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Major Requirements

The major requirements in Neuroscience consist of:

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Related coursework in other sciences

  • A General Chemistry sequence; see the Department of Chemistry web page for options
  • PHYSICS 136-1, PHYSICS 136-2 and PHYSICS 136-3
  • PHYSICS 130-1, PHYSICS 130-2, and PHYSICS 130-3 or PHYSICS 135-1, PHYSICS 135-2, and PHYSICS 135-3 or PHYSICS 140-1, PHYSICS 140-2 and PHYSICS 140-3
  • MATH 220-0 Differential Calculus and MATH 224-0 Integral Calculus, or MATH 212-0, MATH 213-0 and MATH 214-0 Advanced Conceptual Workshop
  • BIOL_SCI 217-0 Physiology
  • One Statistics course (CSD 304-0, IEMS 201-0, PSYCH 201-0, STAT 202-0, STAT 210-0, STAT 388-0)
  • Computer Programming (EECS 110-0 or EECS 111-0 or ISP 101-1, ISP 101-2 or BIOL_SCI 323-0 or ESAM 370-0)

Neuroscience Core courses (2 required)

  • NEUROSCI 202-0 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience*
  • NEUROSCI 206-0 Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience*

Projected Annual Course Plan: NEUROSCI

Neuroscience Electives (choose 4, 2 each from Group A and Group B)

Group A electives focus on human behavior and the human brain (choose 2):

  • COG SCI 210-0 Language and the Brain
  • CSD 303-0 or PSYCH 365-0 Brain and Cognition
  • CSD 310-0 Biological Foundations of Speech and Music
  • PSYCH 110-0 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYCH 218-0 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYCH 228-0 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYCH 248-0 Health Psychology
  • PSYCH 324-0 Perception
  • PSYCH 359-0 Emotional Brain (PSYCH 359-0-20 and others are approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies)
  • PSYCH 361-0 Brain Damage and the Mind

Projected Annual Course Plans: COG SCICSDPSYCH

Group B electives focus on molecular, cellular, and systems level mechanisms of brain function (choose 2):

  • BIOL_SCI 305-0 Neurobiology Laboratory
  • ES_APPM 370-1 Introduction to Computational Neuroscience
  • NEUROSCI 303-0 Molecular Mechanisms of Neuropsychopharmacology*
  • NEUROSCI 304-0 Developmental Neurobiology* 
  • NEUROSCI 320-0 Animal Behavior*
  • NEUROSCI 324-0 Neurobiology of Biological Clocks and Sleep*
  • NEUROSCI 326-0 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory*
  • NEUROSCI 350-0 Advanced Neurophysiology Laboratory*
  • NEUROSCI 355-0 Neurogenetics of Behavior Laboratory*
  • NEUROSCI 360-0 Neuroscience of Brain Disorders*
  • NEUROSCI 377-0 Neurobiology of Sensation and Perception*
  • NEUROSCI 311-0 Biophysical Analysis of Neurons for ISP (By permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, if not used in place of NEUROSCI 202-0).

Projected Annual Course Plans:, BIOL_SCI, NEUROSCIES_APPM

Allied Field (choose 6 courses from one of the fields below)

Neuroscience majors choose six units within one Allied Field for interdisciplinary study. Five Allied Field choices are listed below, each with a link to the list of courses that count toward this requirement. It is also possible to petition to add a course to an existing Allied Field or to propose an ad hoc Allied Field, both subject to approval by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Laboratory Experience

All Neuroscience majors must gain laboratory experience. There are two ways to do this:

  • Earn two units of credit from 398 or 399 Research in a relevant field, approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, which also may substitute for an Allied Field course, or
  • Earn at least one unit of credit from 200-level or higher laboratory or methods coursework. 
    • NEUROSCI 350-0*
    • NEUROSCI 355-0*
    • PSYCH 205-0*
    • BIOL_SCI 220-0, BIOL_SCI 221-0, BIOL_SCI 222-0
    • BIO_ SCI 305-0
    • Other with the approval of the Neuroscience Director of Undergraduate Studies

Double counting:

Between Neuroscience and other majors: Neuroscience electives may not be double counted toward another major. Up to two Allied Field courses may be double counted toward another major. All Related coursework may be double counted toward another major. No double counting of courses is allowed between Neuroscience and any minor.

Within the Neuroscience major: A course may not be counted toward both an Allied Field and an elective. However, an approved laboratory course or two credits of 398/399 research in a relevant field, approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, may be used to fulfill both the laboratory experience requirement as well as serving as one Allied Field course.

* Indicates courses for which the Neuroscience major provides pre-registration privileges.

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