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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

BCSC 110 : Neural Foundations of Behavior

BIOL 110: Principles of Biology I

2 elective (s) or cluster race (s)

WRTG 105: Primary Writing Requirement

3 elective (s) or cluster race (s)

First Year
Spring

BCSC 111 : Foundations of Cognitive Science

BIOL 111: Principles of Biology II

WRTG 105: Primary Writing Requirement

1 elective or cluster race

4 elective (s) or cluster course (s)

Sophomore Year
Fall

BCSC 151 : Perception and Action

BCSC 152 : Language and Psycholinguistics

1CSC 161: Art of Programming *

1 elective or cluster race

BCSC 110 : Neural Foundations of Behavior

STAT 212: Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences

2 elective (s) or cluster race (s)

Sophomore Year
Spring

BCSC 153 : Cognition

STAT 212: Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences

2 elective (s) or cluster race (s)

BCSC 111 : Foundations of Cognitive Science

BCSC 172 : Development of Mind and Brain

1CSC 161: Art of Programming *

1 elective or cluster race

Junior Year
Fall

BCSC 240 : Basic Neurobiology

BCSC 204 : Lab in Cognitive Neuroscience

2 elective (s) or cluster race (s)

BCSC 151 : Perception and Action

BCSC 152 : Language and Psycholinguistics

2 elective (s) or cluster race (s)

Junior Year
Spring

BCSC 246 : Biology of Mental Disorders

3 elective (s) or cluster race (s)

BCSC 153 : Cognition

BCSC 259 : Language Development

2 elective (s) or cluster race (s)

Senior Year
Fall

BCSC 242 : Neuropsychology

3 elective (s) or cluster race (s)

BCSC 205 : Lab in Development

BCSC 242 : Neuropsychology

2 elective (s) or cluster race (s)

Senior Year
Spring

BCSC 245 : Sensory and Motor Neuroscience

BCSC 310 : Senior Seminar

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

BCSC 221 : Auditory Perception

BCSC 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.