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BS Neuroscience

Neuroscience is a rapidly growing, interdisciplinary field, including psychology, chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, and computer science. Neuroscientists work on a range of problems that are important for health and for understanding of what it means to be human (for instance, genetics of developmental disorders, pharmacological actions of drugs, animal models of human neurological diseases, human cognition and perception). To prepare students to meet these interdisciplinary challenges, the Neuroscience Program capitalizes on the strength of faculty and course offerings from different departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. BS in Neuroscience majors study biological and chemical mechanisms as well as computational and cognitive neuroscience. Two 200-level core courses in Neuroscience build a solid foundation in the field, and coursework in basic biology, chemistry, physics, and quantitative reasoning establishes a general science background. Students achieve depth through upper-level specialization and research experience, and develop breadth by selecting courses from a range of possible electives. Completion of a research project in the final year is strongly recommended for students wishing to pursue a graduate research program. The Neuroscience Program is particularly suited to students who are interested in the biological bases of behavior, including those interested in biology, psychology, and pre-medical studies. See neuroscience course descriptions in the AU catalog.

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires a grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and the approval of the program director.

University Requirements

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

76 credit hours with grades of C or better, including 

  • 6 credit hours of foundation courses,
  • 32 credit hours of basic science,
  • 12 credit hours of basic math/computer science/statistics,
  • 8 credit hours of framework research methods with lab,
  • 12 credit hours of neuroscience electives,
  • 6 credit hours of other electives.

Course Requirements

Foundation Courses (6 credit hours)

  • NEUR-210 Neuroscience: Brain and Behavior (3)
  • NEUR-220 Neuroscience: Molecules to Synapses (3)

Basic Science (32 credit hours)

  • BIO-110 General Biology I FA5 (4)
  • BIO-210 General Biology II FA5 (4)
  • CHEM-110 General Chemistry I FA5 (4)
  • CHEM-210 General Chemistry II FA5 (4)
  • CHEM-310 Organic Chemistry I (3)
  • CHEM-312 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
  • CHEM-320 Organic Chemistry II (3)
  • CHEM-322 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
  • PHYS-110 Principles of Physics I FA5 (4)
  • PHYS-105 General Physics I FA5 (4)
  • PHYS-210 Principles of Physics II FA5 (4)
  • PHYS-205 General Physics II FA5 (4)

Basic Math/Computer Science/Statistics (12 credit hours)

  • MATH-221 Calculus I (4)
  • NEUR-280 Computational Foundations (4)
  • STAT-202 Basic Statistics (4)

Framework Research Methods with Lab (8 credit hours)

8 credit hours from the following:

  • NEUR-310 Cognitive Neuroscience with Lab (4)
  • NEUR-320 Behavioral Neuroscience with Lab (4)
  • NEUR-330 Neurobiology with Lab (4)

Neuroscience Electives (12 credit hours)

12 credit hours from the following:
Note: Some courses might require additional prerequisites. Selected topics courses may be taken with approval of academic advisor.

  • PSYC-220 The Senses FA5 (3)
  • PSYC-300 Memory and Cognition (3)
  • PSYC-318 Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (3)
  • PSYC-360 The Evolution of Behavior (3)
  • PSYC-370 Learning and Behavior (3)
  • PSYC-513 Neuropharmacology: The Biochemistry of Behavior (3)
  • PSYC-518 Advanced Human Neuropsychology (3)

Other Electives (6 credit hours)

6 credit hours from the following:
Note: Some courses might require additional prerequisites. Other electives and special topics courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math, Computer Science, and Philosophy may be taken with approval of academic advisor.

  • BIO-300 Cell Biology with Laboratory (4)
  • BIO-356 Genetics with Laboratory (5)
  • BIO-364 Evolution (3)
  • BIO-372 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • BIO-373 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • BIO-583 Molecular Biology (3)
  • CHEM-560 Biochemistry I (3)
  • CHEM-561 Biochemistry II (3)
  • MATH-222 Calculus II (4)
  • NEUR-390 Independent Reading Course in Neuroscience (1-6)
  • NEUR-490 Independent Research in Neuroscience (1-6)
  • NEUR-491 Internship (1-6)

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