The goal of the Neuroscience major is to provide students with a strong background in fundamental basic sciences and exposure to the integrative nature of neuroscience to allow students to understand nervous system function from a variety of perspectives. Students will emerge with a strong foundation in basic science and applied neuroscience that will make them competitive for post-graduate studies or employment in industry, government, health, and education.
The degree program is offered jointly through the Departments of Biological Sciences and Psychology. During the freshman year, or as early as possible, students interested in neuroscience should consul one of these departments to obtain information from an undergraduate advisor.
The Neuroscience major will lead to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Candidates must complete 120 credits in course work including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements, as well as the major requirements cited below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.
Major requirements are divided into three categories: (A) Basic science courses, (B) Neuroscience core courses, and (C) Electives. Elective courses are organized into two sub-categories and students must select from each; this is to ensure breadth of exposure.
Basic Science Courses
Students may double-count up to 11 - 12 credits with University General Education requirements.
|Statistical Methods in Psychology|
or STA 1020
or STA 2210
|Probability and Statistics|
|Basic Life Mechanisms|
|Introduction to Cell Biology|
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
|Organic Chemistry II|
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
or CHM 5600
|Survey of Biochemistry|
|Physics for the Life Sciences I|
and Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory
|University Physics for Scientists I|
and University Physics Laboratory
Neuroscience Core Courses
|BIO 3200||Human Physiology||3|
|PSY 3330||Systems Neuroscience||3|
Select 18 credits, with a minimum of 6 credits from each category.
|Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience|
|Motor Learning and Control|
|Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Brain|
|Philosophy of Science|
|Philosophy of Mind|
|Psychology of Perception: Fundamental Processes|
|Psychology of Learning and Memory: Fundamental Processes|
|Hormones and Behavior|
|Directed Study and Research|
|Cellular Basis of Animal Behavior|
|Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience|
|Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology|
|Cellular Basis of Animal Behavior|
|Biology of the Eye|
|Advanced Special Topics|
|Honors Directed Study in Biology|
|Introduction to Computational Methods|
|Applied Computational Methods|
|Physics in Medicine|
To be recommended for an honors degree from this program, a student must maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.30 and complete a minimum of 14 honors course credits including:
|NEU 4991||Honors Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience||2-4|
|NEU 4998||Honors Thesis in Neuroscience||3|
|One 42XX level Honors Seminar||3|
|Remaining credits to be earned in honors sections or honors options within the Neuroscience major||4-6|
NEU 4990 Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience Cr. 2-4
Individual research projects conducted with a supervising faculty member. Offered Every Term.
Repeatable for 6 Credits
NEU 4991 Honors Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience Cr. 2-4
Individual research conducted under the supervision of a faculty member. Offered Every Term.
NEU 4998 Honors Thesis in Neuroscience Cr. 3
Research leading to the completion of a senior honors thesis in Neuroscience. Offered Every Term.