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.

Basic Science Courses

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

Calculus I
Statistical Methods in Psychology
Elementary Statistics
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
Cellular Biochemistry
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
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 from each category.

Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
Motor Learning and Control
Macronutrient Metabolism
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
Senior Thesis
Cognitive Neuroscience
Cellular Basis of Animal Behavior
Human Neuropsychology
Developmental Neuropsychology
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Directed Study
Comparative Physiology
Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology
Cellular Basis of Animal Behavior
Developmental Biology
Senior Research
Biology of the Eye
Advanced Special Topics
Neurobiology I
Honors Directed Study in Biology
Introduction to Computational Methods
Applied Computational Methods
Physics in Medicine

Honors Requirements

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 4991Honors Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience2-4
NEU 4998Honors Thesis in Neuroscience3
One 42XX level Honors Seminar3
Remaining credits to be earned in honors sections or honors options within the Neuroscience major4-6

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.