Undergraduate Programs

Neuroscience

BS Degree in Biological Sciences

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:

One of the following:

Plus BIO 117P: Introductory Biology Lab

One of the following:

Note: The genetics lab (BIO 198P) is recommended but not required.

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Biology Diversification Electives

Students are required to take two electives. These courses must be chosen from within the biological sciences, but from outside the neuroscience curriculum. Each biology diversification elective must be 200-level or higher and at least four credits. 

While most courses with BIO course numbers are eligible, as well as other biology tracks such as MBI and BCH, students must confirm their choices with an advisor. Courses which are NOT eligible include BIO 208, BIO 214, BIO 256, BIO 270W, BIO 272W, and BIO 275W. 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:

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:

Group B:

Group C:

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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:

One of the following:

One of the following sequences:

Two of the following:

One of the following:

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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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