Bi-College Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program

Department Website:
https://www.haverford.edu/neuroscience

The desire to understand human and animal behavior in terms of nervous system structure and function is longstanding. Historically, researchers and scholars have approached this task from a variety of disciplines, including medicine, biology, psychology, philosophy, and physiology. The field of neuroscience emerged as an interdisciplinary approach, combining techniques and perspectives from these disciplines, as well as emerging fields such as computation and cognitive science, to yield new insights into the workings of the nervous system and behavior.

The Major and Minor in Neuroscience advance two overlapping but distinct sets of learning goals, which are explained in turn below.

Learning Goals

Neuroscience Major

The major in Neuroscience allows students to pursue an in-depth study of the nervous system and behavior across disciplines. Students should consult with the Neuroscience Director or any member of the faculty advisory committee in order to declare the major.

The goals of the major include enabling students to gain:

  • Training in cognate disciplines that are fundamental to the study of neuroscience
  • An in-depth understanding of the organization of the nervous system and its relation to categories of behavior such as motor control, sensation and perception, motivational states, and higher cognition.
  • fluency with the many levels at which the nervous system can be studied, including molecular, cellular, systems, behavioral and cognitive neuroscience levels.
  • an ability to closely examine and critically evaluate primary research on specialized, advanced neuroscience topics.
  • an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience and the allied disciplines that inform the study of mind, brain, and behavior.
  • Experience with neuroscience laboratory skills and the design and analysis of neuroscience experiments.

Neuroscience Minor

The minor in Neuroscience allows students with any major to pursue interests in behavior and the nervous system across disciplines. Students should consult with the Neuroscience Director or any member of the faculty advisory committee in order to declare the minor.

The goals of the minor include enabling students to gain:

  • a basic understanding of the organization of the nervous system and its relation to categories of behavior such as motor control, sensation and perception, motivational states, and higher cognition.
  • an appreciation of and fluency with the many levels at which the nervous system can be studied, including molecular, cellular, systems, behavioral and cognitive neuroscience levels.
  • an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience and the allied disciplines that inform the study of mind, brain, and behavior.
  • an ability to closely examine and critically evaluate primary research on specialized, advanced neuroscience topics.

Haverford’s Institutional Learning Goals are available on the President’s website, at http://hav.to/learninggoals.

Major Requirements

  • Introduction to Neuroscience (1 credit)
    • NEUR H100
  • Foundational Science Courses (4 credits)
    • 1 semester of General Chemistry (CHEM H111, CHEM H113, CHEM H115, CHEM B103)
    • 1 semester of Introductory Biology (BIOL H200A, BIOL H201B with instructor approval, BIOL B110 or BIOL B111)
    • 1 semester of Introductory Psychology (PSYC H100 or PSYC B105)
    • 1 semester of Statistics (PSYC H200, PSYC B205; MATH H103 or MATH H203, MATH B104, or ECON H203
  • Upper-level Neuroscience Courses with Breadth Requirement (4 credits)
    • Students must take 4 credits of upper-level neuroscience courses
    • Upper-level Neuroscience courses are divided into three categories: Cellular/Molecular, Behavioral/Systems, and Cognitive. Students must take courses from at least two of the three categories to fulfil the breadth requirement.
    • A list of approved courses and their categories is linked from the Neuroscience website.
  • Laboratory Coursework in Neuroscience (1 credit)
    • In order to gain hands-on experience with some of the tools, methods, and paradigms of Neuroscience, majors are required to take 1 credit of neuroscience laboratory coursework. This can be accomplished in several ways (e.g., 2 half-credit psych labs, 1 full-credit psych lab, 1 full-credit neuroscience SuperLab).
    • A list of approved laboratory courses is linked from the Neuroscience website.
  • Thesis or Capstone in Neuroscience (1 credit)
    • To culminate their experience as a Neuroscience major, students are required to complete one course of thesis or capstone work. This may take the form of a 2-semester laboratory thesis project or a 1-semester capstone course.

Minor Requirements

  • One approved “gateway” course:
    • HC NEUR H100 (Introduction to Neuroscience),
    • HC PSYC H217 (Behavioral Neuroscience) or BMC PSYC B218 (Behavioral Neuroscience)
    • BIOL B202 (Introduction to Neuroscience).
  • Five credits from the list of approved courses, with these constraints:
    • ​​The five credits must sample from three different disciplines.
    • At least three of the five credits must come from List A: Primary Neuroscience courses
    • At least one of the credits must be at the 300-level or higher.
    • One of the five credits may come from supervised senior research in neuroscience.
    • No more than two of the six minor credits may come from institutions outside of the Bi-Co.

A current list of approved courses, divided into List A: Primary Neuroscience and List B: Allied Disciplines, is linked from the Neuroscience Minor website.


Faculty

At Haverford

Assistant Professor of Psychology; Coordinator of Neuroscience
KINSC S408
lbeen [at] haverford.edu
Professor and Chair of Psychology
KINSC S428
rcompton [at] haverford.edu
Professor of Biology

I will be on partial sabbatical leave in 2020/2021

Sharpless S208
rfairman [at] haverford.edu
Assistant Professor of Biology
Sharpless S108
rjain1 [at] haverford.edu
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
458 DPL 203
mkelly [at] haverford.edu
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology and Post-Doctoral Fellow
370 Lancaster Ave
probinsond [at] haverford.edu

At Bryn Mawr

  • Dustin Albert
    Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Peter Brodfuehrer
    Professor of Biology
  • Laura Grafe
    Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Karen Greif
    Professor of Biology
  • Anjali Thapar
    Professor of Psychology
  • Earl Thomas
    Professor of Psychology

Courses

Spring 2021: Bryn Mawr

Registration-IDCourse NameInstructorMiscDays and TimesLocation
PSYCB315001Stress NeurosciencePearson-Leary,Jiah
Thapar,Anjali
Class Nbr: 1402 NOAPPR;Th 09:40am-12:30pm
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PSYCB395001PsychopharmacologyGargiulo,AndrewClass Nbr: 1562 SOMTh 01:10pm-02:30pm

Spring 2021: Haverford

Registration-IDCourse NameInstructorMiscDays and TimesLocation
BIOLH217B001Behavioral NeuroscienceBeen,Laura E.Class Nbr: 2029 Lim: 30 ; Hav: NA, C, BMWF 01:40pm-02:30pm
BIOLH312H001Development & EvolutionHoang,RachelClass Nbr: 1919 Hav: NA, CTF 08:10am-09:30am
BIOLH319H001Molecular NeurobiologyJain,RoshanClass Nbr: 2807 Hav: NA, CMTh 11:10am-12:30pm
BIOLH403I001Senior Research Tutorial in Protein Folding and DesignFairman,RobertClass Nbr: 1963 Hav: NA, C
BIOLH409B001Senior Research Tutorial in Molecular Neurobiology - 2 creditsJain,RoshanClass Nbr: 2856 Hav: NA
BIOLH409B001Senior Research Tutorial in Molecular NeurobiologyJain,RoshanClass Nbr: 1970 Hav: NA, C
BIOLH409I001Senior Research Tutorial in Molecular NeurobiologyJain,RoshanClass Nbr: 1987 Hav: NA, C
LINGH114B001Introduction to SemanticsPayne,AmandaClass Nbr: 1624 Lim: 25 ; Hav: HU, QUS, BMTh 04:10pm-05:30pm
NEURH100B001Introduction to NeuroscienceRobinson-Drummer,PatreseClass Nbr: 2674 Lim: 35 ; Hav: NA, CTF 09:40am-11:00am
PSYCH217B001Behavioral NeuroscienceBeen,Laura E.Class Nbr: 1680 Lim: 30 ; Hav: NA, C, BMWF 01:40pm-02:30pm
PSYCH307B001Exploring the Neural Basis of Learning and MemoryRobinson-Drummer,PatreseClass Nbr: 2404 Lim: 12 ; Hav: NATF 01:10pm-02:30pm
PSYCH318B001Neurobiology of DiseaseKelly,Mary EllenClass Nbr: 2405 Lim: 12 ; Hav: NA, CMTh 07:10pm-08:30pm
PSYCH329B001Neuroscience and SocietyGerstein,HilaryClass Nbr: 3012 Lim: 12 ; Hav: SO, C, BTF 11:10am-12:30pm
PSYCH334B001Neurobiology of AgingKelly,Mary EllenClass Nbr: 2765 Lim: 12 ; Hav: NA, CMWF 11:10am-12:00pm
PSYCH394B001Senior Research Tutorial in Behavioral NeuroscienceBeen,Laura E.Class Nbr: 1569 Hav: NA
PSYCH394B002Senior Research Tutorial in Behavioral NeuroscienceKelly,Mary EllenClass Nbr: 2407 Hav: NA
PSYCH395B001Senior Research Tutorial in Cognitive NeuroscienceCompton,RebeccaClass Nbr: 1678 Hav: SO