Richmond R. Thompson, Program Director
Mary Keenan, Program Coordinator

Professors: Patsy S. Dickinson (Biology), Richmond R. Thompson (Psychology)
Associate Professor: Hadley Wilson Horch† (Biology)
Assistant Professor: Erika M. Nyhus (Psychology)
Visiting Faculty: Leah C. Wilson (Psychology), Christoph Straub
Lab Instructor: Anja Forche
Contributing Faculty: Amy S. Johnson, Mary Lou Zeeman†


Requirements for the Major in Neuroscience

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 or Biology 1109, thirteen courses related to neuroscience must still be completed. Courses that count toward the major must be taken for regular letter grades (not Credit/D/Fail). Students must earn a C- or better for a course to count toward the major.

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. Normally up to two courses transferred from other institutions can be used toward the completion of the major. Please refer to and the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology for further information, including course descriptions, instructors, and semesters when these courses are offered.

I. Core Courses

Introductory Level and General Courses

  • Biology 1102 or 1109
  • Chemistry 1092, 1102, or 1109
  • Chemistry 2250, Organic Chemistry I
  • Psychology 1101, Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychology 2520, Data Analysis; or Mathematics 1300, Biostatistics, or 1400, Statistics in the Sciences

Introductory Neuroscience Course

  • Biology 2135, Neurobiology; or Psychology 2050, Physiological Psychology

Mid-level Neuroscience Courses

Three from the list below:

  • Biology 2553, Neurophysiology
  • Biology 2566, Molecular Neurobiology
  • Biology 2588, Cell Biology of the Neuron
  • Psychology 2750, Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience: Social Behavior
  • Psychology 2775, Laboratory in Cognitive Neuroscience

Advanced Neuroscience Courses

  • Biology 3325, Topics in Neuroscience
  • Biology 3329, Neuronal Regeneration
  • Biology 3388, Neurobiology of the Synapse
  • Psychology 3050, Hormones and Behavior
  • Psychology 3051, Comparative Neuroanatomy
  • Psychology 3055, Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory

II. Electives

Advanced Neuroscience Courses

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

  • Biology 1101, Biological Principles I
  • Biology 2112, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology 2124, Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • Biology 2175, Developmental Biology
  • Biology 2214, Comparative Physiology
  • Biology 2423, Biochemistry of Cellular Processes
  • Biology 2567, Biology of Sex Difference
  • Chemistry 2310, Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Chemistry 2320, Biochemistry
  • Computer Science 1101, Introduction to Computer Science
  • Mathematics 2108, Biomathematics
  • Physics 1140, Introductory Physics II
  • Psychology 2010, Infant and Child Development
  • Psychology 2025, Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology 2030, Social Psychology
  • Psychology 2040, Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology 2060, Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychology 2510, Research Design in Psychology
  • Neuroscience 2970–2973, Intermediate Independent Study in Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience 2999, Intermediate Collaborative Study in Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience 4000–4003, Advanced Independent Study in Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience 4029, Advanced Collaborative Study in Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience 4050–4051, Honors Project in Neuroscience

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