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Neuroscience Concentration

Neuroscience is expanding so rapidly both at the University and national levels, opportunities for students in the neuroscience field are growing as well: research opportunities are becoming more varied, graduate programs are becoming more competitive and career options are more numerous in response to this growth.

Neuroscience students can choose to major in either biology or psychology. Regardless of whether they approach the study of the brain from the perspective of the natural sciences or social sciences, students are guaranteed a research-intensive experience that puts them in close proximity to passionate faculty members who are dedicated to preparing their students for challenging careers in a constantly changing field. Students benefit from diverse courses based in both biology and psychology, highly equipped laboratories and the potential to do independent research as early as their first year on campus.

With a background in neuroscience, students are prepared for a multitude of careers, in the sciences and beyond. Each year, neuroscience students successfully gain admission to medical, dental and veterinary school and pursue careers in fields like pharmaceuticals, scientific journalism, research and the law.

Neuroscience

Interdisciplinary Concentration in Neuroscience for Biology, Psychology, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Majors

Majors in biology, psychology, or biochemistry and molecular biology with a special interest in neurobiology or behavioral neuroscience may apply to pursue an interdisciplinary concentration in neuroscience. Because of the scheduling demands of the concentration, students are strongly encouraged to declare as early as possible (fall of sophomore year is suggested).

Students are expected to fulfill all prerequisites necessary for courses within the major. Prerequisites do not count toward the major unless otherwise noted.

Designated Courses for Biology Majors

16.5 units, including

BIOL 199 Introduction to Biological Thinking or BIOL 190 Integrated Science/Math/Computer Science 1 with Laboratory 1 or BIOL 192 Science, Math and Research Training I

BIOL 200 Integrated Biological Principles I

BIOL 202 Integrated Biological Principles II

Five additional units of biology approved for the major, four of which are at the 300 level, 3 of which are chosen from the list below, and four of which must have a lab. Students with one unit of research may take three of the five with a lab. The one unit of research may be satisfied by BIOL 350 (taken twice for 0.5 U each), BIOL 395 (1 Unit) or completion of BIOL 406 (summer undergraduate research) or by the dept chair's approval of an external summer research program.

BIOL 308 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy with Lab
BIOL 311 Microanatomy with Lab
BIOL 312 Developmental Biology with Lab
BIOL 317 Mechanochemical Cell Biology with Lab
BIOL 338 Comparative Animal Physiology with Lab
BIOL 343 Neurobiology with Lab
BIOL 344 Behavioral Ecology with Lab
BIOL 345 Cellular Neurophysiology with Lab
BIOL 351 Special Topics (requires Neuroscience program approval)
BIOL 352 Evolutionary Developmental Biology with Lab
BIOL 354 Biological Basis of Neurodegenerative Diseases with Laboratory

CHEM 141 Introductory Chemistry or CHEM 191 Integrated Science/Math/Computer Science 3 with Laboratory or CHEM 192 Science, Math and Research Training II with Laboratory
CHEM 205 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 206 Organic Chemistry II
MATH 212 Calculus II or MATH 232 Scientific Calculus II

Quantitative-physical science, one unit chosen from:

CMSC 150 Introduction to Computing
CMSC 155 Introduction to Scientific Computing
CMSC 221 Data Structures with Lab
CMSC 222 Discrete Structures for Computing with Lab
MATH 209 Introduction to Statistical Modeling
MATH 219 Introduction to the Design of Experiments
MATH 330 Mathematical Statistics
PHYS 127 General Physics 1 or PHYS 131 General Physics with Calculus I
PHYS 128 General Physics 2 or PHYS 132 General Physics with Calculus II
BIOL 320 Experimental Design and Biostatistics (may count only for quantitative physical science requirement or 300 level additional unit in biology, but not both)

Completion of the 2 semester IQS course meets the quantitative-physical science requirement for the BS degree

PSYC 200 Methods and Analyses*

Two units of neuroscience-related psychology, chosen from:

PSYC 331 Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYC 333 Cognitive Science
PSYC 341 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 442 The Neurobiology of Relationships
PSYC 444 Clinical Case Studies
Approved 400-level seminar (requires Neuroscience program approval)

One half unit of an approved research project in neuroscience, chosen from:

BIOL 350 Undergraduate Research
BIOL 395 Honors Research

*Students who are pursuing the neuroscience concentration may request to bypass the PSYC 100 pre-requisite for the PSYC 200 course. Please make requests to the Chair of the Psychology Department.

Designated Courses for Psychology Majors

18 units, including

PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychological Science
PSYC 200 Methods and Analyses
PSYC 331 Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYC 341 Cognitive Neuroscience
Two units of PSYC 361 Independent Research
Two units of senior research, chosen from:

PSYC 461/PSYC 462 Senior Research
PSYC 491/PSYC 492 Senior Honors

Two units of 400-level seminar
MATH 211-MATH 212 or MATH 232 Calculus I and II
BIOL 200 Integrated Biological Principles I
BIOL 202 Integrated Biological Principles II

One unit, chosen from:

BIOL 308 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIOL 311 Microanatomy
BIOL 312 Developmental Biology
BIOL 317 Mechanochemical Cell Biology with Lab
BIOL 338 Comparative Animal Physiology
BIOL 343 Neurobiology
BIOL 344 Behavioral Ecology
BIOL 345 Cellular Neurophysiology
BIOL 351 Special Topics (requires departmental approval)
BIOL 352 Evolutionary Developmental Biology
BIOL 354 Biological Basis of Neurodegenerative Diseases with Laboratory

CHEM 141 Introductory Chemistry: Structure, Dynamics and Synthesis
CHEM 205 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 206 Organic Chemistry II

Designated Courses for Biochemistry Majors

Note: A grade of C- (1.7) or better is required in each chemistry and biology course applied toward the major.

For the Bachelor of Science degree:

17-17.25 units including

BIOL 199 Introduction to Biological Thinking or BIOL 190 Integrated Science/Math/Computer Science 1 with Laboratory 1 or BIOL 192 Science, Math and Research Training I
BIOL 200 Integrated Biological Principles I
BIOL 202 Integrated Biological Principles II
BMB 300 Junior Seminar
CHEM 141 Introductory Chemistry: Structure, Dynamics and Synthesis
CHEM 205-CHEM 206 Organic Chemistry
CHEM 309 Physical Chemistry
CHEM 324 Experimental Biochemistry
CHEM 325 Experimental Biophysical Chemistry
CHEM 326 Biochemistry

Two units of neuroscience-related biology courses, chosen from:

BIOL 317 Mechanochemical Cell Biology
BIOL 343 Neurobiology
BIOL 345 Cellular Neurophysiology
BIOL 352 Evolutionary Developmental Biology
BIOL 354 Biological Basis of Neurodegenerative Diseases with Laboratory

Two senior seminars, to include the presentation of a research topic, chosen from

BMB 310 Senior Seminar I
BMB 311 Senior Seminar II

MATH 212 or MATH 232 Calculus II

PHYS 127 or PHYS 131 General Physics I

One unit in physics, chosen from

PHYS 132 General Physics II
PSYC 200 Methods and Analyses*

One unit of neuroscience-related psychology, chosen from

PSYC 331 Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYC 333 Cognitive Science
PSYC 341 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 440 Advanced Neuroscience
PSYC 442 The Neurobiology of Relationships
Approved 400-level seminar**

One unit of neuroscience-related research in biology or chemistry or an approved experience** that culminates in a written report or poster presentation

*Students who are pursuing the neuroscience concentration may request to bypass the PSYC 100 pre-requisite for the PSYC 200 course. Please make requests to the Chair of the Psychology Department.

**Approvals for these classes must be requested in writing to the BMB Committee.