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The science of neuroscience is expanding daily, as ever more new data, ideas, theories and hypotheses fill the intellectual coffers of the curious student. Consequently, courses in the neurosciences, broadly defined, encompass material from basic behavioral analyses, in invertebrate and vertebrate alike, to the study of the neuron in all its glory, and the genes and messages and proteins that make it all happen. It is the recognition of the many forces that shape the burgeoning literature and knowledge base in neuroscience — the inter- and multidisciplinary nature that defines the field — that produces the diversity of course offerings in the discipline.

Coupled to the many fascinating courses available in the area, students in neuroscience at the University of Richmond are heartily encouraged to do research. Being able to pursue one’s ideas is an amazing opportunity. To go from wondering to doing is a major accomplishment. The neurosciences at Richmond are defined by eager and supportive mentors, experts in their own right.  With cutting-edge equipment, the likes of which are routinely found on larger, less undergraduate-focused institutions, the Richmond student can not only consume information, in the challenging courses that embrace the promise of neuroscience, but also create information, in the form of original research projects. It is a heady time, and a great opportunity, to be interested in neuroscience—especially at a place like the University of Richmond.

First-year students are encouraged to investigate the University's new integrated quantitative (IQ) science course, a year-long class team taught by 10 professors that combines material from the introductory courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science.

BIOL 199 Introduction to Biological Thinking
BIOL 201 Genetics
BIOL 205 Cell Biology
BIOL 225 Evolution
BIOL 230 Ecology
BIOL 229 Microbiology
BIOL 235 Physiology
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 350 Undergraduate Research
BIOL 351 Special Topics: Biology of Neurodegenerative Disease
BIOL 352 Evolutionary Developmental Biology
BIOL 395 Honors Research
CHEM 141 Introductory Chemistry: Structure, Dynamics and Synthesis
CHEM 205-206 Organic Chemistry
MATH 211-212 or 231-232 Calculus I and II
PHYS 132 General Physics with Calculus II
PHYS 133 Atomic and Sub-Atomic Physics
PHYS 134 Biological Physics
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychological Science
PSYC 200 Methods and Analyses
PSYC 331 Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYC 333 Cognitive Science
PSYC 341 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 361 Independent Research
PSYC 440 Advanced Neuroscience
PSYC 441 Clinical Neuroscience
PSYC 442 The Neurobiology of Relationships
PSYC 449 Advanced Seminar
PSYC 461/462 Senior Research
PSYC 491/492 Senior Honors