BIOL 124, and one of the following: BIOL 313, 327, 330, 333
CHEM 131, 132 (OR CHEM 141)
PHYS 141 and 142, if completing the pre-health curriculum (OR PHYS 131 and 132, if not completing the pre-health curriculum; NOTE: MATH 151 or 170 is the prerequisite/co-requisite for PHYS 131-132)
PSYC 125, one of the following 300-level courses: PSYC 310, PSYC 315, PSYC 325, PSYC 330, PSYC 380 (neuroscience-related research methods course) and one of the following 400-level courses: NRSC 400, PSYC 425, PSYC 430, PSYC 480 (neuroscience-related topics course), BIOL 401(neuroscience-related topics course), or BIOL 412 (neuroscience-related seminar course).
One elective may be chosen from courses listed above that the student has not already taken or another upper-level science course related to neuroscience (200-level or above): BIOL 216, 314, 315, 318, 321, 326, 327, 334, 417 or 342; CHEM 490; PSYC 355, 380 or 455.
The other elective must be outside of DIV III (200-level or above), and must be a course that examines science in a philosophical, environmental, or socio-cultural context. The following are current courses which will satisfy this second elective:
AMST 200 Health, Illness and Culture
AMST 301 Race, Gender and Body
ANTH216 Medical Anthropology
ANTH 218/WGST 218 Biosocial Aspects of Female Sexuality
ANTH 225 Human Osteology
ANTH 229 Principles of Human Variation and Adaptation
ANTH 245 Medicine, Science & Society
ANTH 256 Health & Healing in Africa
ANTH 310 Nutritional Anthropology
ANTH 331 Principles of Human Evolution
ARTH 375/PHIL 275 Beauty
ENGL 313 Linguistics, Scientific Study of Natural Human Language
HIST 350 American Science, Technology & Medicine
JDST 216 Jewish Medical Ethics
LAWP 400 Biomed Tech, Policy & Law
PHIL 220/PMGT 220 Biomedical Ethics
PHIL 254 Philosophy of Science
PHIL 256 Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 391 Morality and Mind
PHIL 391 Free Will and Science
RELG 241 Care of the Soul
RELG 227 Spiritual Dimensions of Healing
SOCI 228 Sociology of Sexuality
SOCI 230 when the topic is: Medical Sociology
SOCI 333 Sociology of Health and Illness
SPAN 239 Spanish for Health Profession
Other courses, not included on this list, may satisfy the elective as determined by the Neuroscience Program Director. The elective courses must be approved in advance in consultation with the student's advisor and the neuroscience faculty. The student must be able to show how the electives fit into his/her neuroscience major.
All neuroscience majors are required to include an “Experience in Neuroscience” as part of their undergraduate program. This requirement may be satisfied by the successful completion of one of the following:
- A Neuroscience-related independent study (i.e., NRSC 500)
- An independent research project (NRSC 550) OR student/faculty collaborative research project (NRSC 560)
- A summer research project or internship with a faculty member
- An off-campus research experience or internship
- A research experience or internship not covered by the above but deemed equivalent by the contributing faculty
Suggested curricular flow through the major
A student who starts the major in the first year will have more options for advanced study during the senior year. As can be seen below, it is possible for a student, starting in the sciences, to take the majority of neuroscience courses during the sophomore and junior year. It is also possible for a student to start the major in the sophomore year and still complete the major.
Specific details for course planning for this major are available on the department webpage.
First-Year students who plan to major in Neuroscience are strongly encouraged to concurrently take BIOL 124 and CHEM 131 the fall semester and PYSC 125 and CHEM 132 the spring semester. (Please note: CHEM 141 can substitutes for the CHEM 131/132 sequence.) Once a student successfully has completed either BIOL 124 or PSYC 125, then the student can declare the Neuroscience major. Moreover, once a student has successfully completed BIOL 124 AND PSYC 125, then the student is eligible for upper-level science courses (e.g., BIOL 327, 330, PSYC 310, 325, etc.) that contribute to the major either as required (e.g., BIOL 330 and PSYC 325) or elective (e.g., BIOL 327, PSYC 310, etc.) courses. Thus, a student is strongly encouraged to complete the introductory BIOL 124/PSYC 125 sequence as early as possible. Thirteen courses are required to complete the major. Below is an example of when various courses can be taken to complete the major.
|First Year||BIOL 124
|Sophomore Year||Non-Science Elective or
|Non-Science Elective or
|Junior Year||PSYC 325
300-Level PSYC Eelctive
300-Level PSYC Eelctive
|Senior Year||Research Experience||PSYC 425|
For course descriptions and requirements for the major, refer to the Academic Bulletin: Neuroscience.
The Neuroscience Program will award Honors to a Neuroscience major based on the candidate's entire undergraduate Neuroscience program. This includes all Neuroscience-related courses with their grades, the nature of the curriculum selected, and the successful completion of a two-semester (or summer plus one semester) Independent Research Project. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required in those courses that count toward the Neuroscience major, including CHEM 141, 241 and 242, and transfer courses that receive Neuroscience credit. The Honors research project should be distinguished by the originality and definition of the research problem, the sophistication of the experimental design and its execution, and the analysis and presentation of the results. Generally, Honors reports should be of publishable or near publishable quality. For the specific guidelines and procedures see the Neuroscience Program web site.
200 Perspectives in Neuroscience
This 6-hour integrated lecture/laboratory course will focus on different levels of analysis within the field of neuroscience by dividing the course into 3 separate, 4-week teaching modules: 1) cellular/molecular, 2) systems and 3) behavioral neuroscience. These laboratory-based teaching modules will expose students to fundamental concepts of neuroscience at different levels of organization and help students develop proficiency with some basic neuroscientic techniques. Students also will be taught about writing and data analysis (e.g., statistics) appropriate to the field of neuroscience.
Prerequisites: Biology 124 or Psychology 125. Offered every fall. This course fulfills the Quantitative Reasoning and the Writing Intensive graduation requirements.
400 Neuroscience Seminar
Advanced seminar in which students will read and review primary literature related to selected topics in the field of neuroscience. Examples of selected topics may include neuroendocrinology, neurobiology of drug addiction, neurobiology of learning and memory or clinical neuroscience. A discussion-style approach will be adopted.
Prerequisites: BIOL 124, NRSC 200 and PSYC 125.