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Undergraduate Programs

Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Example BA Course Schedules

Students can build their programs of concentration in a variety of ways. We illustrate here just two possibilities, one for a student who pursues a track in behavioral neurobiology, and another for a student who starts in the program at a later stage, and pursues a track in language and development.

SemesterBA Program
(with track in behavioral neurobiology)
Late Start BA Program
(with track in language and development)
First Year
Fall

BCS 110 : Neural Foundations of Behavior

BIO 110: Principles of Biology I

2 elective (s) or cluster race (s)

WRT 105: Primary Writing Requirement

3 elective (s) or cluster race (s)

First Year
Spring

BCS 111 : Foundations of Cognitive Science

BIO 111: Principles of Biology II

WRT 105: Primary Writing Requirement

1 elective or cluster race

4 elective (s) or cluster course (s)

Sophomore Year
Fall

BCS 151 : Perception and Action

BCS 152 : Language and Psycholinguistics

CSC 161: Art of Programming *

1 elective or cluster race

BCS 110 : Neural Foundations of Behavior

STT 212: Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences

2 elective (s) or cluster race (s)

Sophomore Year
Spring

BCS 153 : Cognition

STT 212: Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences

2 elective (s) or cluster race (s)

BCS 111 : Foundations of Cognitive Science

BCS 172 : Development of Mind and Brain

CSC 161: Art of Programming *

1 elective or cluster race

Junior Year
Fall

BCS 240 : Basic Neurobiology

BCS 204 : Lab in Cognitive Neuroscience

2 elective (s) or cluster race (s)

BCS 151 : Perception and Action

BCS 152 : Language and Psycholinguistics

2 elective (s) or cluster race (s)

Junior Year
Spring

BCS 246 : Biology of Mental Disorders

3 elective (s) or cluster race (s)

BCS 153 : Cognition

BCS 259 : Language Development

2 elective (s) or cluster race (s)

Senior Year
Fall

BCS 242 : Neuropsychology

3 elective (s) or cluster race (s)

BCS 205 : Lab in Development

BCS 242 : Neuropsychology

2 elective (s) or cluster race (s)

Senior Year
Spring

BCS 245 : Sensory and Motor Neuroscience

BCS 310 : Senior Seminar

2 or 3 elective (s) or cluster race (s)

BCS 221 : Auditory Perception

BCS 310 : Senior Seminar

2 or 3 elective (s) or cluster race (s)

 * While computer programming is not required for the BA degree, students who are interested in BCS research or graduate school are strongly recommended to take a course in programming.