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2017-2018 Course Catalog

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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:
    1. BIOL 130: Integrative Biology: Cells to Organisms
    2. BIOL 150: Integrative Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems
    3. BIOL 242: Comparative Physiology
    4. BIOL 340/PSYC 580: Topics in Neuroscience
    5. CHEM 116: Principles of Chemistry: Energetics and Dynamics
    6. PSYC 350: Psychopharmacology and Behavior
    7. PSYC 360: Brain and Behavior I
    8. PSYC 420: Clinical and Affective Neuroscience
  2. Two courses from the following group:
    • BIOL 325: Cell Biology
    • BIOL 354: Molecular Biology
    • BIOL 444 or CHEM 340: Biochemistry I
    • BIOL 453: Developmental Biology
  3. Two courses from the following group:
    • BIOL 200: Animal Behavior
    • BIOL 240: Morphogenesis of the Vertebrates
    • PSYC 290: Developmental Psychopathology
    • PSYC 370: Perception
    • PSYC 380: Learning and Conditioning
  4. A statistics-based class from one of the following:
    • BIOL 170: Integrative Biology: Experimental Design and Statistics
    • MATH 107: Elementary Statistics
    • MATH 217: Applied Statistical Methods
  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 or the biology senior capstone. Departmental and instructor approval are required to take a senior capstone.  Alternatively, a student may elect to conduct a neuroscience independent study as their Senior Experience. This option requires a student to complete the following:
  • 12 units of IS, OR 6 units of IS and a summer research experience, on the same project.
  • A 15-20 page research paper on the project submitted by the Wednesday before midterm reading period in Spring Term of senior year.
  • An oral presentation and exam with neuroscience faculty, to be scheduled by the first day of Spring Term, senior year.
  • Presentation of the project at an appropriate research conference approved by the research advisor.

Students must formally declare which option they will chose for their Senior Experience no later than the first day of Spring Term in their junior year.  If choosing the biology or psychology Senior Experience option, a contract will be signed with the academic advisor. If choosing the neuroscience IS option, a contract will be signed with the research advisor.

Required for the neuroscience minor

  1. The following core courses:
    1. BIOL 130: Integrative Biology: Cells to Organisms
    2. BIOL 150: Integrative Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems
    3. BIOL 242: Comparative Physiology
    4. *BIOL 340/PSYC 580: Topics in Neuroscience
    5. CHEM 116: Principles of Chemistry
    6. PSYC 360: Brain and Behavior I
    7. PSYC 420: Clinical and Affective Neuroscience
  2. A statistics-based class from one of the following:
    • BIOL 170: Integrative Biology: Experimental Design and Statistics
    • MATH 107: Elementary Statistics
    • MATH 217: Applied Statistical Methods

*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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