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2020-2021 University Catalog 
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Neuroscience, BA

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Major Requirements

Recommended Sequence of Courses:

All students in the major will choose an emphasis: Biology, Psychology or Computer Science. Their emphasis will determine what courses they take in the intermediate core as well as their required allied courses. Neuroscience majors may minor in any of the three contributing disciplines other than their department of emphasis. They may not have a double major with any of the three contributing departments.

14-18.5 course units, including:

Introductory Core

(5 courses)

The introductory core courses provide neuroscience majors with a basic grounding in the three subfields that comprise the major, as well as sufficient quantitative background to succeed in upper-level courses in the major.

Intermediate Core

(2 courses)

The intermediate core courses depend on the student’s chosen emphasis and fulfill two purposes: first and foremost, to provide students with the tools to examine problems in neuroscience from the perspective of their field of emphasis, and second, to allow students to complete a major in either biology, psychology or computer science should they choose not to continue with the neuroscience major.

Upper Level Core

(4 courses)

The upper-level core in the neuroscience major allows students to use the skills acquired in their lower and intermediate courses to examine problems of mind and brain from the perspective of all three fields in the major and to engage in cross-disciplinary dialogue about modern issues in neuroscience. Prerequisites for the upper-level courses will depend on students’ areas of emphasis (e.g., the prerequisite for BIO 3324 Neurobiology for a student with a biology emphasis would be Biologists’ Toolkit, while the prerequisite for a student with a psychology emphasis would be biopsychology.)


Electives allow students to focus on an area of particular interest (or, if desired, to pursue coursework required for entrance into medical school without penalty), while requiring exposure to at least one additional course outside their area of emphasis at the sophomore level or higher.

3 Courses from the Following:

Allied Courses

Students must complete the allied courses for their department of emphasis.

Biology Emphasis

Computer Science Emphasis


At least 1 elective must be at the 3000 level or above. Elective courses must come from at least 2 programs.

* Indicates a course having a prerequisite that is exogenous to the set of required courses for the major.

Intermediate core courses from another area of emphasis may also be used as electives.

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