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Major Requirements

Major Requirements

Major requirements. Students wishing to major in Neuroscience complete a minimum of 14 courses (16 units) across several departments. See the Neuroscience section of the course catalog for a summary of regular course offerings. Required courses are:

1. Required courses 

PSYCHOLOGY (PY)

    • PY100 (or 101 or 111): Introduction to Psychology
    • PY202: Research Design in Psychology (2 blocks)
    • PY297 and PY298: Neuroscience I and II (2 blocks)

CHEMISTRY (CH)

    • CH107 and CH108: General Chemistry I, II
    • CH250: Structures of Organic Molecules
    • CH251: Reactions of Organic Molecules

 

MATHEMATICS (MA)

    • MA126: Calculus I

 

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (MB)

    • MB131: Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology

and two of the following 400-level courses:

    • PY412: Neuropsychology
    • PY419: Neuroscience Methods
    • PY420: Cognitive Neuroethology
    • PY433: Neuropharmacology
    • MB440: Developmental Neurobiology

 

2. Electives:  Any three of the following courses (note that some of these courses have additional prerequisites not listed above, and some are not taught every year):

 

PSYCHOLOGY (PY)

    • P309: Social Psychology
    • PY332: Learning and Adaptive Behavior
    • PY344: Cognition
    • PY362: Abnormal Psychology
    • PY374: Lifespan Developmental Psychology

CHEMISTRY (CH)

    • CH245: Bioanalytical Chemistry
    • CH382: Biochemistry I
    • CH383: Biochemistry II

 

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (MB)

    • MB201: Laboratory in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Genetics
    • MB231: Genetics
    • MB305: Advanced Genetic Analysis
    • MB310: Advanced Cell Biology
    • MB320: Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
    • MB355: Laboratory in Advanced Genetics
    • MB360: Laboratory in Molecular Microbiology

 

HUMAN BIOLOGY AND KINESIOLOGY (HK)

    • HK204: Introduction to Human Anatomy

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE (CP) 

    • CP122: Computer Science I
    • CP222: Computer Science II

 

PHYSICS (PH)

    • PC141: Physics for the Life Sciences I
    • PC142: Physics for the Life Sciences II

 

Students who wish to pursue graduate studies in the neurosciences are strongly encouraged to complete at least one block of relevant independent laboratory research under close faculty supervision from one of the following: PY451–454; MB399/498; CH201/301/403. Note that such research projects must be conducted with one of the Neuroscience advisers. If the adviser is in the Psychology Department, the student must complete a Final Project proposal the academic year before the research is to be conducted. Proposal guidelines are available on the Psychology web page.

 

 

FOR REFERENCE: Prerequisites for elective courses

 

Course number

Course title

Prerequisites

PY309

Social Psychology

PY202

PY332

Learning and Adaptive Behavior

PY202

PY344

Cognition

PY202

PY362

Abnormal Psychology

PY202

PY374

Lifespan Developmental Psychology

PY202

CH245

Bioanalytical Chemistry

CH250

CH382

Biochemistry I

CH251

CH383

Biochemistry II

CH382

MB201

Laboratory in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Genetics

MB131

MB231

Genetics

MB201 and CH108

MB305

Advanced Genetic Analysis

MB231 and CH250

MB310

Advanced Cell Biology

MB231 and CH250

MB320

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

MB231 and CH251

MB355

Laboratory in Advanced Genetics

MB231

MB360

Laboratory in Molecular Microbiology

MB231 and CH251

HK204

Introduction to Human Anatomy

CH107 and (MB131 or PY297)

CP122

Computer Science I

none

CP222

Computer Science II

CP122

PC141

Physics for the Life Sciences I

MA126

PC142

Physics for the Life Sciences II

PC141

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