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Thinking about the Brain

by Alumni Posts on January 27, 2013

in Academics

It’s really exciting to be an upperclassman. Yes, it means that the classes are harder and that the homework takes longer, but, at the same time, it allows you to delve deeper into the topics that you love. Another perk- you have the opportunity to take independent study courses.

This semester, I’m enthralled to be taking an independent study course in neuroscience with one of my favorite professors, Dr. Smith. In this course, I will learn about all aspects of the human brain, ranging from its embryonic development to its evolutionary relatedness to brains of other species to its anatomical structures. In addition, I’ll have the opportunity to work with a human brain in lab and learn about clinical neurology through readings from one of my textbooks and articles from various scientific magazines and journals like ‘Science’ and ‘Scientific American.’

This class won’t necessarily be easy; however, I think it will definitely help me out since I’d like to eventually do research relating the human immune and nervous systems. So if you decide to major in biology, I definitely recommend that you try taking an independent study course in some subject area that especially interests you.

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