Department Chair:
Tracie Paine

Administrative Assistant:
Kristi Gibson

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8768
Fax: (440) 775-5397

Science Center A261
119 Woodland St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: M, T, W 9:00am-1:45pm, R 9:00am-1:30pm


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Department Overview

Few subjects integrate the sciences as well as neuroscience, which incorporates the study of biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, physiology, mathematics, cognitive science, computer science, and medicine. Together, these fields lead to a better understanding of how the brain works and how it makes behavior and consciousness possible. Our interdisciplinary science focus makes for a distinct academic experience for an Oberlin neuroscience major.


Curriculum Overview

Students who choose to study neuroscience become part of one of the fastest growing areas in science. They explore brain function using multiple approaches and address current ideas regarding thought, emotions, behavior, and neuropathology. With training in the basic sciences of biology, chemistry, and psychology, the Oberlin student is poised for advanced study in neuroscience including behavioral genetics, animal behavior, pharmacology, developmental neurobiology, and more. Students consult closely with their advisors to determine the most appropriate set of courses consistent with their interests and goals.

Oberlin neuroscience graduates often continue their education, attending some of the finest graduate schools in the country. A background in neuroscience can lead to a variety of challenging and exciting professional careers such as biomedicine, law, education, public health, and scientific writing.


Departmental Goals for Neuroscience Majors

The core competencies that student neuroscience majors should acquire are:

  • basic knowledge of neuroscience,
  • depth of knowledge in neuroscience,
  • some basic and advanced laboratory techniques,
  • scientific critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills, and
  • scientific writing and oral communication skills.

Departmental Goals for Nonmajors

The neuroscience department’s overall goal for nonmajors is to provide opportunities for interested non-science students to take neuroscience courses that increase their understanding of science and scientific reasoning. As a group, our nonmajor courses attempt to teach you to make use of data and to think systematically and scientifically about the conclusions drawn from such data.

Additionally, we provide a broad foundation for your understanding of the brain and neuroscience. We expose students to controversial topics in neuroscience to improve their ability to think critically about the brain. We provide a broad foundation so that students are able to critically evaluate media claims about the mind and brain, and make better decisions regarding their mental and neurological health. Through our nonmajors courses, we seek to demonstrate the importance of neuroscience in our understanding of human behavior and cognition and to inspire students to continue to learn about the brain.


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Student Profiles
profile photo 1 Anna Aronowitz '14 Receives Fulbright Grant Anna Aronowitz ’14 is a neuroscience major with an English minor. She has been awarded a 10-month Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Indonesia. More…
profile photo 2 Just Curious Vera Rudi ’17 Follows Her Passions to the Stage and the Lab A native of Norway, she chose Oberlin to study music. She chose a double degree to make the most of her experience. More…
profile photo 3 Biomedical Research Oberlin Students Take Home Honors Last fall, five Oberlin students attended and received awards at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Nashville, Tennessee. More…
profile photo 4 Veronica Burnham ’14 Publication Celebrates Science In the summer before my entrance into Oberlin, I worked full time in a chemistry lab that had a lot of down time. I would be given a few reactions to complete, would get all the materials and equipment together, More…
profile photo 5 Matt Dibiase '17 A Feel for Therapy To some, the fields of neuroscience and jazz vibraphone might seem entirely unrelated. But Matthew DiBiase, a second-year double degree student majoring in both, is fascinated by the ways in which they overlap. More…
profile photo 6 Weelic Chong '15 Chong wins the 2015 Sigma Xi undergraduate division award In his four-minute video, Chong delivers a mini science lesson that is relatable to the masses. More…