With our strong and collaborative interdisciplinary faculty, innovative learning environments, and research opportunities, neuroscience at Chatham is a fascinating and inspiring field of study, grounded by foundations in all branches of science, united by a sense of wonder and mystery.
—ETHAN BLOCK, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Explore the Neuroscience Degree:
The neuroscience major will prepare students for careers and degree programs in neuroscience, neuropsychology, genetic counseling, experimental psychology, neuropharmacology, medicine, physician assistant, and pharmacy.
- Students benefit from an interdisciplinary curriculum that builds on Chatham’s strengths in the natural and behavioral sciences.
- Students can access Pittsburgh’s cutting edge academic and medical communities through faculty connections and collaborations.
- Curriculum is adaptable and flexible to accommodate requirements for graduate or professional programs in biology, psychology, medicine, counseling, and more.
BIO209 Basic Neuroscience
This course is designed for wide appeal. It is an introduction to structure and function of the brain and spinal cord, and how nerves function and communicate. The basics of movement, sensation, language, emotion, and consciousness are discussed. Emphasis is placed on contrasting normal function with altered function in diseases.
BIO423 Neurobiology of Mental Health
The course explores advanced topics in neurodevelopment, neurotransmission, neuroplasticity, and cognition through the lens of mental health, using neurological diseases such as depression and schizophrenia, as examples of pathophysiological processes underlying mental illness. Neurobiological mechanisms, clinical presentation, and therapeutic interventions will be discussed, with emphasis on neuropharmacology and mental health.
The course explores advanced topics in neurotransmission, plasticity, motor control, emotion, and cognition through the lens of neuropathologies, such as stroke, seizure, TBI, multiple sclerosis, and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Neurobiological mechanisms of disease cause and progression, clinical presentation of symptoms, and therapeutic approaches, including pharmacology, will be discussed.
If one word could best sum up Chatham's faculty, it would be engaged. Professors bring experiences to relate the course lessons to real-world situations.
The Science Complex
The Science Complex is Chatham’s 10,000 square-foot laboratory building, which features laboratories, classrooms, and specialized research spaces. A range of equipment is available for student use during courses and faculty-led projects, including tissue culture facilities, fluorescence microscope, multi-modal plate-reader, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, and computational modeling systems.
In addition to giving students curricular laboratory experience and opportunities to perform faculty-guided independent research, Chatham offers funding to provide neuroscience students with money to travel to professional conferences and support their summer research.
Human Cadaver Lab
Chatham has a state-of-the-art cadaver lab that provides hands-on-training, education, and preparation in the study of anatomy, disease sites, dissection, and surgical techniques. A number of cadaver lab visits are available for interested students.
Pre-Med Advising Program
Chatham has a robust pre-med advising program to support and mentor students interested in applying to medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy and optometry programs.Pre-Med Advising Program : Checkerboard 4 - Pre-Med Advising Program
By engaging in guided research projects, students have opportunities to learn cutting edge theoretical and practical skills, while exploring interests in human physiology, evolution, microbiology, environmental chemistry, computational modeling, and more.Explore Research Opportunities : Checkerboard 5 - Research Opportunities
Integrated Degree Program
Qualified students from the biology program can be admitted early to Chatham's Master of Arts in Biomedical Studies program, saving money and speeding time towards graduation with two degrees.