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Undergraduate Programs

Neuroscience

BS Degree in Biological Sciences

These requirements apply to all students in the Class of 2023 and beyond. Students in the Class of 2019 and 2020 must follow the previous requirements. Students in the Class of 2021 and 2022 are encouraged to complete the new requirements, but may opt in to the previous requirements.

Twenty courses (some with companion labs) are required to complete the Neuroscience major. Independent study credits (e.g., NSC 395) may not be substituted for any major requirements.

 


Introductory Biology Courses (4 courses)

One of the following:

  • BIO 110: Principles of Biology I (Spring)
  • BIO 110L: Principles of Biology I with lab (Fall)
  • BIO 112L: Perspectives in Biology I with lab (Fall)

One of the following:

  • BIO 111L: Principles of Biology II with lab (Spring)
  • BIO 113L: Perspectives in Biology I with lab (Spring)

One of the following:

  • BIO 190L: Genetics & the Human Genome with lab (Fall)
  • BIO 198L: Principles of Genetics with lab (Fall)

Required:

  • BIO 250L Introduction to Biochemistry with lab (Spring)

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Biology Diversification Course (1 course)

Students are required to take one biology diversification elective. This course must be chosen from within the biological sciences, but from outside the neuroscience curriculum. The diversification elective must be 200-level or higher and 4 credits.

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Neuroscience Core Courses (3 courses + 1 lab)

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

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Neuroscience Electives (4 courses)

  • NSC 241: Neurons, Circuits, & Systems (Fall)
  • NSC 242: Neuropsychology (Fall)
  • NSC 243: Neurochemical Foundations of Behavior (Fall)
  • NSC 244: Neuroethology (Spring)
  • NSC 245: Sensory & Motor Neuroscience (Spring)
  • NSC 246: Biology of Mental Disorders (Spring)
  • NSC 247: Topics in Computational Neuroscience (Spring)
  • NSC 249: Developmental Neurobiology (Spring)
  • BME 415: Neuroscience of Neuroprosthetics (Spring)
  • IND 447: Signal Transduction (Spring)
  • BCS 508: Cognitive Neuroscience (Fall)
  • BCS 513: Intro to fMRI (Fall)

For breadth in the discipline, students are recommended to take at least one cellular/molecular neuroscience course (NSC 243 or 249) and at least one systems neuroscience course (NSC 241 or 245). 400- and 500-level courses require permission of the instructor to enroll and may not be offered every year.

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Allied Fields (8 courses)

Both of the following general chemistry courses:

  • CHM 131: Chemical Concepts I (Fall)
  • CHM 132: Chemical Concepts II (Fall)

One of the following organic chemistry I courses:

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

One of the following statistics courses:

  • STT 212: Applied Statistics I (Fall & Spring)
  • STT 214: Biostatistics (Spring)

Four additional allied field courses, chosen from at least two of the following categories:

Chemistry

  • CHM 204/208: Organic Chemistry II with lab (Spring)
  • CHM 211: Inorganic Chemistry (Fall)

Math

  • MTH 141/161/171: Calculus I (141/161 Fall & Spring, 171 Fall)
  • MTH 142/162/172: Calculus II (142/162 Fall & Spring, 172 Spring)
  • MTH 150: Discrete Mathematics (Fall & Spring)
  • MTH 164: Multidimensional Calculus (Fall & Spring)
  • MTH 165: Linear Algebra with Differential Equations (Fall & Spring)
  • MTH 218: Intro to Mathematical Models in Life Science (Spring)

Physics

  • PHY 113/121/141: General Physics I/Mechanics (113 Fall & Spring, 121 Spring, 141 Fall)
  • PHY 114/122/142: General Physics II/Electricity & Magnetism (114 Fall & Spring, 122/142 Fall)
  • PHY 123/143: Waves & Modern Physics (Spring)

Statistics

  • STT 216: Applied Statistics II (Spring)
  • STT 218: Intro to Categorical Data Analysis (Fall)
  • STT 201: Intro to Probability (Fall & Spring)
  • STT 203: Intro to Mathematical Statistics (Spring)
  • STT 276: Statistical Computing in R (Spring)

Programming

  • BIO 208: Intro to Programming for Biology (Fall)
  • CSC 161: Intro to Programming (Fall & Spring)
  • CSC 171: Intro to Computer Science (Fall & Spring)
  • CSC 172: Data Structures & Algorithms (Fall & Spring)

Data Science

  • DSC 262: Computational Intro to Statistics (Fall)
  • DSC 265: Intermediate Statistical & Computational Methods (Spring)

Applied Ethics

  • PHL 225: Ethical Decisions in Medicine (Spring)
  • PHL 257: Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence (Spring)
  • PHL 311: Seminar in Bioethics (Spring)
  • PHL 312: Neuroethics (Spring)

Writing

  • WRT 262: Reading & Writing about Research in the Social, Natural, & Applied Sciences (Spring)
  • WRT 265: Argument & Evidence Across Contexts (Fall)
  • WRT 282: Research Methods, Writing Studies (Spring)

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Upper-level Writing Requirement

Successful completion of NSC 203 and NSC 301 or 302 satisfies the upper-level writing requirement for the Neuroscience major.

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