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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:

Biology 2135 {213} a - MCSR, INS. Neurobiology or Psychology 2050 {218} a. Physiological Psychology
Mid-level Neuroscience Courses:

Three of the following:
Biology 2553 {253} a. Neurophysiology
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:

One of the following:
Biology 3325 {325} a. Topics in Neuroscience
Biology 3329 {329} a. Neuronal Regeneration
Psychology 3050 {315} a. Hormones and Behavior
Psychology 3051 {316} a. Comparative Neuroanatomy
Psychology 3055 a. Neurocognitive Control 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
Biology 3333 {333} a. Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology
Chemistry 2320 {232} a - MCSR. Biochemistry
Computer Science 3400 {355} a. Cognitive Architecture
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 2040 {216} b. Cognitive Psychology
Psychology 2510 {251} b. Research Design in Psychology
Psychology 2720 {260} b. Abnormal Psychology
Psychology 2740 {270} b. Laboratory in Cognition
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.