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Neuroscience Major, B.S.

B.S. degree
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Neuroscience is the study of the structure and function of the nervous system and addresses questions spanning from the cellular and molecular level to cognition and behavior. This multidisciplinary major integrates courses in biology, chemistry, health sciences, and psychology. Track A (General) provides students with more flexibility in electives. Track B (Graduate Preparation) prepares students to pursue graduate school in neuroscience and requires a research project under the supervision of a neuroscience program faculty member.  Students should meet with a neuroscience advisor in their first year to make a four-year plan.

Program Requirements

Core Courses I (16 hours)

BIO 110Concepts of Biology

4(3-3)

BIO 392Mammalian Physiology

4(3-3)

BIO 487/PSY 487Neuroscience Seminar

1-2(Spec)

PSY 100Introduction to Psychology

3(3-0)

PSY 387Behavioral Neuroscience

3(3-0)

Note: For BIO 487/PSY 487, two semesters are required, for a maximum of two credits.

Core Courses II (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

BIO 500Biological Statistics

3(2-2)

HSC 544Biostatistics

3(2-1)

PSY 211QRIntroduction to Psychological Statistics

3(3-0)

Other Requirements I: General Chemistry (5-9 hours)

Select one of the following options:

Option A (5 hours)

CHM 120Survey of Chemistry

4(4-0)

CHM 127Introductory Chemistry Laboratory

1(0-2)

Option B (8 hours)

CHM 131General Chemistry I

4(3-3)

CHM 132General Chemistry II

4(3-3)

Option C (9 hours)

CHM 161Principles of Chemistry

5(4-4)

CHM 211QRQuantitative Analysis

4(2-6)

Other Requirements II: Organic Chemistry (4-8 hours)

Select one of the following options:

Option A (4 hours)

CHM 342Survey of Organic Chemistry

4(3-3)

Option B (8 hours)

CHM 345Organic Chemistry I

3(3-0)

CHM 346Organic Chemistry II

3(3-0)

CHM 349Organic Chemistry Laboratory

2(0-6)

Other Requirements III: Biochemistry (3-6 hours)

Select one of the following options:

Option A (3 hours)

CHM 421Introductory Biochemistry for Health Sciences

3(3-0)

Option B (3 hours)

CHM 425Introductory Biochemistry

3(3-0)

Option C (6 hours)

CHM 521Biochemistry I

3(3-0)

CHM 522Biochemistry II

3(3-0)

Neuroscience Tracks

Select one of the following tracks:

Track A - General (6 hours)

The General Track is for students who desire more flexibility in the choice of electives.

Required Courses
BIO 591Neurophysiology

3(3-0)

PSY 588Functional Neuroanatomy

3(3-0)

Track B - Graduate Preparation (11 hours)

The Graduate Preparation Track is for students who plan to attend a professional graduate school upon graduation that will necessitate both a solid background and research experience.

Required Courses I (8 hours)
NSC 501Principles of Neuroscience I

4(4-0)

NSC 502Principles of Neuroscience II

4(4-0)

Required Courses II (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

BIO 403WIUndergraduate Research

3-4(Spec)

NSC 496Neuroscience Directed Research

1-6(Spec)

PSY 496Directed Research

1-6(Spec)

Electives (10-15 hours)

If selecting Track A – General (above): Select at least two courses from each of the Elective groups below, plus one more from either group, in consultation with and the approval of your advisor, for a total of 15 hours.

If selecting Track B – Graduate Preparation (above): Select at least one course from each of the Elective Groups below, plus one more from either group, in consultation with and the approval of your advisor, for a total of 10 hours.

Electives I

BIO 208Microbiology

4(3-3)

BIO 324Eukaryotic Cell Biology

3(3-0)

BIO 330Light Microscopy

3(2-2)

BIO 337Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

4(3-3)

BIO 534Endocrinology

3(3-0)

BIO 552Scanning Electron Microscope Technique

4(3-3)

BIO 591Neurophysiology

3(3-0)

HSC 214Human Anatomy

4(3-3)

HSC 215Human Physiology

4(3-2)

NSC 496Neuroscience Directed Research

1-6(Spec)

Note: Track A students may not choose BIO 330 or 591.

Electives II

BIO 518Animal Behavior

4(3-3)

HSC 235Psychoactive Drugs

3(3-0)

PSY 382Perception

3(3-0)

PSY 383Learning and Memory

3(3-0)

PSY 384Behavior Analysis

3(2-2)

PSY 509Behavioral Pharmacology

3(3-0)

PSY 584Cognitive Neuroscience

3(3-0)

PSY 585Psychophysiology

3(3-0)

PSY 587Physiological Psychology

3(3-0)

PSY 588Functional Neuroanatomy

3(3-0)

Note: Track A students may not choose PSY 588.

Total: 52-63 semester hours