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.

academicFive (5) core neuroscience courses:



Seven (7) basic science courses that will provide an appropriate background for neuroscience:


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.

Breadth Requirement:

  • 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.

Research 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

Neuroscience Electives:

All course descriptions can be found on the CAS Bulletin.

  • Group 1: Neurobiology Electives

NE 230, NE 322*,NE 445*, NE 455, NE 481NE 520NE 525, NE 535NE 594, NE 598, BI 599, MET BI 566

  • Group 2: Cognitive Neuroscience Electives

NE 234, NE 327, NE 328, NE 333NE 337, NE 338, NE 499, NE 521NE 528, NE 544

note: you may not receive credit for both NE 337 and NE 338

  • Group 3: Computational Electives

NE 340NE 360*/HS 361*, NE 3X0*, NE 449*, NE 526, NE 530, CN 500*,CN 510, CN 520*, CN 530-580, MA 421, MA 578, MA 565CS 542CS 565, BI 502

  • Restricted Electives

BI 203, CH 203CS 111CS 112MA 226, MA 242MA 416BI 315,  ENG EK 127



NE 401/402 Senior Work for Distinction (2 Semesters)
NE 391/392/491/492 Directed Study (2 Semester2)


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