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About the Degree

A major in neuroscience leading to a Bachelor of Science degree requires the completion of at least 50 credits, including the following:

  1. Core: BIOL 111/113, 220; CHEM 111, 112; NEUR 120, 395
  2. Quantitative Methods: CSCI 121; PSYC 120; and either BIOL 301 or PSYC 250
  3. Specialization: Completion of at least four of the following courses chosen from at least two disciplines
    1. BIOL 215 (or 215S), 243, 250, 255, 301, 397
    2. PHYS 251 (ENGN 251), 315
    3. PSYC 252, 253, 254, 255, 257, 258
  4. Capstone: At least three credits chosen from NEUR 422, 423, 424, 442 and 493 and three additional credits chosen from 400-level neuroscience courses.

Students contemplating application to medical school should note that CHEM 241 (or 241S) (Organic Chemistry I), 242 (Organic Chemistry II), 341 (Biochemistry I), MATH 102 (Calculus II), and PHYS 112 and 114 (General Physics II) are either required or highly recommended by most admissions committees. Students contemplating graduate school should discuss specific courses with the head of the major.

HONORS: An Honors Program in neuroscience is offered for qualified students; see program head for details.

Neuroscience courses are as follows; for course descriptions, see the appropriate departmental listings:

BIOL 111/113: Fundamentals of Biology and Laboratory
BIOL 215: Biochemistry of the Cell
BIOL 215S: Biochemistry at St. Andrews
BIOL 220: Genetics
BIOL 243: Animal Behavior
BIOL 250: Vertebrate Endocrinology
BIOL 255: Reproductive Physiology
BIOL 301: Statistics for Biology and Medicine
BIOL 397: Neuroendocrinology
CHEM 111: General Chemistry
CHEM 112: Aqueous Inorganic Quantitative Chemistry
CSCI 121: Scientific Computing
CSCI 315: Artificial Intelligence
MATH 102: Calculus II
NEUR 120: Introduction to Neuroscience
NEUR 395: Special Topics in Neuroscience
NEUR 401-403: Directed Individual Study
NEUR 422-424: Directed Individual Research
NEUR 442: Honors Thesis Proposal
NEUR 493: Honors Thesis
PHYS 251 (ENGN 251): Experimental Methods in Physics and Engineering
PHYS 315: Nuclear Physics
PSYC 120: Quantitative Literacy in the Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 250: Research Design and Analysis
PSYC 252: Sensation Measurement and Perception
PSYC 253: Neural Mechanisms of Motivated Behaviors
PSYC 254: Attention and Memory
PSYC 255: Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 257: Psychobiology of Development
PSYC 258: Neural Mechanisms of Sensory and Motor Function