The Bachelor of Science major in neuroscience requires 17 courses (12 basic courses, plus five required 300-level courses). The students choose these five courses from a specified list of advanced neuroscience courses. One of the five can be chosen from a list of related courses as described below.  

Of the 17 total courses taken by neuroscience majors, the following 12 courses are required:

  • NEUR 100 Introduction to Neuroscience, BIOL 205 Introduction to Molecules and Cells, BIOL 207 Genetics, NEUR/PSYC 250 Biopsychology, NEUR 253 Neural Cell Biology
  • CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I and CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II
  • MATH 201 Calculus I
  • MATH 216 Statistics I
  • NEUR 248 Developmental Psychobiology, or PSYC 203 Learning, or PSYC 204 Human Cognition, or PSYC 252 Sensation and Perception, or BIOL 206 Organismal Biology 
  • PHYS 211 and 212 Classical and Modern Physics

Five advanced neuroscience electives must be chosen from the courses listed below with a minimum of two from Category I and two from Category II. One credit of Independent Research*, or one course from the neuroscience-related electives in the next section can also be counted as one of the five.

Category I
BIOL 320 Biology of Addiction
BIOL 324 Neurophysiology
BIOL/NEUR 332 Developmental Neurobiology
BIOL 342 Neuroethology
BMEG 441 Neural Signals and Systems
NEUR 348 Behavioral Pharmacology

Category II
PSYC 305 Developmental Psychopathology
PSYC 318 Cognitive Aging
PSYC 339 Psychology of Music
PSYC 340 Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYC 349 Human Neuropsychology
PSYC 352 Advanced Perception

*Only 1 credit of NEUR independent research (NEUR 399) may be counted toward one of the five required NEUR electives listed above. This is counted as lab credit course. Neuroscience-related research credit may be earned in ANBE, BIOL, CHEM, NEUR, or PSYC. See the Neuroscience Program Director for permission.  

Neuroscience-related courses

  • ANBE 391, BIOL 318, BIOL 328, BIOL 337, BMEG 300, BMEG 409, BMEG 461, CHEM 375, CHEM 376, NEUR 344, NEUR 399, PSYC 324, PSYC 329 (these courses are general neuroscience-related courses).
  • BIOL 304, BIOL 322, BIOL 327, BIOL 331, BIOL 339, BIOL 340, BIOL 347, BIOL 352, CHEM 351 (these courses reflect interests in cell and molecular neuroscience). 
  • Courses recommended but not required are: BIOL 327 Molecular Biology, CHEM 201 and 202 General Chemistry or CHEM 221 Inorganic Chemistry and CHEM 231 Analytical Chemistry, MATH 202 Calculus II. 
  • Students are encouraged to become involved in independent study research, such as NEUR 399; however, only one undergraduate research credit can be counted toward the five additional courses required for the major.

Students need not choose any specific course of study or concentration within neuroscience. However, students with interests in particular aspects of the neuroscience major may consider choosing among courses that reflect these interests, such as cognitive and behavioral neuroscience or cellular and molecular neuroscience. Students interested in pursuing such interests should consult with their adviser on how best to accomplish their goals.

For additional information, see the Course Catalog.

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