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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 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 (24 hours)

BIO 111Foundations of Evolution and Diversity

4(3-3)

BIO 112Foundations of Cell Biology

4(3-3)

BIO 211Foundations of Genetics

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 (8 hours)

 
CHM 131General Chemistry I

4(3-3)

CHM 132General Chemistry II

4(3-3)

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

Select CHM 342 for 4 hours OR CHM 345, 346, and 349 for 8 hours, OR CHM 343, 348, and 349 for 8 hours:

CHM 342Survey of Organic Chemistry

4(3-3)

CHM 343Organic Chemistry I: Foundations

4(4-0)

CHM 345Organic Chemistry I

3(3-0)

CHM 346Organic Chemistry II

3(3-0)

CHM 348Organic Chemistry II: Bioorganic

2(2-0)

CHM 349Organic Chemistry Laboratory

2(0-6)

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)

Track A Electives (12 hours)

If selecting Track A - General (above):

Select courses from the elective lists below for a total of 12 hours, with at least 3 credits from Electives I and at least 6 credits from Electives II. Students are encouraged to consult with a neuroscience advisor to select the appropriate courses for intended career path.

Electives I

BIO 208Microbiology

4(3-3)

BIO 325Biotechnology

3(1-5)

BIO 403WIUndergraduate Research

3-4(Spec)

BIO 537Immunology

3(3-0)

BIO 544Developmental Biology

4(3-3)

BIO 545Molecular Genetics

3(3-0)

BIO 546Molecular Genetics Laboratory

1(0-3)

BIO 570Medical Cell Biology

3-4(Spec)

CHM 421Introductory Biochemistry for Health Sciences

3(3-0)

CHM 520Introductory Biochemistry

3(3-0)

CHM 521Biochemistry I

3(3-0)

NSC 496Neuroscience Directed Research

1-6(Spec)

PSY 496Directed Research

1-6(Spec)

Notes:

  • Students who choose BIO 546 must also take BIO 545.
  • Students may only count one of CHM 421 or 520 or 521. CHM 421, 520 , 521 can count for either Electives I or II, but not both.
  • Up to 3 credits of NSC 496 or BIO 403WI or PSY 496 can count toward the major.

Electives II

CHM 421Introductory Biochemistry for Health Sciences

3(3-0)

CHM 520Introductory Biochemistry

3(3-0)

CHM 521Biochemistry I

3(3-0)

HSC 214Human Anatomy

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 587Physiological Psychology

3(3-0)

Note: CHM 421, 520 , 521 can count for either Electives I or II, but not both.

Track B Electives (6 hours)

If selecting Track B - Graduate Preparation (above): Select 6 credits from the following courses. Students are encouraged to consult with a neuroscience advisor to select the appropriate courses for your intended career path.
BIO 325Biotechnology

3(1-5)

BIO 591Neurophysiology

3(3-0)

CHM 421Introductory Biochemistry for Health Sciences

3(3-0)

CHM 520Introductory Biochemistry

3(3-0)

CHM 521Biochemistry I

3(3-0)

HSC 214Human Anatomy

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 587Physiological Psychology

3(3-0)

PSY 588Functional Neuroanatomy

3(3-0)

Note: Students may only count one of CHM 421 or CHM 520 or CHM 521.

Total: 56-61 semester hours