Department Requirements

For courses for the Neuroscience Major, please visit the participating departments for descriptions of specific courses.

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The major consists of thirteen courses, including ten core courses and three electives from the lists to follow. Advanced placement credits may not be used to fulfill any of the course requirements for the major except introductory chemistry. Independent study in neuroscience may be used to fulfill one of the three elective credits. If students place out of Psychology 1101 {101} or Biology 1109 {109}, thirteen courses related to neuroscience must still be completed.

Note: The information provided below is a listing of required and elective courses for the major in neuroscience. These courses are offered by other departments and programs within the College. Please refer to the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology for further information, including course descriptions, instructors, and semesters when these courses will next be offered.

I. Core Courses

Introductory Level and General Courses:

Biology 1109 {109} a - MCSR, INS. Scientific Reasoning in Biology or Biology 1102 {102} a - MCSR, INS. Biological Principles II

Chemistry 1102 {102} a - MCSR, INS. Introductory Chemistry II or Chemistry 1109 {109} a - MCSR, INS. General Chemistry

Chemistry 2250 {225} a. Organic Chemistry I

Psychology 1101 {101} b. Introduction to Psychology

Psychology 2520 {252} a - MCSR. Data Analysis or Mathematics 1300 {165} a - MCSR. Biostatistics
Introductory Neuroscience Course:

NEUR 2135/Biology 2135 {213} a - MCSR, INS. Neurobiology or Psychology 2050 {218} a. Physiological Psychology

Mid-level Neuroscience Courses:

Three of the following:

NEUR 2553/Biology 2553 {253} a. Neurophysiology

NEUR 2750/Biology 2566 {266} a. Molecular Neurobiology

Psychology 2750 {275} a - INS. Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience: Social Behavior

Psychology 2775 {280} Laboratory in Cognitive Neuroscience

Advanced Neuroscience Course:
A NEUR 3000-level course, such as: 
NEUR/Biology 3325 {325} a. Topics in Neuroscience
NEUR/Biology 3329 {329} a. Neuronal Regeneration
NEUR/Psychology 3050 {315} a. Hormones and Behavior
NEUR/Psychology 3051 {316} a. Comparative Neuroanatomy
NEUR/Psychology 3055 a. Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory

II. Electives
Three electives may be chosen from the courses listed above (but not already taken) or below:

Biology 1101 {101} a - MCSR, INS. Biological Principles I

Biology 2112 {212} a - MCSR, INS. Genetics and Molecular Biology

Biology 2124 {224} a - MCSR, INS. Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Biology 2175 {217} a - MCSR, INS. Developmental Biology

Biology 2214 {214} a - MCSR, INS. Comparative Physiology

Biology 2423 {223} a. Biochemistry of Cellular Processes

Chemistry 2310 {231} a. Fundamentals of Biochemistry

Chemistry 2320 {232} a - MCSR. Biochemistry

Computer Science 1101 {101} a. Introduction to Computer Science

Mathematics 2108 {204} a - MCSR. Biomathematics (same as Biology 1174 {174})

Physics 1140 {104} a - MCSR, INS. Introductory Physics II

Psychology 2010 {210} b. Infant and Child Development

Psychology 2030 Social Psychology

Psychology 2040 {216} b. Cognitive Psychology

Psychology 2025 b. Abnormal Psychology

Psychology 2060 b. Cognitive Neuroscience

Psychology 2510 {251} b. Research Design in Psychology

Neuroscience 2970–2973 {291–294} a. Intermediate Independent Study in Neuroscience.
Neuroscience 2999 {299} a. Intermediate Collaborative Study in Neuroscience.
Neuroscience 4000–4003 {401–404} a. Advanced Independent Study and Honors in Neuroscience.
Neuroscience 4029 {405} a. Advanced Collaborative Study in Neuroscience.
Neuroscience 4050–4051 a. Honors Project in Neuroscience.

Only one semester of independent study or honors at any level can count towards the major.