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Neuroscience B.A.


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To fulfill the major, students must complete the following:

  1. Core courses:
    NS 101: Neuroscience: Mind and Behavior
    NS 201: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
    BI 105: Biological Sciences I: Unity of Life or BI 107 Molecular and Cellular Foundations of Life
    BI 106: Biological Sciences II: Diversity of Life or BI 108 Organismal Biology
    CH 125: Principles of Chemistry
    PS 202: Research Methods in Psychology I
  2. Advanced Research Methods Requirement-take one of the following classes:*
    PS 225B: Perception
    PS 303: Research Methods in Psychology II
    PS 304: Physiological Psychology
    PS 314: Psychology of Reading
    PS 325: Perception Research Methods
    PS 327: Computational Methods in Psychology and Neuroscience
    PS 330: Research Methods in Memory (Fall 2016 only)
    BI 242: Molecular Biology
    BI 245: Principles of Genetics
    BI 247: Cell Biology
    BI 311: Biological Electron Microscopy
    BI 341: Neurodevelopment
    BI 344: Biological Clocks
    BI 352: Topics in Biology with Lab (when topic is appropriate for NS majors)
    BI 368: Advanced Light Microscopy
    CH 341: Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function with Lab
    *If a course is taken to satisfy the Advanced Research Methods requirement, it cannot also be used to fulfill one of the elective requirements listed below.
  3. Integrative course: NS 277 Integrative Seminar in Neuroscience Research
     
  4. Elective courses:
    a. 100 and 200-level Electives - Take any three of the following courses:
        CS 106 OR CS 107: Introduction to Computer Science OR Introduction to Computer Science with Animations and 2D Games
        NS 212: Topics in Neuroscience
        BI 242: Molecular Biology
        BI 244: Comparative Vertebrate Physiology
        BI 245: Principles of Genetics
        BI 247: Cell Biology
        PS 213: Hormones and Behavior
        PS 218: Cognition
        PS 221: Clinical Psychopharmacology
        PS 225: Perception
        PS 231: Neuropsychology
        PS 232: Introduction to Cognitive Science
        CH 221: Organic I
        PY 207 - General Physics I
    b. 300-level Electives - Take any four of the following courses:
        NS 312: Advanced Topics in Neuroscience
        NS 314  Mapping the Cerebellum: Structure, Connectivity & Bioinformatics
        NS 315: Mechanisms of Alzheimer's Disease
        BI 311:  Biological Electron Microscopy
        BI 314:  Neurodevelopment
        BI 316:  Animal Behavior
        BI 341:  Neurodevelopment
        BI 342:  Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
        BI 343:  Endocrinology
        BI 344:  Biological Clocks
        BI 352:  Topics in Biology with Lab (when topic is appropriate for NS majors)
        BI 368:  Advanced Light Microscopyz
        PS 304: Physiological Psychology
        PS 314: Psychology of Reading
        PS 325: Perception Research Methods
        PS 327: Computational Methods in Psychology and Neuroscience
        PS 341: Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience: Left Brain/Right Brain
        CH 341: Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function with Lab
        CS 322: Artificial Intelligence
  5. Optional independent research courses (with approval of faculty member)
    a. 200-level Research
        NS 275: Neuroscience Research
    b. 300-level Research 
        NS 371A: Research in Neuroscience (1 credit)
        NS 371B: Research in Neuroscience (2 credits)
        NS 371C: Research in Neuroscience (3 credits)
        NS 375H: NS Senior Research I  (fall semester only)
        NS 376H: NS Senior Research II (spring semester only)

Recommendations and Advice

Tutorial project: Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in Introduction to Neuroscience Research (NS 275) and Research Experience in Neuroscience (NS 371) prior to completion of the Neuroscience major. These courses allow students to obtain valuable research experience by working directly with Neuroscience faculty. Highly motivated students may wish to pursue a senior tutorial project (NS 375/NS 376), which is a yearlong, intensive research thesis conducted in collaboration with a Neuroscience faculty. Generally speaking, majors should consider taking NS 275 in their sophomore and/or junior year, and NS 371 in their junior year as a prelude to senior research.

Advice on Choosing Electives: Students' choices of electives (both within and beyond the requirements specified by the neuroscience major) may be guided by interests as well as professional goals. For example, in the Core course Principles of Chemistry (CH 125), students are introduced to fundamental concepts of chemistry that are necessary for understanding basic mechanisms in the neurosciences; students wishing to deepen this understanding are encouraged to take additional courses in chemistry, including organic chemistry and biochemistry. Examples of Projected Paths through the Major are intended as illustrations of groupings of electives informed by different kinds of interests and goals. For each illustration, suggestions are offered for electives within and beyond the major.

Core courses:  Students are strongly encouraged to complete the six lab-based core courses (NS101, NS201, BI107, BI108, CH125, and PS202) by the end of their sophomore year in preparation for their upper level courses.

Projected Paths through the Major

Path 1: A Biobehavioral Neuroscience Focus

Within major: Consider these electives: BI 245 Principles of Genetics, BI 316 Animal Behavior, BI 341 Neurodevelopment, BI 344 Biological Clocks, PS 213 Hormones and Behavior, PS 304 Physiological Psychology, NS 312: Advanced Topics in NS From Molecules to Memory,  Sleep: Neurological Perspectives
Beyond major: Additional electives from psychology (e.g., PS 223 Evolutionary Psychology) and biology (e.g., BI 302 Behavioral Ecology, BI 324 Evolution, BI 370 Computer Modeling of Biological Systems).

Path 2: A Cellular/Molecular Focus

Within major: Consider these electives: BI 242 Molecular Biology, BI 245 Principles of Genetics, BI 247 Cell Biology, BI 342 Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience, CH 221 Organic Chemistry I, CH 341 Biochemistry, NS 212: Topics in Neuroscience: Neurophysiology, NS 315: Mechanisms of Alzheimer's Disease, NS 314: Mapping the Cerebellum: Structure, Connectivity & Bioinformatics.
Beyond major: Additional courses from biology (BI 360 Gene Expression I: DNA Metabolism, BI 363 RNA Metabolism) and chemistry (CH 222 Organic Chemistry II, Macromolecular Structure and Function with Lab).

Path 3: A Cognitive Neuroscience Focus

Within major: Consider these electives: PS 231 Neuropsychology, PS 218 Cognition, PS 225 Perception, PS 314 Psychology of Reading, PS 323 Psycholinguistics, PS 341 Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience: Left Brain/Right Brain), BI 245 Principles of Genetics, CS 106 Introduction to Computer Science I, CS 107: Introduction to COmputer Science with Animations and 2D Games.
Beyond major: Additional courses from computer science (e.g., CS 206 Introduction to Computer Science II).

Path 4: A Cognitive Science Focus

Within major: Consider these electives: CS 106 Introduction to Computer Science I, PS 218 Cognition, PS 225 Perception, PS 232 Introduction to Cognitive Science, PS 327 Computational Methods in Psychology and Neuroscience.
Beyond major: Additional courses from computer science (e.g., CS 206 Introduction to Computer Science II, CS 306 Computability, Complexity, and Heuristics) and philosophy (e.g., PH 241 Mind, Thought, and Consciousness).

Path 5: A Health Professions Focus

Within major: Consider these electives: CH 221 Organic Chemistry I, CH 341 Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function with Lab, PS 231 Neuropsychology, BI 242 Molecular Biology, BI 244 Comparative Vertebrate Physiology, BI 245 Principles Of Genetics, BI 247 Cell Biology, NS 312: Advanced Topics in NS (From Molecules to Memory, Sleep: Neurological Perspectives, PY 207 General Physics I.
Beyond major: Additional courses from biology (BI 306 Mammalian Physiology), chemistry (CH 222 Organic Chemistry II), physics (PY 208 General Physics II), calculus (MA 111 Calculus I, MA 113 Calculus II), Sociology, Anthropology, Exercise Science and English.

Note: Those students interested in pre-med and other health professions should consult with the Health Professions Advisory Committee for guidance in selecting courses.


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