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Neuroscience Major

In order to major in neuroscience, you must apply through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Faculty

Mark Barsoum, Assistant Professor of Biology and Math/Science Center Director
Rachid El Bejjani, Assistant Professor of Biology
Barbara Lom, Professor of Biology and Department Chair
Jeff Myers, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Julio Ramirez, R. Stuart Dickson Professor and Chair of Psychology
Mark Smith, Professor of Psychology

Learning Outcomes

Students who major in neuroscience will learn to:

  • understand the scientific questions, language, fundamental principles, methodology, interdisciplinary nature, and history of neuroscience
  • critically assess, interpret, and synthesize primary literature in neuroscience
  • design, conduct, and analyze original laboratory research
  • effectively present their work orally, visually, and in writing
  • articulate how disciplines from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences work together with the neurosciences to address important issues confronted by science and society

Prerequisites

  • PSY 101
  • BIO 111/113
  • BIO 112/114

Course Requirements

The major requires 12 courses, including:

Three core courses
  • BIO 331/PSY 303 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • BIO 332/PSY 324 Functional Neuroanatomy
  • BIO 333 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Three Psychology courses

Select three courses from the following list, including one 200-level and one 300-level course

  • PSY 195 Independent Study
  • PSY 231 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 245 Psychology of Aging
  • PSY 276 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 280 Human Neuropsychology
  • PSY 282/PSY 305 Learning OR PSY 305 Psychological Research - Learning
  • PSY 284/PSY 302 Drugs and Behavior OR PSY 302 Psychological Research - Behavioral Pharmacology
  • PSY 301 Psychological Research - Perception and Attention
  • PSY 304 Psychological Research - Memory
  • PSY 323/BIO 223 Animal Behavior
  • PSY 330 Tutorial
  • PSY 365 Clinical Neuroscience
Three Biology and Biochemistry courses

Select three courses from the following list, including two that offer a laboratory component

  • BIO 201 Genetics
  • BIO 208 Cell Biology
  • BIO 251 Light Microscopy
  • BIO 261 Neuroscience of Exercise
  • BIO 303 Biochemistry OR CHE 230 Introduction to Biological Chemistry
  • BIO 305 Histology
  • BIO 306 Developmental Biology
  • BIO 307 Immunology OR CHE 310 Immunology and Immunopharmacology
  • BIO 309 Genomics
  • BIO 310 Human Physiology
  • BIO 311 Comparative Anatomy
  • BIO 371/372/373 Independent Research
One course in statistics and research design
  • BIO 240 Biostatistics for Life Scientists
  • PSY 310 Psychological Research -- Design and Analysis
Thesis (both courses required)
  • CIS 495 Thesis (fall)
  • CIS 496 Thesis (spring)
Recommended Courses
  • HHV 391 Research Ethics
  • PHI 130 Medical Ethics
  • PHI 213 Philosophy of Science
  • PHI 217 Philosophy of Mind
  • PHI 230 Philosophy of Medicine
  • PSY 360 Neurophilosophy