Neuroscience is the study of how the central nervous system functions, and how it interacts with other physiological systems in the body. At its core, neuroscience is a synergy of biological and psychological concepts based at the neuronal level. The Neuroscience major at Loras College is designed to give students a broad, interdisciplinary education of the brain and nervous system while using a systems-level approach to train students in a myriad of research and clinically-relevant fields. Students are trained to examine and analyze the relationships between neurobiology and psychology at the cellular, synaptic, network, behavioral, and societal levels. Students leave the program knowledgeable in the inner workings of the central nervous system and with first-hand experience in investigations of brain science.
Neuroscience majors will be offered unique experiences, both inside and outside the classroom. Some of these experiences include current courses that explore neuroanatomy through dissection of sheep brain tissue, the facilitation of research skills through independent projects, interaction with community-based programs in Traumatic Brain Injury and conducting modern analytical techniques in neuroscience through laboratory exercises.
Loras College is also developing a rodent research colony to facilitate student research projects. The rodent research colony is designed to explore investigations of central nervous system functioning and also behavioral observation techniques. In addition to serving as a research resource, the rodent colony is also utilized as an educational resource to expose students to various testing paradigms in the classroom.
Neuroscience is a growing and highly competitive field. Students leaving Loras College with a Neuroscience degree are well suited to join this field and add to society’s growing knowledge of the inner workings of the human body. Thus, a Neuroscience degree from Loras College can open the door to a career in any of a number of scientific or medical professions. Example careers might include: laboratory technicians, scientific educators, specialists at neurological foundations, or research scientists at pharmaceutical companies. Those interested in pursuing specialized training will leave campus well prepared for graduate or medical school in several related disciplines.
Michael R. Jarcho, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
139A St. Joseph Hall of Science
Sara Bagley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
190 Hennessy Hall
UNDERGRADUATE BULLETIN CORE CURRICULUM
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PEOPLE RESEARCH CURRICULUM COURSES
Requests for additional information should be made to:
Department of Neuroscience
1450 Alta Vista Street
Dubuque, IA 52001