The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in neuroscience are as follows:
I. Specific degree requirements (52-56 credit hours)
A. Core curriculum in neuroscience (9 hours):
||Introduction to Neuroscience
||Neuroscience Seminar (three semesters)
||Neuroscience Capstone Seminar
B. Supporting courses in biology (12 hours):
||Integrative Biology I
||Introductory Biology Laboratory
||Cells and Cell Systems
||Cell Systems Laboratory
||Genes, Phenotypes, and Evolutionary Dynamics
C. Supporting courses in chemistry (8 hours):
||Introduction to Analytical Methods
||Laboratory Methods in Organic Chemistry
D. Supporting courses in psychology (11 hours):
||Principles of Psychology
||Statistics and Methods I
||Statistics and Methods II
E. Four elective courses from the following (12-16 hours).
Students must, in consultation with a Neuroscience advisor, develop a program of study, provide a written articulation of their academic and vocational goals, and discuss how their proposed program of study will move them toward these goals. The program of study will be presented to the committee when the major is declared. The committee will approve the program or suggest changes.
||Advanced Interdisciplinary Topics: Neurochemistry
||Research in Neuroscience
||Philosophy of Mind
||Philosophy of Science
||Principles of Biophysics
||Fundamentals of Cognition
||Sensation and Perception
||Principles of Learning
||Memory and Cognition
II. University Requirements: completion of all other required elements of the Pathways curriculum and at least 120 credit hours.
Guidelines for Acceptance of Majors
Full acceptance in the major is granted when the following requirements are met:
- Completion of NEUR 2310/2110 and PSYC 2401 with grades of C or better in each class.
- Completion of BIOL 1311/1111 and CHEM 1318/1118 with grades of C- or better in each class.
- An overall grade point average of at least 2.0.
A student may not earn a major in Neuroscience and another major in Biology. A student may not earn a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Psychology. If a student wishes to major in both Neuroscience and Psychology, a maximum of two Psychology elective courses can be used to satisfy requirements for the Neuroscience major.
To be eligible for graduation with Honors in Neuroscience, students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.33 in all courses taken prior to the semester before graduation, a grade point average in neuroscience courses (core and supporting) of at least 3.50, and “A” in NEUR 4395 and NEUR 4396.
To apply for graduation with Honors in Neuroscience, students should address a written request for consideration to the Faculty Advisory Committee. The request must be received no later than the first full week of the student’s final semester before graduation. The decision to confer or not to confer Honors will be made by the Faculty Advisory Committee and the Research Supervisor and will be based on the quality of the written thesis and its oral presentation in a colloquium.