Courses and Requirements 2012-13

Requirements for the Major:

 

1. Required courses for all neuroscience majors:

 

BIO-110 and BIO-112 (Introductory Biology); BIO-225 (Molecular Biology of the Cell);

either BIO-362 (Introduction to Neurobiology) or BIO-363 (Introduction to Cellular

Neurosciences); PSY-200 (Statistical Methods in Psychology); PSY-210 (Introduction

to Cognitive Neuroscience); PSY-220 (Psychology of Memory and Thinking); PHL-231

(Symbolic Logic); CSC-106 (Can Computers Think?)

 

2. Required and cognate courses in one of three tracks:

 

Bioscience track:

Required Courses:

Any TWO from the following list: BIO-325 (Animal Behavior); BIO-330 (Comparative

Animal Physiology); BIO-332 (Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy); BIO-365 (Neural

Circuits and Behavior); BIO-370 (Endocrinology); BIO-384 (Molecular Genetics); PSY-

211 (Sensation and Perception).

Students must also take the following cognate Courses: MTH-110 (or MTH-112, MTH

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113, MTH-115, or MTH-117), CHM-101, and CHM-102. MTH112 and one term of

physics are recommended.

 

Cognitive track:

Required Courses:

Any TWO from the following list: PSY-211 (Sensation and Perception); PSY-225

(Psychology of Language); PSY-221 (Psychology of Learning); BIO-325 (Animal

Behavior); PHL-365 (Philosophy of Mind); CSC-320 (Artificial Intelligence).

Students must also take the following cognate Courses: MTH-110 (or MTH-112, MTH-

113, MTH-115, or MTH-117), CHM-101 and PSY-300. MTH112 and one term of physics

are recommended.

 

Computational track:

Required Courses:

Any TWO from the following list: CSC-206 (Natural Language Processing); CSC-243

Bioinformatics), CSC-320 (Artificial intelligence); CSC-325; (Robotics); CSC-329 (Neural

Networks); PHL-442 (Advanced Logic); PHL-365 (Philosophy of Mind); PHL-462

(Philosophy of Language).

Students must also take the following cognate Courses: MTH-110 (or MTH-112, MTH-

113, MTH-115, or MTH-117), MTH-197 (or MTH-199), and CSC-150. MTH112, CHM-

101, and one term of physics are recommended.

 

3. Electives. TWO additional courses from the following list:

 

BIO-325 (Animal Behavior); BIO-330 (Comparative Animal Physiology); BIO-332

(Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy); BIO-354 (Developmental Biology); BIO-362

(Neurobiology); BIO-363 (Introduction to Cellular Neuroscience); BIO-365 (Neural

Circuits and Behavior); BIO-370 (Endocrinology); BIO-375 (Animal Locomotion); BIO-

380 (Biochemistry: Membranes, Nucleic Acids, and Carbohydrates); BIO-384 (Molecular

Genetics); CSC-206 (Natural Language Processing); CSC-243 (Bioinformatics); CSC-320

(Artificial intelligence); CSC-325; (Robotics); CSC-329 (Neural Networks); ECE-487

(Medical Imaging Systems); PHL-232 (Philosophy of Science); PHL-365 (Philosophy

of Mind); PHL-442 (Advanced Logic); PHL-462 (Philosophy of Language); PSY-211

(Sensation and Perception); PSY-215 (Introduction to Health Psychology); PSY-221

(Psychology of Learning); PSY-225 (Psychology of Language); PSY-240 (Developmental

Psychology); PSY-250 (Abnormal Psychology); PSY-300 (Research Methods in

Psychology); PSY-410 (Seminar in Brain and Behavior); PSY-411 (Seminar in Clinical

Neuropsychology); PSY-420 (Seminar in Learning and Memory).

4. Senior writing requirement. Either:

(a) One of the following senior seminars: PSY-410, PSY-411, PSY-420 BIO-487,

BIO-488, or BIO-489; or

(b) A two- or three-term senior thesis. Students must register for senior thesis

courses in the department of their thesis advisor:

Biology thesis advisors: BIO-497, BIO-498, and BIO-499.

Psychology thesis advisors: PSY-498 and PSY-499; or PSY-487, PSY-488, and

PSY-489.

 

Thesis advisors from other departments: Contact the Neuroscience program director(s) first.

 

Requirements for Honors

 To earn honors in neuroscience, a student must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.3 in the  major (including thesis grades, but not including the cognate courses, or more than one term of independent study), a minimum of three grades of A or A– in courses in the major exclusive of the

thesis, and satisfactory completion of a senior thesis with a minimum grade of A–.