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.
- Chemistry (choose one of the options below; additional information regarding Chemistry courses may be found on the Department of Chemistry web page)
- General Chemistry
- Accelerated General Chemistry
- Advanced General Chemistry
- For ISP Students
- CHEM 125-0
- 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
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 - Physiology or BIOL_SCI 201-0 - Molecular Biology
- NEUROSCI 202-0 - Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience Available to declared neuroscience majors only!
- NEUROSCI 206-0 - Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience
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.
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).
- NEUROSCI 206-0 -Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience - Available to declared neuroscience majors only!
- Two Neuroscience electives with a primary focus on human behavior and the human brain
- Two Neuroscience electives with a primary focus on molecular, cellular, and systems level mechanisms of brain function
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to list when you are available to meet with an adviser. Back to top