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Neuroscience

Neuroscience

The field of neuroscience uses an interdisciplinary approach to study the brain and nervous system. Humans and animals rely on the nervous system in order to process environmental stimuli, integrate this information, and produce an adaptive response (motor, hormonal, behavioral). A response may be as straightforward as a knee reflex or as complicated as understanding Plato.

The fields of biology, chemistry, and psychology provide much of the core knowledge needed to pursue study in neuroscience and the major will prepare students for graduate study in neuroscience or allied health areas. However, knowledge from neuroscience may inform creative and scholarly endeavors in many areas including literature, music, and art. Therefore, it is an advantage for a neuroscience major to be in a liberal arts setting that can provide exposure to a wide spectrum of interests.

Required for the neuroscience major

  1. The following core courses:
    • Biology 130: Integrative Biology: Cells to Organisms
    • Biology 150: Integrative Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems
    • Biology 242: Comparative Physiology
    • Biology 340/Psychology 580: Topics in Neuroscience
    • Chemistry 116: Principles of Chemistry
    • Psychology 350: Psychopharmacology and Behavior
    • Psychology 360: Brain and Behavior I
    • Psychology 420: Clinical and Affective Neuroscience
  2. Two courses from the following group:
    • Biology 325: Cell Biology
    • Biology 354: Molecular Biology
    • Biology 444 or Chemistry 340: Biochemistry
    • Biology 453: Developmental Biology
  3. Two courses from the following group:
    • Biology 200: Animal Behavior
    • Biology 240: Morphogenesis of the Vertebrates
    • Psychology 290: Developmental Psychopathology
    • Psychology 370: Perception
    • Psychology 380: Learning and Conditioning
  4. A statistics-based class from one of the following:
    • Biology 170: Experimental Design and Analysis
    • Mathematics 107 or 117: Elementary Statistics
    • Mathematics 207: Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  5. Senior experience:
    Students majoring in Neuroscience will work closely with neuroscience program faculty to develop a senior experience. Students may develop a senior experience from the Psychology senior capstone, Biology senior capstone, or a Neuroscience independent study. Departmental and instructor approval are required to take a senior capstone.

Required for the neuroscience minor

  1. The following core courses:
    • Biology 130: Integrative Biology: Cells to Organisms
    • Biology 150: Integrative Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems
    • Biology 242: Comparative Physiology
    • *Biology 340/Psychology 580: Topics in Neuroscience
    • Chemistry 116: Principles of Chemistry
    • Psychology 360: Brain and Behavior I
    • Psychology 420: Clinical and Affective Neuroscience
  2. A statistics-based class from one of the following:
    • Biology 170: Experimental Design and Analysis
    • Mathematics 107 or 117: Elementary Statistics
    • Mathematics 207: Introduction to Probability and Statistics

*Pre-requisite for BIOL 340/PSYC 580 will be either

  • BIOL 242 and one PSYC course
  • PSYC 360 and one BIOL course
    or
  • consent of the instructor


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