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Neuroscience Major

Applicable for the 2019-2020 academic year.


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.

1. Required courses 


  • PY100 (or 101 or 105 or 111): Introduction to Psychology
  • PY202: Research Design in Psychology (2 blocks)
  • PY299: Neuroscience (2 blocks)


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


  • MA125: Pre-Calculus & Calculus or MA126: Calculus I


  • 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
  • MB415: Developmental Neurobiology (previously MB440)

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):


  • PY309: Social Psychology
  • PY321: Perception
  • PY332: Learning and Adaptive Behavior
  • PY344: Cognition
  • PY362: Abnormal Psychology
  • PY374: Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • PY439: Language and Thought


  • CH245: Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • CH382: Biochemistry I
  • CH383: Biochemistry II
  • CH410: Medicinal Chemistry


  • MB201: Laboratory in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Genetics
  • MB231: Genetics
  • MB305: Advanced Genetic Analysis
  • MB310: Advanced Cell Biology
  • MB320: Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • MB325: Molecular and Cellular Immunology
  • MB355: Laboratory in Advanced Genetics
  • MB360: Laboratory in Molecular Microbiology
  • MB375: Laboratory in Advanced Cell Biology


  • HK204: Introduction to Human Anatomy
  • HK304: Advanced Human Anatomy


  • CP115: Computational Thinking
  • CP122: Computer Science I
  • CP222: Computer Science II


  • PC141: Physics for the Life Sciences I
  • PC142: Physics for the Life Sciences II
  • PC241: Physics for the Physical Sciences I: Mechanics
  • PC242: Physics for the Physical Sciences II: Electricity and Magnetism

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 involve 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.