Requirements

The bachelor of science degree in neuroscience consists of a molecular track and a behavioral track.

Regardless of track, the major requires all students to complete the same core of 7.5 course credits and earn a total of 16.5 course credits in required or elective program courses. Students in the program are required to complete 34 course credits for graduation, rather than the 32 credits required for the College’s traditional bachelor of arts degrees. 

Molecular neuroscience major requirements

Required core courses (7.5 credits)

BIOL 150G Investigating Biological Concepts
BIOL 204 Human Anatomy and Physiology
CHEM 140G General Chemistry
CHEM 220 Introductory Analytical Chemistry
PSYC 243 Mind, Brain, and Behavior
PSYC 305 Behavioral Neuroscience
NEUR 350 (.25 course credit x 2) Science Seminar
NEUR 420 (.50 course credit x 2) Neuroscience Research Seminar

Additional requirements (4 credits)

STATS 201 Statistics I
BIOL 200 Cell Biology or BIOL 369 Neurobiology
CHEM 228 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 230 Organic Chemistry II

Electives (5 credits)

The electives must include 2 CHEM/BIOC, 2 BIOL, and 1 “Other”. Three of these must be at the 300-level.

Molecular electives

BIOC 310 Survey of Biochemistry or BIOC 330 Biochemistry and BIOC 390 Advanced Biochemistry
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 304 Cognitive Neuroscience

Biology electives

BIOL 155 Introduction to Evolution, Ecology, and Diversity
BIOL 202 Genetics
BIOL 307 Ecology
BIOL 325 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 327 Parasitology
BIOL 345 Animal Behavior
BIOL 354 Molecular Biology
BIOL 369 Neurobiology or BIOL 200 Cell Biology

CHEM/BIOC electives

BIOC 310 Survey of Biochemistry or
BIOC 330 Biochemistry and BIOC Advanced Biochemistry
CHEM 231 Principles of Pharmacology
CHEM 241 Medicinal Chemistry
CHEM 340 Instrumental Analysis with or without CHEM 325 Integrated Laboratory
CHEM 380 Advanced Organic Chemistry

PSYC electives

PSYC 216 Learning and Memory
PSYC 236 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 239 Health Psychology
PSYC 303 Drugs and Behavior
PSYC 304 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 318 Biopsychology

Other electives

ANTH 370 Medical Anthropology
BIOC 201 Principles of Nutrition
COMP 151 Introduction to Programming
GPHS 101 Introduction to Public Health
GPHS 105 Introduction to Epidemiology
PHIL 207 Ethics: Philosophical and Religious
PHYS 130G Introductory Physics I
PHYS 132G Introductory Physics II
PHYS 190 Digital Electronics


Behavioral neuroscience major requirements

Required core courses (7.5 credits)

BIOL 150G Investigating Biological Concepts
BIOL 204 Human Anatomy and Physiology
CHEM 140G General Chemistry
CHEM 220 Introductory Analytical Chemistry
PSYC 243 Mind, Brain, and Behavior
PSYC 305 Behavioral Neuroscience
NEUR 350 (.25 course credit x 2) Science Seminar
NEUR 420 (.50 course credit x 2) Neuroscience Research Seminar

Additional requirements

PSYC 101G Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 201 Research Methods I: Statistical Analysis
PSYC 304 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 318 Biopsychology

Electives (5 credits)

The electives must include 2 PSYC, 2 BIOL, and 1 “Other”. At least two of these must be at the 300-level.

Behavioral track electives

BIOC 310 Survey of Biochemistry
CHEM 228 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 230 Organic Chemistry II

Biology electives

BIOL 155 Introduction to Evolution, Ecology, and Diversity
BIOL 202 Genetics
BIOL 307 Ecology
BIOL 320 Parasitology
BIOL 325 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 345 Animal Behavior
BIOL 354 Molecular Biology
BIOL 369 Neurobiology or BIOL 200 Cell Biology

CHEM/BIOC electives

BIOC 201 Principles of Nutrition
CHEM 231 Principles of Pharmacology
CHEM 241 Medicinal Chemistry
CHEM 340 Instrumental Analysis with or without CHEM 325 Integrated Laboratory
CHEM 380 Advanced Organic Chemistry

PSYC electives

PSYC 216 Learning and Memory
PSYC 236 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 239 Health Psychology
PSYC 303 Drugs and Behavior
PSYC 318 Biopsychology

Other electives

ANTH 270 Medical Anthropology
COMP 151 Introduction to Programming
GPHS 101 Introduction to Public Health
GPHS 105 Introduction to Epidemiology
PHIL 207 Ethics: Philosophical and Religious
PHYS 130G Introductory Physics I
PHYS 132G Introductory Physics II
PHYS 190 Digital Electronics