Computational Neuroscience Major

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Lower division courses (8):

  • MATH 110 - Calculus I
  • MATH 111 - Calculus II
  • MATH 280 - Differential Equations
  • CS 110 - Introductory Computer Science & Programming
  • PHYS 110 - General Physics I (with lab)
  • PHYS 111 - General Physics II (with lab)
  • PSYC 110 - Introduction to Psychology
  • BIOL 120 - Introduction to Cell Biology (with lab)

Upper division courses (7):

  • NEUR 250 - Introduction to Neuroscience (with lab)
  • NEUR 374 - Topics in Neuroscience (Senior seminar)
  • PHYS 330 - Biophysics of the Brain (with lab)
  • PHYS 300.3 - Digital Signal Processing (with lab)
  • MATH/NEUR 300.3 - Dynamical Systems in Neuroscience
  • 1 from the following (Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience):
    • PSYC 343 & 344 - Behavioral Neuroscience (with lab credit)
    • PSYC 342 & 300.19 - Cognitive Neuroscience (with lab credit)
    • PSYC 345 - Psychopharmacology
    • PSYC 349 - Affective Neuroscience
  • 1 from the following (Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience):
    • NEUR 362 - Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience (with lab)
    • BOMI 359 - Genomics & Genetic Diseases [requires BIOL 271 or ZOOL 351]

Student Research Projects

Neuroscience students at OWU are highly encouraged to delve into a neuroscience research project that allows exploration of their own interests. See examples of neuroscience research led by OWU students. OWU offers a number of opportunities for undergraduates to gain research experience, including planning and designing independent projects, such as the following:

  • NEUR 490: Laboratory-based research during the academic year
  • NEUR 491: Literature-based research during the academic year
  • Summer Science Research Program: Full-time research on campus
  • Theory-to-Practice Grants: Laboratory- and/or Travel-based research projects of student's design
  • Small Grant Program: Travel grants to collect data or present at conferences
  • BRAIN Award: Laboratory-based research project, awarded solely to Neuroscience majors
  • NBAC Award: Travel grant to present at conferences, awarded solely to Neuroscience majors

Recommended Courses for Graduate School

For students interested in obtaining a research graduate degree (Ph.D. or M.S.), the following courses are recommended for students’ preparation for graduate study in Computational Neuroscience. Each school and program has their own requirements, so check with each you are interested in to determine which additional courses you will need.

  • CHEM 110 - General Chemistry I (with lab)
  • CS 210 - Intermediate CS and Data Structures
  • MATH 230 - Applied Statistics
  • MATH 270 - Linear Algebra
  • MATH 380 - Applied Mathematics
  • CS 340 - Artificial Intelligence