Academic Catalog

Neuroscience (B.S.)

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

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.  Students must receive a grade of C-minus or better in all required major courses. A grade point average of 2.0 (C) is required for graduation.  The major requires a minimum of three unique courses that do not count towards requirements of other declared majors.

Basic Science Courses

 Students may double-count up to 11 - 12 credits with University General Education requirements.

Math4
Calculus I
Statistics3-4
Statistical Methods in Psychology
Elementary Statistics
Probability and Statistics
Biology8
Basic Life Mechanisms
Fundamentals of Cell Biology for Neuroscience
Chemistry14
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
Organic Chemistry I
Biochemistry3
Cellular Biochemistry
Survey of Biochemistry
Physics10
Select one of the following sequences:
Option 1:
Physics for the Life Sciences I
and Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory
Physics for the Life Sciences II
and Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory
Option 2:
University Physics for Scientists I
and University Physics Laboratory
University Physics for Scientists II
and University Physics Laboratory II
Social/Behavioral Science4
Introductory Psychology
Total Credits46-47

Neuroscience Core Courses

BIO 3200Human Physiology3
PSY 3330Systems Neuroscience3
Total Credits6

Elective Courses

Select 18 credits, with a minimum of 6 credits each from the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience and Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience categories. Students may choose directed study courses to complete the 18 credit requirement.

Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
BIO 4220Biological Dimensions of Evolutionary Psychology3
KIN 3550Motor Learning and Control3
NEU 4200Neurobiology of Addiction3
NFS 5170Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Brain3
PHI 5230Philosophy of Science4
PHI 5550Philosophy of Mind4
PSY 3040Psychology of Perception: Fundamental Processes3
PSY 3060Psychology of Learning and Memory: Fundamental Processes3
PSY 3080Cognitive Psychology: Fundamental Processes3
PSY 4140Hormones and Behavior3
PSY 5040Cognitive Neuroscience3
PSY 5070Neuropharmacology3
PSY 5080Cellular Basis of Animal Behavior3
PSY 5330Human Neuropsychology3
PSY 5440Developmental Neuropsychology3
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
BIO 3070Genetics4-5
BIO 4120Comparative Physiology4
BIO 4690Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology3
BIO 5040Biometry4
BIO 5620Developmental Biology3
BIO 5660Neural Signaling in Health and Disease3
BIO 5890Neuroplasticity3
BIO 5996Senior Research1-2
BIO 6055Biology of the Eye3
BIO 6180Membrane Biology3
BIO 6190Advanced Special Topics6
BIO 6690Special Topics in Neurobiology3
NEU 5470Preclinical and Clinical Assessments of Neurologic Disease I3
NEU 6470Preclinical and Clinical Assessments of Neurologic Disease II3
PHY 3750Introduction to Computational Methods1
PHY 6750Applied Computational Methods2
ROC 6710Physics in Medicine3
Directed Study
NEU 4050Science Advocacy and Public Engagement2
NEU 4990Introduction to Research Practice1
NEU 4991Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience1
NEU 4992Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience2
NEU 4993Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience3
NEU 4994Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience4
NEU 6990Honors Introduction to Research Practice1
NEU 6992Honors Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience2
NEU 6993Honors Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience3
NEU 6994Honors Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience4
NEU 6998Honors Thesis in Neuroscience3

Neuroscience Honors (B.S. Program)

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:

One 42XX level Honors Seminar3
NEU 6990Honors Introduction to Research Practice1
Complete at least two credits of Honors research with one of the following2
Honors Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience
Honors Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience
Honors Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience
Complete an Honors thesis3
Honors Thesis in Neuroscience
Remaining credits to be earned in honors sections or honors options within the Neuroscience major coursework.5
Total Credits14

NEU 4050 Science Advocacy and Public Engagement Cr. 2

This course will provide students with the opportunity to understand diverse types of science media as well as best practices and strategies for interacting with different kinds of audiences. Offered Fall.

Prerequisites: BIO 2550 with a minimum grade of C-, BIO 2600 with a minimum grade of C-, or COM 3150 with a minimum grade of C-

Equivalent: BIO 4050

NEU 4200 Neurobiology of Addiction Cr. 3

An in-depth examination of the neurobiology of addiction in the context of psychopharmacology. Emphasis is on neurochemical and neuropharmacological aspects of drug and related addictions, using molecular, cellular, and clinical approaches. Offered Fall.

Prerequisites: BIO 3200 with a minimum grade of C-, PSY 3120 with a minimum grade of C-, or PSY 3300 with a minimum grade of C-

NEU 4990 Introduction to Research Practice Cr. 1

This seminar is an introduction to laboratory safety, research practice and scientific integrity for undergraduate students engaged in independent research. It will be a co-requisite that each student must take with their first enrollment in a NEU directed study course. The course is structured to provide instruction in basic laboratory safety and accepted standards for research conduct. It will also provide professional development and networking opportunities for students interested in careers in research and the biomedical sciences. Instruction will be provided in the form of reading assignments, discussions, lectures and case studies. Offered Fall, Winter.

NEU 4991 Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience Cr. 1

Laboratory or academic research performed under the mentorship of a faculty member. Offered Every Term.

Prerequisites: NEU 4990 with a minimum grade of C- (may be taken concurrently)

Repeatable for 5 Credits

NEU 4992 Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience Cr. 2

Laboratory or academic research performed under the mentorship of a faculty member. Offered Every Term.

Prerequisites: NEU 4990 with a minimum grade of C- (may be taken concurrently)

Repeatable for 6 Credits

NEU 4993 Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience Cr. 3

Laboratory or academic research performed under the mentorship of a faculty member. Offered Every Term.

Prerequisites: NEU 4990 with a minimum grade of C- (may be taken concurrently)

Repeatable for 6 Credits

NEU 4994 Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience Cr. 4

Laboratory or academic research performed under the mentorship of a faculty member. Offered Every Term.

Prerequisites: NEU 4990 with a minimum grade of C- (may be taken concurrently)

Repeatable for 8 Credits

NEU 5470 Preclinical and Clinical Assessments of Neurologic Disease I Cr. 3

An exploration of central and peripheral nervous system diseases from four perspectives: 1) broad disease connections 2) disease mechanisms 3) preclinical animal models 4) clinical trials and outcomes. Diseases covered are from mature research fields, with known molecular mechanisms, animal models and disease-modifying therapies in clinical trials. Students will master communication and teaching skills using: short presentations to the class, active participation in class discussions and peer-performance assessments.Students will research and present material, coordinate information between student groups, and moderate class discussions. Offered Fall.

Prerequisites: (BIO 3200 with a minimum grade of C- and 1 of (STA 1020 with a minimum grade of C-, STA 2210 with a minimum grade of C-, or PSY 2030 with a minimum grade of C-))

NEU 6470 Preclinical and Clinical Assessments of Neurologic Disease II Cr. 3

A continuation of NEU 5470 focusing on diseases from maturing research fields, where disease etiology may be ambiguous for many patients, and there may be relatively few molecular mechanisms, animal models and therapeutics available. Students will gain an appreciation of how translational research develops from pre-clinical models to clinical trials and practice. Offered Winter.

Prerequisites: NEU 5470 with a minimum grade of C-

NEU 6990 Honors Introduction to Research Practice Cr. 1

This seminar is an introduction to laboratory safety, research practice and scientific integrity for undergraduate students engaged in independent research. It will be a co-requisite that each student must take with their first enrollment in a NEU Honors directed study course. The course is structured to provide instruction in basic laboratory safety and accepted standards for research conduct. It will also provide professional development and networking opportunities for students interested in careers in research and the biomedical sciences. Instruction will be provided in the form of reading assignments, discussions, lectures and case studies. Offered Fall, Winter.

NEU 6992 Honors Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience Cr. 2

Laboratory or academic research performed under the mentorship of a faculty member. Offered Every Term.

Prerequisites: NEU 6990 with a minimum grade of C- (may be taken concurrently)

Repeatable for 6 Credits

NEU 6993 Honors Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience Cr. 3

Laboratory or academic research performed under the mentorship of a faculty member. Offered Every Term.

Prerequisites: NEU 6990 with a minimum grade of C- (may be taken concurrently)

Repeatable for 6 Credits

NEU 6994 Honors Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience Cr. 4

Laboratory or academic research performed under the mentorship of a faculty member. Offered Every Term.

Prerequisites: NEU 6990 with a minimum grade of C- (may be taken concurrently)

Repeatable for 8 Credits

NEU 6998 Honors Thesis in Neuroscience Cr. 3

Original laboratory or academic research performed under the guidance of a faculty member for the purpose of completing an Honor’s thesis required for the completion of an Honors Degree. Offered Every Term.

Prerequisites: NEU 6990 with a minimum grade of C- (may be taken concurrently)

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