Neuroscience 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.

Behavioral/Cognitive Track: Sample 4-year plan.

Molecular/Cellular Track: Sample 4-year plan.

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

Click here for a PDF checklist of the requirements for the major.

Students who entered before 2016-2017 may use the following requirements, or may use the previous requirements for the major.

The Computational Neuroscience major is has many of the same requirements as the Neuroscience major, but places more emphasis in Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics. See: Computational Neuroscience major requirements.

Core Courses

  • BIOL 120 – Introduction to Cell Biology (with lab)
  • CHEM 110 – General Chemistry I (with lab)
  • CHEM 111 – General Chemistry II (with lab)
  • CHEM 260 – Organic Chem I (with lab)
  • NEUR 250 – Introduction to Neuroscience (with lab)
  • NEUR 374 – Topics in Neuroscience (Senior seminar)
  • PSYC 110 – Introduction to Psychology
  • ZOOL 325 – Human Physiology (with lab)
  • Statistics: PSYC 210, MATH 105, MATH 230, or MATH 200.3 (Biostatistics)

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 349 – Affective Neuroscience
    • *Behavioral/Cognitive Neuro majors are strongly encouraged to take both Behavioral Neuroscience and Cognitive Neuroscience courses with labs.
  • 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]
  • 1 from the following (Computational Neuroscience):
    • NEUR 323 – Computational Neuroscience (with lab)
    • PHYS 330 – Biophysics of the Brain (with lab) [requires MATH 280 & CS 110]
    • NEUR 300.3 – Dynamical Systems in Neuroscience [requires MATH 280]

2. Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience Track

  • NEUR 362 – Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience (with lab)
  • BOMI 359 – Genomics & Genetic Diseases [requires BIOL 271 or ZOOL 351]
  • 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 349 – Affective Neuroscience
  • 1 from the following (Computational Neuroscience):
    • NEUR 323 – Computational Neuroscience (with lab)
    • PHYS 330 – Biophysics of the Brain (with lab) [requires MATH 280 & CS 110]
    • NEUR 300.3 – Dynamical Systems in Neuroscience [requires MATH 280]
  • 1 from the following (molecular & cell biology elective):
    • 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) [requires CHEM 261]
    • ZOOL 333 – Developmental Biology (with lab)
    • ZOOL 356 – Immunology (with lab)

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 Medical School or P.A. Programs

For students interested in obtaining a medical degree (M.D. or D.O.) or becoming a physician assistant (P.A.), the Neuroscience major satisfies many of the required courses in biology, chemistry, and behavioral sciences. However, some or all of the following additional courses are recommended for admittance into these programs. Each school has their own requirements, so check each school or program you are interested in to determine which additional courses you will need.

  • CHEM 261 – Organic Chem II (with lab) [pre-requisite course for CHEM 340]
  • CHEM 340 - Biochemistry I (with lab) [an elective in the Mol/Cell track]
  • ZOOL 329 - Human Anatomy (with lab) [required in the Beh/Cog track]
  • BIOL 271 or BOMI 359 - Genetics and/or Genomics [required in the Mol/Cell track]
  • Infectious Diseases and/or Immunology - BOMI 280, BOMI 357, ZOOL 356 [electives in the Mol/Cell track]
  • PHYS 110 or 115 - Principles of Physics I (with lab)
  • PHYS 111 or 116 - Principles of Physics II (with lab) 
  • Foreign language (typically Spanish) [OWU requirement for graduation]
  • Clinical or Hospital experience
  • Research experience

Recommended Courses for Neuroscience Ph.D. or M.S. Programs

For students interested in obtaining a research graduate degree (Ph.D. or M.S.), some or all of the following additional courses are recommended. 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 261 – Organic Chem II (with lab) [pre-requisite course for CHEM 340]
  • CHEM 340 - Biochemistry I (with lab) [an elective in the Mol/Cell track]
  • MATH 110 - Calculus I
  • MATH 111 - Calculus II
  • PHYS 110 or 115 - Principles of Physics I (with lab)
  • PHYS 111 or 116 - Principles of Physics II (with lab) 
  • Significant Research experience(s)