Undergraduate Neuroscience

Meet a Postdoctoral Fellow

Paul A. Lipton

Dr. Lipton is the Associate Director of the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience. He was integrally involved in the development of the major, and has overseen its growth from 30 students at its inception in the fall of 2008, to nearly 300 students today.

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About the Program

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

Our new core courses will introduce and expose students to neuroscience content and methodology beginning in their freshman year, and present an innovative inquiry-driven curriculum that presents neuroscience as an experimental, laboratory-based science.

NE 101 - Introduction to Neuroscience. This lecture course will provide a broad overview of the field for future majors and non- majors alike interested in the relationship between brain and behavior. Topics will include how cells of the brain communicate, real world applications of neuroscience research (e.g. law, advertising, etc), how drugs affect the brain, how different animal models are used to study brain and behavior, philosophical perspectives of mind and brain, cognition (e.g. language, learning and memory, etc.), and how computational models have revealed insights of brain and behavior.

NE 102 -Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience* . This lecture/lab course will focus on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of brain function, architecture, anatomy, and development. In the lab students will learn and apply techniques as they conduct a 12 week-long project.

NE 203 - Principles of Neuroscience*. Students in this lab course will conduct a 12 week learning and memory project where they will carry out all aspects of the experiment, including stereotaxic surgery, behavioral training and testing, and histology.

STUDENT RESEARCH

Up to 25 rising sophomores who successfully complete NE 102 will receive a stipend to participate in a faculty-mentored research experience in a Boston University life-science laboratory during the summer between their freshman and sophomore years. In addition to a stipend, these students will receive several hundred dollars toward research supplies. A subset of these students will have an opportunity to apply for funding to travel to a scientific conference to help present the results of their research together with their research mentors.

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT

Fellows, aspiring college educators who will design and teach the laboratory components under faculty mentorship. innovative research experience for pre-service science teachers (B.Ed. and MAT students) at the BU School of Education: a for-credit research course combining academic-year mentored research with a seminar on the "Nature of Science", to be co-taught by Neuroscience and Science Education faculty. The seminar builds on professional development courses currently offered to in-service teachers and will equip future science teachers and undergraduate and postgraduate scientists interested in teaching with the conceptual tools to model scientific inquiry in their classrooms, drawing on their own research experiences.

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