Neuroscience Major

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The following requirements apply to any students entering in or after the 2016-2017 academic year. Students who entered before 2016-2017 may use the following requirements, or may use the previous requirements for the major.

There are nine (9) "Core Courses" that all Neuroscience Majors must take. The remaining six (6) courses are based on which "Track" a student decides in order to pursue electives that best match each student's interests.

Sample 4-year plan for the Behavioral/Cognitive Track.

Sample 4-year plan for the Molecular/Cellular Track.

Sample 4-year plan for the Pre-Med majors (with either Beh/Cog or Mol/Cell Track).

Core Courses

Lower Division Core Courses (5)

  • PSYC 110 – Introduction to Psychology
  • CHEM 110 – General Chemistry I (with lab)
  • CHEM 111 – General Chemistry II (with lab)
  • BIOL 120 – Introduction to Cell Biology (with lab)
  • Statistics: PSYC 210, MATH 105, MATH 230, or MATH 200.3 (Biostatistics)

Upper Division Core Courses (4)

  • NEUR 250 – Introduction to Neuroscience (with lab)
  • CHEM 260 – Organic Chem I (with lab)
  • ZOOL 325 – Human Physiology (with lab)
  • PSYC 374 – Topics in Neuroscience

Track Electives

Students may fulfill the remainder of the major through one of the following tracks: 

1. Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience Track

  • 1 from the following:
    • ZOOL 331 – Vertebrate Anatomy (with lab)
    • ZOOL 329 – Human Anatomy (with lab)
  • 3 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 300.16 – Affective Neuroscience
  • 1 from the following (Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience):
    • NEUR 300.12 – Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience (with lab)
    • NEUR 300.9 – Neurobehavioral Genetics
  • 1 from the following (Computational Neuroscience):
    • NEUR 323 – Computational Neuroscience (with lab)
    • PHYS 330 – Biophysics of the Brain (with lab)
    • NEUR 300.3 – Dynamical Systems in Neuroscience

2. Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience Track

  • NEUR 300.12 – Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience (with lab)
  • NEUR 300.9 – Neurobehavioral Genetics
  • 1 from the following:
    • BIOL 271 – Genetics
    • ZOOL 351 – Cell & Molecular Biology (with lab)
  • 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 300.16 – Affective Neuroscience
  • 1 from the following (Computational Neuroscience):
    • NEUR 323 – Computational Neuroscience (with lab)
    • PHYS 330 – Biophysics of the Brain (with lab)
    • NEUR 300.3 – Dynamical Systems in Neuroscience
  • 1 from the following (Upper Division molecular and/or cellular biology course):
    • BOMI 353 – Molecular Genetics (with lab)
    • BOMI 280 – Medical Microbiology (with lab)
    • BOMI 328 – Bacterial Physiology (with lab)
    • BOMI 357 – Molecular Biology of Viruses (with lab)
    • CHEM 340 – Biochemistry I (with lab)
    • ZOOL 333 – Developmental Biology (with lab)
    • ZOOL 356 – Immunology (with lab)