Neuroscience Major Requirements: 2009-2011 Academic Years

Required Credit Hours

A minimum of 38 (plus 20 credit hours in prerequisites). Alterations in the prescribed curriculum, while not encouraged, may be reviewed by the Committee on Honors and Interdisciplinary Studies if a student so petitions. The major writing requirement is satisfied by passing NSCI 300 Writing in the Neurosciences. THe major computing requirement is satisfied by passing APSC 351 Cellular Biophysics and Modeling.

Prerequisite Courses

(4) BIOL 220 (203) Principles of Biology: Molecules, Cells, Development
(4) BIOL 225 (204)  Principles of Biology: Organisms, Ecology, Evolution
(3) CHEM 103 General Chemistry I
(3) CHEM 206 Organic Chemistry I
(3) PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science
(3) PSYC 301 Elementary Statistics, MATH 106 Elementary Probability and Statistics, or KINE 394 Statistics and Evaluation

Required Courses

(3) APSC 351 Cellular Biophysics and Modeling (* Calculus II is a pre-or co-requisite for this course)
(3) BIOL 345 Neurobiology
(3) BIOL 406 Molecular Cell Biology
(3) CHEM 307 or 209 Organic Chemistry II
(3) CHEM 308 General Chemistry II, 305 Inorganic Chemistry, or 335 Principles of Inorganic Chemistry
(4) PHYS 101 or 107 General Physics I
(4) PHYS 102 or 108 General Physics II
(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 a 3.0 credit undergraduate research experience (APSC 401/402, BIOL 403, CHEM 409, KINE 480/481, PSYC 491) with a Neuroscience Faculty Member.

Behavioral Neuroscience Courses

(3) BIOL 410 Animal Behavior
(4) PSYC 302 Experimental Methods
(3) PSYC 311 Cognitive Psychology
(3) PSYC 315 Foundations of Learning and Memory
(3) PSYC 317 Sensation and Perception
(3) PSYC 319 Cognitive Science
(4) PSYC 413 Research in Physiological Psychology
(4) PSYC 415 Comparative Psychology
(3) PSYC 445 Psychopharmacology
(3) PSYC 447 Cognitive Neuroscience

Cell/Systems Neuroscience Courses

(3) APSC 431 Applied Cellular Neuroscience
(3) APSC 432 Applied Systems Neuroscience
(3) BIOL 415 General Endocrinology
(3) BIOL 432 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 and Biochemical Effects of Exercise

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 accepted by a faculty member, 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.

495-496. Honors in Neuroscience. Neuroscience Honors 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 catalog section titled Honors and Special Programs. For additional requirements see the Neuroscience website.