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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



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.