Courses taken MAY double-count for the chosen major and the Neuroscience minor. A minimum GPA of 2.00 must be earned in all courses required for the minor.
SPRING 2014: Dr. Aaron Karst will offer a Special Topics in Psychology course (PSY 490), on the "Neuropsychology of Autism", his research area. This course WILL count as Neuro Minor elective credits. Contact Dr. Karst about enrolling (firstname.lastname@example.org). Course description:
Neuroscientists on our Faculty:
- Aaron Karst PhD, Psychology (autism). http://www.uwosh.edu/psychology/faculty-and-staff
- Dana Merriman PhD, Biology (neurodegenerative disease)(Adviser for the Neuro Minor). http://www.uwosh.edu/facstaff/merriman/VaughanHome
- Leigh Ann Mrotek PhD, Kinesiology (hand-eye coordination). http://www.uwosh.edu/kinesiology/department-members/Mrotek
Other Faculty with Neuroscience-related programs:
- James Koch PhD, Psychology (behavioral neurology). http://www.uwosh.edu/psychology/faculty-and-staff/james-koch-ph.d
- Misty McPhee PhD, Biology & Environmental Studies (animal behavior). http://www.uwosh.edu/facstaff/mcpheem
NEURO MINOR FACULTY ADVISER: Dana Merriman of the Biology Department. merrimad (at) uwosh (dot) edu. Halsey 249. See appointment signup sheet on her office door.