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Majoring in Neuroscience

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary program. Students majoring in Neuroscience usually declare the major before the beginning of preregistration for the first semester of their junior year by contacting Dr. Porter (Psychology) or the Neuroscience advisor of their choice.

Neuroscience Majors follow the requirements set out in the Undergraduate Catalog for the year in which they declared the major.  Most students declare their majors in spring of their sophomore year.

  • If you declared your major before August, 2011,  please check the Past Requirements.
  • If you declared your major between Sept., 2012 and May, 2013, you had the choice of requirements designated for 2009-2011, or the curriculum designated "Adopted January, 2013" below, or as a pdf
  • If you declared your major after May of 2013, you are subject to the curriculum designated "Adopted January, 2013" below, or as a pdf
Requirements for Major - Adopted January, 2013. 

Requires a minimum of 33 credit hours.  This includes 21 credits of required courses and 12 - 16 credits of electives.  Students should note that standard prerequisite courses for the major contribute an additional 26 credit hours. Alterations in the prescribed curriculum, while not encouraged, may be petitioned to the Committee on Honors and Interdisciplinary Studies. The major writing requirement is satisfied by passing NSCI 300 Writing in the Neurosciences. The major computing requirement is satisfied by passing APSC 351.

CREDITS

 COURSE

4

BIOL 220/221  Introduction to Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution

4

BIOL 225/226  Introduction to Molecules, Cells, Development

3

CHEM 103  General Chemistry I

3

CHEM 206  Organic Chemistry I 

3

PSYC 201  Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science

4

MATH 111 or 131  Calculus I

4

MATH 112 or 132  Calculus II

3

PSYC 301  Elementary Statistics, MATH 106  Elementary Probability and Statistics, or KINE 394  Statistics and Evaluation

Required Courses

CREDITS 

COURSE

3

APSC 351  Cellular Biophysics and Modeling (Pre- or Co-requisite: Calculus II)

3

BIOL 310  Molecular Cell Biology

3

BIOL 345  Neurobiology 

3

CHEM 307 or 209  Organic Chemistry II 

3

CHEM 308  General Chemistry II, 305  Inorganic Chemistry, or 335  

Principles of Inorganic Chemistry

3

PSYC 311 Cognitive Psychology

3

PSYC 313 Physiological Psychology

A major must also complete at least four additional courses. At least one course must be chosen from the Behavioral Neuroscience group and at least one course must be chosen from the Cell/Systems Neuroscience group (see below). One of the remaining two electives may be satisfied with an undergraduate research experience (NSCI 400) for at least 3 credits. Research counting as an elective in the program must be conducted under the supervision of a Neuroscience faculty member.

Behavioral Neuroscience Electives

CREDITS 

COURSE 

3

BIOL 410 Animal Behavior

4

PSYC 302 Experimental Methods (Pre-requisite: PSYC 301)

3

KINE 452 Nutrition and the Brain: The Psychology of Eating and Drinking

3

PSYC 315 Foundations of Learning and Memory

3

PSYC 317  Sensation and Perception

3

PSYC 355  Cognitive Science

4

PSYC 413  Research in Physiological Psychology (Pre-requisites: PSYC 301, 302, 313)

4

PSYC 415  Research in Animal Cognition (Pre-requisites: PSYC 301, 302, 315)

3

PSYC 445  Psychopharmacology

3

PSYC 447  Cognitive Neuroscience

Cell/Systems Neuroscience Electives

CREDITS

COURSE

3

APSC 431  Applied Cellular Neuroscience

3

APSC 432 Applied Systems Neuroscience

3

APSC 450 Computational Neuroscience 

3

BIOL 415  General Endocrinology 

4

BIOL 432  Principles of Animal Physiology

3

BIOL 433  Developmental Biology

3

BIOL 442  Molecular Genetics 

4

BIOL 447  Neurophysiology

3

CHEM 417  Neurochemistry

3

KINE 450 Cardiovascular Physiology

3

KINE 485  Cellular Basis of Neuromuscular Physiology

300. Writing in the Neurosciences.

Students majoring in Neuroscience fulfill the major writing requirement by working with an individual faculty member, typically in a lecture or research course. Lecture courses that offer sections of NSCI 300 are PSYC 302, PSYC 413, PSYC 415, BIOL 433, BIOL 442 and CHEM 417. Declared majors should discuss the writing requirement with a faculty member during the first two weeks of the semester during which they would like to fulfill this requirement. Once approved, the student will be given permission to enroll in the proper section of NSCI 300 by the faculty member. Students must register for this course during the add/drop period.

Neuroscience Honors

NSCI 495-496. Honors in Neuroscience.

Students complete empirically-based research projects that are conducted under the supervision of a Neuroscience faculty member Intention to pursue honors must be filed with the Charles Center no later than the first day of classes of the semester in which the student will begin their thesis. This is usually the fall semester of their senior year (two semesters before graduation). In order to graduate with a degree with Honors in Neuroscience a student must (a) complete a written thesis that will be submitted to the honors examination committee at least two weeks before the last day of classes and (b) pass, with satisfactory performance, a comprehensive oral examination. For College provisions governing admission to Honors, see the Charles Center.