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Dr. Virginia Carson

Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences
Schmid College of Science and Technology; Biological Sciences
Office Location: Hashinger Science Center 53
Phone: (714)997-6696
California State University, Los Angeles, Bachelor of Arts
California State University, Los Angeles, Master of Arts
University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D.



BIOL 102     Forensics
BIOL 207     Science of Life: Understanding Living Organisms
BIOL 211     Comparative Physiology
BIOL 407     Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology
BIOL 455     Pharmacology and Physiology of Chemical Dependency

Research Interests

  • Ways to improve undergraduate science education
  • Neurochemical changes caused by alcohol


  • UCLA, Ph.D. Physiology
  • California State University, Los Angeles, M.A. Psychology
  • California State University, Los Angeles, B.A. Mathematics


  • Honorary Member, Graduate Women in Science (National), 2006
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1998
  • Women of Excellence Science/Health, Orange County Council Boy Scouts of America, 1995

Selected Publications

  • Carson, V. & Booth, R. (2005). Using fun and engaging science activities to enable K-8 teachers to teach science standards. SENCER E-Newsletter 4, 11.
  • Carson, V., LaDuca, B., Lee, H., & Tran, T. (1996). Effects of a choline deficient diet on the glutamine synthetase activity in the brains of male and female Swiss-Webster mice. Soc. Neurosci. Abs. 22, 206.