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: PS 211 or MA 115/116 or MA 213/214
Five (5) electives from (see Course Worksheet for full list of electives):
- GROUP 1: Neurobiology electives
- GROUP 2: Cognitive Neuroscience electives
- GROUP 3: Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience electives
- Restricted Group
Note: The following elective requirements must be completed.
- Breadth Requirement: At least one (1) elective must come from a second topic group (in other words, all five electives MAY NOT come from a single topic 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:
- WR100 and WR150
- Four (4) semesters of Foreign Language
- Four (4) Divisional Studies:
- Two (2) Social Sciences
- Two (2) Humanities
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; PS333 not cross-listed as NE333 will NOT count as a Neuroscience elective
Group 3: Computational Electives
note: you may not receive credit for both CS 108 & ENG EK 127
Divisional Studies Program
The Divisional Studies Program requires six (6) one-semester divisional studies courses, two (2) in each of the three divisions outside the division of one’s major concentration. Divisional studies courses are accessible to non-majors and effectively serve as a broad introduction to a specific discipline. Additional information about general education requirements and both the Core Curriculum and Divisional Studies Program can be found here.
|NE 401/402||Senior Work for Distinction (2 Semesters)|
|NE 391/392/491/492||Directed Study (2 Semester2)|
Boston University Undergraduate Bulletin
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