• The Major

    NEUROSCIENCE: CIRCUITS AND BEHAVIOR What is a CIS Major? The center for integrative studies at St. Olaf College provides students the opportunity to create a CIS individual major. You may apply for such a major through a multi-step proposal process. The major itself is composed of several parts: 1) An cohesive, interdisciplinary topic that engages …

  • Selected Coursework

    Courses in my major include… Biology Biology 233: Genetics and Lab (1 credit) This course introduces the mechanisms and structure of Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) and its functional partner, Ribonucleic Acid (RNA). Transcription (DNA to RNA) and Translation (RNA to Protein) mechanisms underlie the function of all cells, and can be readily applied to neurons, the …

  • Senior Project

    Senior Project Optogenetic Examination of Associative Learning in Drosophila One aspect of a CIS major is developing and executing a comprehensive senior project, utilizing the knowledge from previous experiences and exploring and expanding into a specific aspect of the major. My project has evolved out of my prior work in Dr. Shelly Dickinson’s lab, a …

  • Annotated Bibliography

    Readings Throughout my four years at St. Olaf I have ran across many interesting articles, books, etc. I have had to compile many bibliographies, for projects, papers, and applications. Here is the “best of” list, divided by source: In “The Neuron”, an interim class that is formally called ‘The Neuroscience Seminar”, I wrote a paper …