Neuroscience Major

Explore the function of the nervous system and how it regulates behavior, and examine some of the fundamental questions of human nature.

Neuroscience is the interdisciplinary study of the nervous system and its relationship to mental processes and behavior. At the heart of the field are biology, psychology and chemistry.

Because many of the emerging approaches to understanding brain function require a firm foundation in several disciplines, you may take courses in several departments, including mathematics, physics, psychology and computer science.

Studying neuroscience in a liberal arts environment allows you to explore a variety of topics such as neuropharmacology, psychopathology, sensory systems, mathematical physiology, neuroimaging, neurogenetics, neuroethology and the social brain.

Professor Nicole Weekes on studying neuroscience in a liberal arts setting
Summer research in Professor Karen Parfitt鈥檚 lab
Summer research in Professor Karen Parfitt鈥檚 lab
In class with Professor Nicole Weekes
In class with Professor Nicole Weekes
Class presentation
Class presentation

What You鈥檒l Study

    • Core courses in biology, chemistry, math and psychological science
    • Cell and molecular neuroscience
    • Systems-level neuroscience
    • Human Neuroscience
    • Additional electives in science and neuroscience 
    • A senior experimental thesis, or project thesis
percent of majors who participate in laboratory research projects

Research at Pomona

Santiago Serrano

Electrophysiology and Alzheimer鈥檚 Disease

Beckman Scholar Santiago Serrano 鈥25 uses the lab in myriad ways, ranging from utilizing transgenic mouse models to examine learning impairments in Alzheimer鈥檚 Disease to employing innovative click chemistry techniques for identifying specific peptide binding sites in the brain.

Hannah Caris 鈥23

Alzheimer鈥檚 and Parkinson鈥檚 Diseases

Hannah Caris 鈥23 did remote summer research with Professor Jonathan King鈥檚 lab where she explored ginsenoside mediation of neuroinflammation and oxidative stress in Alzheimer鈥檚 and Parkinson鈥檚 diseases.

Riya Sivakumar 鈥23

MAT2A Gene

This past semester, for one of a virtual lab report, Riya Sivakumar 鈥23 was part of a group that helped analyze data from the Aging, Dementia, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) study done at the Allen Brain Institute. Specifically, they looked at the gene MAT2A, which is involved in DNA methylation.

Caitlin McIntyre 鈥24
Caitlin McIntyre 鈥24

The neuroscience program at 麻豆影视 offers a comprehensive foundation while also encouraging exploration of one鈥檚 interests, ranging from the cellular mechanisms of neuropharmacology to the broader perspectives on human behavior.

Faculty & Teaching

Research interests range from molecular genetics and physiology to the effect of stress and culture on the human brain. Each faculty member鈥檚 research program is driven by undergraduate research students working both in the summer and during the academic year.

Professor Karl Johnson

Understanding how the brain works is one of greatest and most valued challenges in contemporary science. Since the pronouncement of the 鈥榙ecade of the brain鈥 in the 1990s, research in neuroscience has exploded and shows no signs of slowing down. At Pomona, students interested in participating in this exciting scientific pursuit may do so with the faculty in our Neuroscience Department.