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Undergraduate Programs

Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Example BA Course Schedules

Students can build their programs of concentrations 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)
Freshman Year
Fall

BCS 110: Neural Foundations of Behavior

BIO 110: Principles of Biology I

2 elective(s) or cluster course(s)

WRT 105: Primary Writing Requirement

3 elective(s) or cluster course(s)

Freshman Year
Spring

BCS 111: Foundations of Cognitive Science

BIO 111: Principles of Biology II

WRT 105: Primary Writing Requirement

1 elective or cluster course

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 course

BCS 110: Neural Foundations of Behavior

STT 212: Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences

2 elective(s) or cluster course(s)

Sophomore Year
Spring

BCS 153: Cognition

STT 212: Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences

2 elective(s) or cluster course(s)

BCS 111: Foundations of Cognitive Science

BCS 172: Development of Mind and Brain

CSC 161: Art of Programming *

1 elective or cluster course

Junior Year
Fall

BCS 240: Basic Neurobiology

BCS 204: Lab in Cognitive Neuroscience

2 elective(s) or cluster course(s)

BCS 151: Perception and Action

BCS 152: Language and Psycholinguistics

2 elective(s) or cluster course(s)

Junior Year
Spring

BCS 246: Biology of Mental Disorders

3 elective(s) or cluster course(s)

BCS 153: Cognition

BCS 259: Language Development

2 elective(s) or cluster course(s)

Senior Year
Fall

BCS 242: Neuropsychology

3 elective(s) or cluster course(s)

BCS 205: Lab in Development

BCS 242: Neuropsychology

2 elective(s) or cluster course(s)

Senior Year
Spring

BCS 245: Sensory and Motor Neuroscience

BCS 310: Senior Seminar

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

BCS 221: Auditory Perception

BCS 310: Senior Seminar

2 or 3 elective(s) or cluster course(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 at least one semester of programming.