The Program

The Program

The Program in Neuroscience consists of five courses including an introductory course, three electives, and a senior course. In addition, students are required to take two courses, Biology 101 and Psychology 101, as part of the program.

Neuroscience (Neuroscience 201) is the basic course and provides the background for other neuroscience courses. Ideally, this will be taken in the sophomore year. Either Biology 101 or Psychology 101 serves as the prerequisite. Electives are designed to provide in-depth coverage including laboratory experience in specific areas of neuroscience. At least one elective course is required from among those cross-listed in Biology (Group A) and at last one is required from among those cross-listed in Psychology (Group B). The third elective course may also come from Group A or Group B, or may be selected from other neuroscience related courses upon approval of the advisory committee. Topics in Neuroscience (Neuroscience 401) is designed to provide an integrative culminating experience. Students take this course in the senior year.

The Degree with Honors in Neuroscience

The degree with Honors in Neuroscience provides students with the opportunity to undertake an original research project under the supervision of one or more of the Neuroscience faculty. In addition to completing the requirements of the Neuroscience Program, candidates for an honors degree must enroll in Neuroscience 493-W31-494 and write a thesis based on an original research project. Presentation of a thesis, however, should not be interpreted as a guarantee of a degree with honors. Students interested in pursuing an honors project should contact the Neuroscience Advisory Committee in the spring of their junior year.

Required Courses

BIOL 101 The Cell
PSYC101 Introductory Psychology
(Both of these courses should be completed by the end of the sophomore year.)
NSCI 201/BIOL 212/PSYC 212 Neuroscience
NSCI 401 Topics in Neuroscience

Students can check with the Neuroscience Program Chair to see if other courses not listed here might count as electives.

Electives

Three elective courses are required. At least one elective must be from Group A and at least one elective must be from Group B. The third elective may come from either Group A or Group B or the student may wish to petition the advisory committee to substitute a related course.

Group A

BIOL/NSCI 304 Neurobiology
BIOL/NSCI 310 Neural Development
BIOL 407/NSCI 347 Neurobiology of Emotion

Group B

PSYC/NSCI 315 Hormones and Behavior
PSYC/NSCI 316 Clinical Neuroscience
PSYC 317T/NSCI 317T Nature via Nurture: Explorations in Developmental Psychobiology
PSYC/NSCI 318/INTR 223 Image, Imaging and Imagining: The Brain and Visual Arts