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2021-2022 Course Catalog

Required for the major in neuroscience

Students who complete the major in neuroscience will be able to explain the connection between nervous system structure/organization and sensory and motor pathway functions. They will relate molecular/cellular processes to electrophysiological activity and describe how behavior is a result of combined activity of neural networks. By the culmination of the major, they will integrate research literature on a specific topic into a meaningful analysis.

The major in neuroscience requires the following:

  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. NESC 200: Introduction to Neuroscience
    7. PSYC 350: Psychopharmacology and Behavior
    8. PSYC 420: Clinical and Affective Neuroscience
  2. Two courses from the cellular/molecular course group:
    • BIOL 325: Cell Biology
    • BIOL 354: Molecular Biology
    • BIOL 444 or CHEM 340: Biochemistry I
    • BIOL 453: Developmental Biology
    • PSYC 282: Neuroscience Research Techniques
  3. Two courses from the behavioral/organismal course group:
    • BIOL 200: Animal Behavior
    • BIOL 240: Morphogenesis of the Vertebrates
    • PSYC 290: Developmental Psychopathology
    • PSYC 320: Addiction
    • PSYC 322: Learning and Memory
    • PSYC 345: Cognitive Neuroscience
    • PSYC 347: Hormones, Brain and Behavior
    • PSYC 370: Perception
    • PSYC 365: Brain and Behavior
  4. A statistics-based class from one of the following:
    • BIOL 170: Integrative Biology: Experimental Design and Statistics
    • STAT 107: Principles of Statistics
    • PSYC 170: Statistics in Psychology
  5. Senior Experience as described below

Senior Experience in neuroscience

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 independent study or 6 units of independent study 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 independent study option, a contract will be signed with the academic advisor and research advisor.

***If the independent study option becomes an honors project, the honors thesis and oral exam will satisfy these requirements. Scheduling for the independent study option will follow the honors scheduling guidelines.

Required for the minor in neuroscience

  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. NESC 200: Introduction to Neuroscience
    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
    • STAT 107: Principles of Statistics
    • PSYC 170: Statistics in Psychology

*  Students taking BIOL 370: Human Physiology as a prerequisite for an allied health program e.g., nursing, can replace the BIOL 242: Comparative Physiology requirement with BIOL 370.

** Prerequisite for BIOL 340/PSYC 580 is one of the following:

  • BIOL 242 and one PSYC course, or
  • NESC 200 or
  • PSYC 348 or
  • consent of the instructor