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).

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

  • 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)
  • 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 [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 300.12 – Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience (with lab)
  • NEUR 300.9 – Neurobehavioral Genetics [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 300.16 – 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)

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 NEUR 300.9 - 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)