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Neuroscience Major

Applicable for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Major

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)

  • PY309: 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 Department of Psychology, 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.