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, followed by the two Core courses, NEUROSCI 202-0 and NEUROSCI 206-0.
- Chemistry (choose one of the options below; additional information regarding Chemistry courses may be found on the Department of Chemistry web page)
- General Chemistry
- CHEM 110-0; CHEM 131-0 and CHEM 132-0; CHEM 141-0 and CHEM 142-0 or
- Accelerated General Chemistry
- CHEM 151-0 and CHEM 152-0; CHEM 161-0 and CHEM 162-0 or
- Advanced General Chemistry
- CHEM 171-0 and CHEM 172-0; CHEM 181-0 and CHEM 182-0 or
- CHEM 1x0, 1x1, 1x2 and 0.34 credit lab courses, 11x, 12x (awarded for AP credit. See the Department of Chemistry web page for details) and
- General Chemistry
- MATH 220-0 and MATH 224-0, or equivalent
Other good choices for first year students include:
Computer Programming, Statistics, and/or PSYCH 110-0 (if you are planning to take it)
- BIOL_SCI 217-0
- NEUROSCI 202-0
- NEUROSCI 206-0
The required Physics courses can be completed any time before graduation though many students find that it fits best in their junior year.
Second year is also a good time to begin Allied Field courses that are pre-requisites for others that you plan to take. See Allied Field pages to identify courses that you may want to take; courses that are common pre-requisites for later courses are listed separately at the top of each page. Pre-requisites 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.