Neuroscience Degree Requirements
A total of seventeen (17) courses are required for the Neuroscience major offered multiple departments and colleges. A grade of ‘C’ or higher is required in all 17 courses to receive credit toward the major. Students must earn a total of 128 CAS credits prior to graduation.
- NE 101 Introduction To Neuroscience
- NE 102 Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
- NE 202 Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
- NE 203 Principles of Neuroscience
- NE 204 Introduction to Computational Models of Brain Behavior
Seven (7) basic science courses that will provide an appropriate background for neuroscience:
- Chemistry I/II: CH 101/102 or CH 109/110
- Calculus I/II: MA 123/124 or MA 121/122
- Physics I/II: PY 105/106 or equivalent
- Statistics: NE 212 or MA 115/116 or MA 213/214
Five (5) electives from (see the Course Worksheet for full list of electives):
- GROUP 1: Neurobiology electives
- GROUP 2: Cognitive Neuroscience electives
- GROUP 3: Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience electives
- Restricted List
Note: The following elective requirements must be completed.
- At least one (1) elective must come from a second group (in other words, all five electives MAY NOT come from a single group).
- Up to two (2) electives may be selected from the Restricted list. These courses do not satisfy the Breadth Requirement.
- 1. Successful completion of NE 102 and NE 203
- 2. Two (2) consecutive semesters of Directed Study as junior or Senior or Senior Thesis
- 3. Upper level elective with lab component
Ten (10) CAS Required courses:
- Foreign Language Requirement: four (4) semesters of Foreign Language
- Divisional Studies Program: six (6) one-semester divisional studies courses, two (2) in each of the three divisions outside the division of one’s major concentration. Because the neuroscience major requires Calculus I and II, it satisfies the Math & Computer Science Division. Neuroscience students must take four (4) Divisional Studies courses:
- Two (2) Social Sciences
- Two (2) Humanities
Note: These requirements may also be satisfied through the Core Curriculum.
All course descriptions can be found on the CAS Bulletin.
Group 1: Neurobiology Electives
Group 2: Cognitive Neuroscience Electives
note: you may not receive credit for both NE 337 and NE 338
Group 3: Computational Electives
|NE 401/402||Senior Work for Distinction (2 Semesters)|
|NE 391/392/491/492||Directed Study (2 Semester2)|
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