The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in neuroscience are as follows:
I. Specific degree requirements (52-57 credit hours)
A. Core curriculum in neuroscience (8 hours):
||Introduction to Neuroscience
||Neuroscience Seminar (four semesters)
B. Supporting courses in biology (8 hours):
||Integrative Biology I
||Introductory Biology Laboratory
||Cells and Cell Systems
||Cell Systems Laboratory
C. Supporting courses in chemistry (8 hours):
||Chemistry in the Modern World
||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 suggested changes.
||Advanced Interdisciplinary Topics: Neurochemistry
||Research in Neuroscience
||Philosophy of Mind
||Philosophy of Science
||An Introduction to Biophysics
||Fundamentals of Cognition
||Sensation and Perception
||Memory and Cognition
II. University Requirements: completion of all other required elements of the Pathways curriculum and at least 124 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, BIOL 1311/1111, CHEM 1318/1118, and PSYC 2401 with a grade of C or better.
- An overall grade point average of at least 2.0.
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 BIOL 4398 and 4399 or PSYC 4395 and 4396 (thesis research in Biology or Psychology).
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.