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Program in Neuroscience Requirements

The Program in Neuroscience requires courses offered in the Department of Biology and Department of Psychology as well as three Neuroscience courses.  Courses that meet requirements in neuroscience and in the biology major or the psychology major maybe counted in both.

Research/Experimental Methods 

  • Biology 351, Chemistry 250, or Psychology 151

Neuroscience Requirements 

  • Neuroscience 321 - Neuroscience Seminar I
  • Neuroscience 322 - Neuroscience Seminar II
  • Neuroscience 447 or 448 - Neuroscience Research Capstone

Biology Requirements 

  • Biology 214 - Introduction to Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Biology 342 - Human Physiology

Psychology Requirements 

  • Psychology 310 - Cognitive Science
  • Psychology 330 and 330L - Behavioral Neuroscience with Lab

Approved Electives (two of the following:)

  • Biology 392 - Animal Behavior
  • Biology 445 - Neurobiology with Lab
  • Psychology 300 - Learning and Adaptive Behavior
  • Psychology 315 - Sensation and Perception
  • Psychology 335 - Affective Neuroscience
  • Psychology 351 - Psychopharmacology

Descriptions of the Neuroscience Courses 

251. Introduction to Research I
Research experience is an integral skill required in the field of neuroscience. This course provides an opportunity for students to become engaged in neuroscience-based research projects early in their undergraduate education. Students should contact the program coordinator or individual neuroscience faculty to make course arrangements.

252. Introduction to Research II
Research experience is an integral skill required in the field of neuroscience. This course provides an opportunity for students to become engaged in neuroscience-based research projects early in their undergraduate education. Students should contact the program coordinator or individual neuroscience faculty to make course arrangements.

321. Neuroscience Seminar I
An interdisciplinary seminar discussing current topics in neuroscience through the examination of literature at the molecular neurobiology, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and behavioral levels. This course is designed to be taken in the junior or senior year after the majority of program in Neuroscience requirements have been completed.

322. Neuroscience Seminar II
An interdisciplinary seminar discussing current topics in neuroscience through the examination of literature at the molecular neurobiology, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and behavioral levels. This course is designed to be taken in the junior or senior year after the majority of program in Neuroscience requirements have been completed.

447. Neuroscience Research Capstone I
This course is designed to permit students to learn a research technique and obtain training in the use of scientific methodology in the field of neuroscience. Specific course objectives include: hands-on experience in a neuroscience research technique, learning appropriate data collection and analysis techniques, and learning how conclusions based on empirical data are formed and disseminated as research articles.

448. Neuroscience Research Capstone II
This course is designed to permit students to learn a research technique and obtain training in the use of scientific methodology in the field of neuroscience under conditions where awarding course credit is inappropriate. Such conditions include research conducted as part of a paid stipend, research conducted in off-campus laboratories, or research conducted as part of another college course. Specific course objectives include: hands-on experience in a neuroscience research technique, learning appropriate data collection and analysis techniques, and learning how conclusions based on empirical data are formed and disseminated as research articles.