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First-Year Focus

Getting started in the major

Students interested in Neuroscience typically should complete the Chemistry and Math requirements listed under Related Courses in their first year (see Neuroscience Major Requirements). Sophomores should take BIOL_SCI 217-0 or BIOL_SCI 201-0 followed by the two Core courses, NEUROSCI 202-0 and NEUROSCI 206-0.

First year:

Other good choices for first year students include:
Computer Programming, Statistics, and/or PSYCH 110-0 (if you are planning to take it)

Second year:

The required Physics courses may be completed any time before graduation though many students find that it fits best in their junior year.

Some Allied Field courses might be taken in second year, depending on your individual schedule. See Allied Field web pages to identify courses that fulfill requirements for each Allied Field. Prerequisites are also listed in CAESAR.

Advanced Placement: It is possible to test out of some Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Programming and Statistics requirements for the Neuroscience major. We defer to home departments as to what score is sufficient; for instance see the Department of Chemistry web page for information on AP credit for Chemistry. However, no AP credits will be accepted for Biological Sciences courses.

Premedical students

It is very common for students to pursue the Neuroscience major while completing a premedical curriculum. A course plan that best suits the individual student is worked out in advising. However, it is important to complete General Chemistry, first year and BIOL_SCI 217-0 in fall of 2nd year or BIOL_SCI 201-0 in spring of 2nd year if possible to ensure timely progress.


It is possible to complete a double major in Neuroscience with an Allied Field of Computation and Systems Modeling and ISP by completing the following six courses in addition to NEUROSCI 311-0 (next offered in Winter 2022).  


It is possible for students in the Honors Program in Medical Education to complete a major in Neuroscience. Please make an appointment for Neuroscience advising in first year.


Appointments for advising may be requested by emailing Please be sure to list when you are available to meet with an adviser. Back to top