The neuroscience major is designed for students who wish to pursue a career or graduate studies in the field of neuroscience. This major provides a foundation for pursuing graduate studies in neuroscience with a potential goal of conducting neuroscience research in academia or industry. Included in the major is a choice of two concentrations: cellular and molecular neuroscience; or behavioral and cognitive neuroscience. This major also prepares students for other employment opportunities in neuroscience, such as entry-level research positions in the pharmaceutical industry or at research institutions. Students are required to choose among three options for minor: integrative science minor; pre-professional minor; or chemistry, physics, or mathematics minor with the recommendation that students take an additional eight credits from outside of the minor department. Students will be assigned advisors within the department where their concentration resides. Neuroscience majors in either concentration may take courses that require BI 112 as a prerequisite, without having taken BI 112, with the permission of instructor. This program will be administered by a joint advisory committee consisting of members from both the Biology and Psychological Science Departments.

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Total Credits Required 121
General Education
Core Courses32
BI 111 Introductory Biology Principles [SCII]4
BI 207 Human Anatomy and Physiology 14
BI 218 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology [SCII]4
BI 420 Neuroscience4
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychological Science [SCII]4
PSY 230 Learning and Cognition4
PSY 250 Brain and Behavior [SCII]4
PSY 450 Methods in Psychophysiology4
Choose a Concentration: 
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience Concentration31-36
BI 112 Introductory Biology: Diversity4
BI 215 Principles of Evolution4
BI 312 Genetics4
BI 406 Advanced Cell Biology4
BI 417 Comparative Vertebrate Neuroanatomy4
BI 425 Endocrinology4
BI 488 Advanced Research in Biology or1 - 4
BI 499 Internship (1 - 6 cr.) 
BI 489 Graduate Assessment for Biology Majors (0 cr.) 
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience Concentration Electives6-8
BI 208 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 (4 cr.) 
BI 221 Comparative Anatomy (4 cr.) 
BI 327 Animal Physiology (4 cr.) 
BI 391 Laboratory Experience (1 - 2 cr.) 
BI 412 Biostatistics (4 cr.) 
BI 413 Biochemistry of Development (4 cr.) 
BI 418 Molecular Biology (4 cr.) 
BI 419 Biology of Cancer (4 cr.) 
BI 426 Human Histology (4 cr.) 
PSY 350 Neuropsychology (4 cr.) 
PSY 457 Psychopharmacology (4 cr.) 
PSY 451 Sensation and Perception (4 cr.) 
PSY 453 Affective Neuroscience (4 cr.) 
SL 459 Cognitive Neuroscience (4 cr.) 
Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration30
PSY 201 Psychological Research I: Statistical Applications [QUAR]4
PSY 202 Psychological Research II: Experimental Design and Methodology4
PSY 350 Neuropsychology4
PSY 451 Sensation and Perception or4
PSY 457 Psychopharmacology (4 cr.) 
PSY 453 Affective Neuroscience4
PSY 498 Directed Research/Directed Study (1 - 4 cr.)2-4
PSY 489 Graduate Assessment for Psychology Majors (0 cr.) 
Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration Electives8
BI 215 Principles of Evolution (4 cr.) 
BI 221 Comparative Anatomy (4 cr.) 
BI 312 Genetics (4 cr.) 
BI 406 Advanced Cell Biology (4 cr.) 
BI 417 Comparative Vertebrate Neuroanatomy (4 cr.) 
BI 425 Endocrinology (4 cr.) 
PSY 240 Abnormal Psychology (4 cr.) 
PSY 343 Causes and Control of Aggression (4 cr.) 
PSY 451 Sensation and Perception (4 cr.) 
PSY 457 Psychopharmacology (4 cr.) 
SL 459 Cognitive Neuroscience (4 cr.) 
Other Required Courses10
CH 111 General Chemistry I [SCII]5
CH 112 General Chemistry II5
Select one of these options: 1) integrative science minor; 2) pre-professional minor; 3) chemistry, physics, or math minor. If option 3, it is recommended that the student take 8 additional credits from science areas outside of the selected minor.