Minor Track in Computational Neuroscience

Computational neuroscience is a new and ambitious research discipline for scientists studying the brain. The field reflects a deep conviction among scientists worldwide who hold that (i) the mystery of the brain is beyond the scope of any one research field; (ii) to comprehend the mysteries of the brain we need to develop a new theoretical framework that will enable us to link the multiple levels of brain function,  from molecules and networks to systems and behavior; and (iii) to understand the multifaceted nature of the functioning brain we need close collaboration across experimental fields – biology, medicine and cognitive psychology – in addition to theoretical concepts and tools derived from physics, mathematics and computer science.

ELSC’s minor track in computational neuroscience is intended only for those excellent undergraduate students studying physics or computer science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and who wish to learn about how such research is being applied to brain sciences.

The minor track consists of 32 credit points and must be completed over three years. Mandatory courses cover neurobiology, cognition and computational neuroscience. Students can select from a number of  courses related to brain research for the remaining, elective credit points. 

Minor track student, who will be accepted to the PhD program, will receive academic credit for the mandatory courses he/she already took, and will need to attain only 42 credit points

For information about the minor track’s course list and syllabus, please visit the Hebrew University’s course listing website (Shnaton).  To register, please telephone 02-6584899 or email study@elsc.huji.ac.il.

Year Semester Course Credits
Required Courses:
B 1. 76997 – Introduction to Brain Sciences 3
2nd Required Courses:
1. 76999 – Critical Reading of Neuroscience Papers 2
2. 76989 – Introduction to Cognition (can be replaced with 06115, 51539) 2
Required Elective Courses:
A 3. 76909 – Neural Learning
(recommended for students with background in Computer Sciences )
B 4. 76908 – Dynamics of Computation in the Brain
(recommended for students with background in Physics)
Required Courses:
A 5. 76915 – Information and Coding in the Brain
(can be replaced with 67577)
A+B 6. 76998 – Lab Project in Brain Sciences 4
1st until 3rd Elective Courses
Should sum up to 32 credit point
Total Credits 32

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