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Undergraduate Programs


BS Degree in Biological Sciences

These requirements apply to all students in the Class of 2019 and 2020. Students in the Class of 2021 and 2022 may complete the new major requirements or may opt in to these requirements.

Twenty courses (some with companion labs) are required to complete the neuroscience major. Some students may complete additional credits depending on the courses chosen. Independent study credits (e.g., NSC 395) may not be substituted for any major requirements.


Introductory Biology Courses

One of the following:

  • BIO 110: Principles of Biology I (Fall/Spring)
  • BIO 112: Biology Perspectives I (Fall)

One of the following:

  • BIO 111: Principles of Biology II (Spring)
  • BIO 113: Biology Perspectives II (Spring)

Plus BIO 117P: Introductory Biology Lab

One of the following:

  • BIO 198: Principles of Genetics (Fall)
  • BIO 190: Genetics and the Human Genome (Fall)
  • BIO 210: Cell Biology (Spring)
  • BIO 250: Intro to Biochemistry (Spring)
  • BIO 252: Principles of Biochemistry (Spring)

Note: The genetics lab (BIO 198P) is recommended but not required. BIO 198P may substitute for BIO 117P.p>

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Biology Diversification Electives

Students are required to take two biology diversification electives. These courses must be chosen from within the biological sciences, but from outside the neuroscience curriculum. Each diversification elective must be 200-level or higher. If a student takes more than one course from the introductory group above (e.g., BIO 198 and BIO 250), the additional course(s) may be used toward the diversification elective requirement.

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Neuroscience Core Courses

Three courses and one companion lab:

  • NSC 201/P: Basic Neurobiology with Lab (Fall)
  • NSC 203: Laboratory in Neurobiology (Spring)
  • NSC 301 (Fall)/NSC 302 (Spring): Senior Seminar in Neuroscience (2 credits)

Note: NSC 201, NSC 201P, and STT 212 must be completed before NSC 203 is taken.

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Neuroscience Electives

Student need to take three neuroscience electives, one from Group A, one from Group B, and one from either a Group A, B or C. Graduate courses (400- and 500-level) are available only to seniors with excellent academic records. These courses may not be available every year, and permission of the instructor is required.

Group A:

  • NSC 243/BCS 243: Neurochemical Foundations of Behavior (Fall)
  • NSC 249/BCS 249: Developmental Neurobiology (Spring)
  • IND 447: Signal Transduction (Spring)

Group B:

  • NSC 241: Neurons, Circuits, & Systems (Fall, annual)
  • NSC 244/BCS 244: Neuroethology (Spring)
  • NSC 245/BCS 245: Sensory and Motor Neuroscience (Spring)
  • NSC 248/BCS 248: Neuroeconomics (not offered after Fall 2017)

Group C:

  • NSC 242/BCS 242: Neuropsychology (Fall)
  • NSC 246/BCS 246: Biology of Mental Disorders (Spring)
  • NSC 247/BCS 247: Topics in Computational Neuroscience (Spring)
  • BME 415: Neuroscience of Neuroprosthetics (Spring)
  • BCS 508: Cognitive Neuroscience (Fall)
  • BCS 513: Intro to fMRI (Fall)

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Allied Fields

CHM 131: Chemical Concepts, Systems, and Practices I (Fall)
CHM 132: Chemical Concepts, Systems, and Practices II (Spring)

One of the following:

  • CHM 203/207: Organic Chemistry I with Lab (Fall)
  • CHM 171/173: First Year Organic Chemistry I with Lab (Fall)

One of the following:

  • CHM 204/208: Organic Chemistry II with Lab (Spring)
  • CHM 172/210: First Year Organic Chemistry II with Lab (Spring)

One of the following sequences:

  • MTH 141 Calculus I (Fall/Spring) and MTH 142 Calculus II (Fall/Spring) [MTH 143 recommended]
  • MTH 161 Calculus IA (Fall/Spring) and MTH 162 Calculus IIA (Fall/Spring)
  • MTH 171 Honors Calculus I (Fall) and MTH 172 Honors Calculus II (Spring)

Two of the following:

  • PHY 113: General Physics I (Fall/Spring) or PHY 121: Mechanics (Spring)
  • PHY 114: General Physics II (Fall/Spring) or PHY 122: Electricity and Magnetism (Fall)

One of the following:

  • STT 212: Applied Statistics for Biological and Physical Sciences I (Fall/Spring)
  • STT 214: Biostatistics (Spring)

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Upper-Level Writing Requirement

Successful completion of the NSC 203 laboratory and the senior seminar will satisfy the upper-level writing requirement for the neuroscience major.

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