Computational neuroscience is a new and ambitious research discipline, reflecting a deep conviction among scientists worldwide that (i) the brain enigma is clearly beyond the scope of any one research field; (ii) to fathom the mysteries of the brain, we need to develop a new theoretical framework that will enable us to associate the different levels of brain function - from molecules to neurons to networks to systems to behavior; (iii) understanding the multifaceted nature of the functioning brain requires close collaboration across experimental fields - biology, medicine and cognitive psychology - in addition to theoretical concepts and tools derived from physics, computer science and mathematics. For many years, the Hebrew University has been one of the leaders in this field.
The minor track in computational neuroscience is recommended for excellent undergraduate students studying physics or computer sciences, who wish to acquire knowledge and be exposed to research in brain sciences.
The curriculum is composed of a number of mandatory courses in the fields of neurobiology, cognition and computational neuroscience, and elective courses in various fields that are related to brain research with a computational emphasis.
The minor track is composed of 32 points, 22 of which are mandatory and the remainder of which are elective, from a range of related fields: physics, computer science, neuroscience and cognitive sciences.
For current information about ELSC’s minor trackcourse list and syllabus, please visit the Hebrew University site (Shnaton).