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

Additional requirements (4 credits)

  • STAT 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.

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

Biology electives

  • BIOL 155 Introduction to Evolution, Ecology, and Diversity
  • BIOL 202 Genetics
  • BIOL 307 Microbiology
  • 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

PSYC electives

  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • 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 Global Public Health
  • GPHS 105 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • PHIL 207 Ethics: Philosophical and Religious
  • PHYS 130 Introductory Physics I
  • PHYS 132 Introductory Physics II
  • PHYS 190 Digital Electronics

Behavioral Neuroscience major requirements

Required core courses (7.5 credits)

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

Additional requirements

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

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 Microbiology
  • 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