Looking for degree type structure for learning neuroscience.

Matt Jones jonesmat at ohsu.edu
Thu Jul 23 12:13:18 EST 1998


In article <35B66A7A.40C7C29E at otsi.com> John McCormack, jpmccor at otsi.com
writes:
>Is there such a thing as a degree course in neuroscience or similar from
>which I can get a course description, and a list of books, etc. that I
>should study for each class/year of the course ?.
>

I'm not exactly sure what you mean by a "degree course", but here are
some ideas:

Neuroscience is a humongous field. It's possible to get a degree in
"neuroscience" under almost any bio discipline, such as biochemistry,
electrophysiology, anatomy, molecular biology, computer science,
psychology, well, you get the picture. So if I were you, I would first
start out with an internet search on just "neuroscience", or maybe try
browsing the web pages of local universities for "neuroscience",
"neurophysiology", "neurochemistry", "pharmacology". Just spend some time
looking these sites over, read about the research of various faculty and
so forth. This will let you get an idea of what aspects of neuroscience
you find most interesting (believe me, even card-carrying
"neuroscientists" don't find all of it or even most of it interesting, so
you should try to focus in on an area that really excites you). This will
also give you an idea of what courses are offered, and often you will
find syllabi or even full lecture notes posted on these web sites. Then,
you can always find textbooks or review papers in that particular area
later.

If you really want a very broad review of the whole field, try a textbook
like "Principles of Neural Science", edited by Kandel, Jessel and
Schwartz.

Above all, have fun.

Matt Jones
The Vollum Institute
Portland, OR



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