Neuroscience Major

Students must also complete the Undergraduate Registration Requirement and the degree requirements of their home school.

Neuroscience major requirements

  • 6 Neuroscience units (courses may not be double-counted with Allied Field courses or required Related Courses for the major)
  • 6 Allied Field units chosen from one of the following areas. Courses may not be double-counted with the 6 Neuroscience units or required Related Courses for the Neuroscience major.  No more than two Allied Field courses may be double-counted with another major.
  • Related Courses (units depend on math and science sequences taken)
  • Laboratory Experience requirement
    • Courses that satisfy the laboratory experience requirement may also be used to satisfy another requirement for the major.
    • If two units of Undergraduate Research (398/399) are used for the Laboratory Experience requirement, they may also substitute for one course in an Allied Field.

Neuroscience Course Lists

Required Neuroscience core courses:

Course Title
NEUROSCI 202-0Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
NEUROSCI 206-0Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience

Neuroscience Group A Electives (students choose 2):

Course Title
COG_SCI 210-0Language and the Brain
CSD 303-0Brain and Cognition
or PSYCH 365-0 Brain and Cognition
CSD 310-0Biological Foundations of Speech and Music
PSYCH 110-0Introduction to Psychology
PSYCH 218-0Developmental Psychology
PSYCH 228-0Cognitive Psychology
PSYCH 248-0Health Psychology
PSYCH 324-0Perception
PSYCH 359-0Advanced Seminar in Psychology (PSYCH 359-0-20 and others with approval of the director of undergraduate studies)
PSYCH 361-0Brain Damage and the Mind

Neuroscience Group B Electives (students choose 2):

Course Title
NEUROSCI 303-0Molecular Mechanisms of Neuropsychopharmacology
NEUROSCI 304-0Developmental Neurobiology
NEUROSCI 311-0Biophysical Analysis of Neurons for ISP (With approval of the director of undergraduate studies, if not used in place of NEUROSCI 202-0)
NEUROSCI 320-0Animal Behavior
NEUROSCI 324-0Neurobiology of Biological Clocks and Sleep
NEUROSCI 326-0Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
NEUROSCI 350-0Advanced Neurophysiology Laboratory
NEUROSCI 355-0Neurogenetics of Behavior Laboratory
NEUROSCI 360-0Neuroscience of Brain Disorders
NEUROSCI 377-0Neurobiology of Sensation and Perception
NEUROSCI 390-0Topics in Neuroscience (With approval of the director of undergraduate studies)
BIOL_SCI 305-0Neurobiology Laboratory
ES_APPM 370-1Introduction to Computational Neuroscience

Allied Field Course Lists

Biology (any 6 units)

Course Title
300-level NEUROSCI courses listed under Neuroscience Group B Electives above (except NEUROSCI 398-0 and NEUROSCI 399-0) are eligible if not being used to satisfy other requirements for the major.
BIOL_SCI 215-0Genetics and Molecular Biology
BIOL_SCI 219-0Cell Biology
BIOL_SCI 220-0Genetics and Molecular Processes Laboratory (0.34 units)
BIOL_SCI 221-0Cellular Processes Laboratory (0.34 units)
BIOL_SCI 222-0Investigative Laboratory (0.34 units)
BIOL_SCI 301-0Principles of Biochemistry
or BIOL_SCI 308-0 Biochemistry
BIOL_SCI 305-0Neurobiology Laboratory
BIOL_SCI 315-0Advanced Cell Biology
BIOL_SCI 323-0Bioinformatics: Sequence and Structure Analysis
BIOL_SCI 325-0Animal Physiology
BIOL_SCI 327-0Biology of Aging
BIOL_SCI 344-0Anatomy of Vertebrates
BIOL_SCI 355-0Immunobiology
BIOL_SCI 361-0Protein Structure and Function
BIOL_SCI 378-0Functional Genomics
BIOL_SCI 390-0Advanced Molecular Biology
BIOL_SCI 391-0Development and Evolution of Body Plans
BIOL_SCI 395-0Molecular Genetics
CHEM 210-1Organic Chemistry
CHEM 210-2Organic Chemistry
CHEM 210-3Organic Chemistry
CHEM 230-2Organic Chemistry Lab I (0.34 units)
CHEM 230-3Organic Chemistry Lab II (0.34 units)
The five chemistry courses above have substantial overlap with the 212 and 232 series below. Consult with the Chemistry director of undergraduate studies for exact equivalencies.
CHEM 212-1Organic Chemistry
CHEM 212-2Organic Chemistry
CHEM 212-3Organic Chemistry
CHEM 232-1Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (0.34 units)
CHEM 232-2Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (0.34 units)

Chemistry (any 6 units)

Course Title
CHEM 210-1Organic Chemistry
CHEM 210-2Organic Chemistry
CHEM 210-3Organic Chemistry
CHEM 230-2Organic Chemistry Lab I (0.34 units)
CHEM 230-3Organic Chemistry Lab II (0.34 units)
The five courses above have substantial overlap with the 212 and 232 series below. Consult with the Chemistry director of undergraduate studies for exact equivalencies.
CHEM 212-1Organic Chemistry
CHEM 212-2Organic Chemistry
CHEM 212-3Organic Chemistry
CHEM 232-1Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (0.34 units)
CHEM 232-2Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (0.34 units)
also
CHEM 220-0Introductory Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 305-0Chemistry of Life Processes
CHEM 307-0Materials and Nanochemistry
CHEM 308-0Design, Synthesis, and Applications of Nanomaterials
CHEM 316-0Medicinal Chemistry: the Organic Chemistry of Drug Design and Action
CHEM 329-0Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 342-1Thermodynamics
CHEM 342-2Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
CHEM 342-3Kinetics and Statistical Thermodynamics
CHEM 348-0Physical Chemistry for ISP
CHEM 350-1Advanced Laboratory 1

Computation and Systems Modeling (any 6 units)

Course Title
MATH 230-0Differential Calculus of Multivariable Functions
MATH 234-0Multiple Integration and Vector Calculus
MATH 240-0Linear Algebra
MATH 250-0Elementary Differential Equations
The four courses above have substantial overlap with the 281, 285, 290, and 291 series below. Consult the Math director of undergraduate studies for exact equivalencies.
MATH 281-1Accelerated Mathematics for ISP: First Year
MATH 281-2Accelerated Mathematics for ISP: First Year
MATH 281-3Accelerated Mathematics for ISP: First Year
MATH 285-1Accelerated Mathematics for MMSS: First Year
MATH 285-2Accelerated Mathematics for MMSS: First Year
MATH 285-3Accelerated Mathematics for MMSS: First Year
MATH 290-1MENU: Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus
MATH 290-2MENU: Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus
MATH 290-3MENU: Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus
MATH 291-1MENU: Intensive Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus
MATH 291-2MENU: Intensive Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus
MATH 291-3MENU: Intensive Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus
also
MATH 310-1Probability and Stochastic Processes
MATH 310-2Probability and Stochastic Processes
MATH 310-3Probability and Stochastic Processes
MATH 325-0Complex Analysis
MATH 351-0Fourier Analysis and Boundary Value Problems
MATH 353-0Qualitative Theory of Differential Equations
MATH 354-1Chaotic Dynamical Systems
MATH 360-1MENU: Applied Analysis
MATH 360-2MENU: Applied Analysis
MATH 381-0Fourier Analysis and Boundary Value Problems for ISP
MATH 382-0Complex Analysis and Group Theory for ISP
PHYSICS 330-1Classical Mech
PHYSICS 330-2Classical Mechanics
PHYSICS 337-0Physics of Condensed Matter
PHYSICS 339-1Quantum Mechanics
PHYSICS 339-2Quantum Mechanics
PHYSICS 339-3Particle and Nuclear Physics
PHYSICS 352-0Introduction to Computational Physics
PHYSICS 357-0Optics Laboratory
PHYSICS 360-0General Physics Laboratory
PHYSICS 361-0Classical Optics and Special Relativity
PHYSICS 371-0Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos

Human Behavior and Cognition (any 6 units)

Course Title
COG_SCI 207-0Introduction to Cognitive Modeling
COG_SCI 210-0Language and the Brain
COG_SCI 211-0Learning, Representation & Reasoning
CSD 303-0Brain and Cognition
or PSYCH 365-0 Brain and Cognition
CSD 310-0Biological Foundations of Speech and Music
PSYCH 110-0Introduction to Psychology
PSYCH 205-0Research Methods in Psychology
PSYCH 218-0Developmental Psychology
PSYCH 228-0Cognitive Psychology
PSYCH 248-0Health Psychology
PSYCH 324-0Perception
PSYCH 361-0Brain Damage and the Mind
PSYCH 303-0Psychopathology
PSYCH 321-0Neuroscience & Behavior Laboratory
PSYCH 334-0Language and Thought
PSYCH 336-0Consciousness
PSYCH 359-0Advanced Seminar in Psychology
PSYCH 362-0Cognitive Development
PSYCH 363-0Images of Cognition
PSYCH 368-0Human Memory

Language and Human Communication (any 6 units)

Course Title
COG_SCI 210-0Language and the Brain
CSD 301-0Anatomy and Physiology of the Vocal Mechanism
CSD 302-0Anatomy and Physiology of the Peripheral Hearing Mechanism
CSD 305-0Phonetics
CSD 306-0Psychoacoustics
LING 250-0Sound Patterns in Human Language
LING 260-0Formal Analysis of Words & Sentences
LING 270-0Meaning
LING 311-0Child Language
LING 315-0Experimental Approaches to Word Form Processing
LING 316-0Experimental Syntax
LING 317-0Experimental Pragmatics
LING 321-0Bilingualism
LING 330-0Research Methods in Linguistics
LING 334-0Introduction to Computational Linguistics
LING 336-0Words, Networks and the Internet
LING 342-0Structure of Various Languages
LING 350-0Fundamentals of Laboratory Phonology
LING 360-0Fundamentals of Syntax
LING 361-0Morphology
LING 370-0Fundamentals of Meaning
LING 371-0Reference
LING 372-0Pragmatics
LING 373-0Implicature

Laboratory Experience Options (units depend on option selected):

Two units of credit from 398 or 399 Undergraduate Research in a relevant field:

Course Title
NEUROSCI 399-0Independent Study in Neuroscience (multiple registrations)
NEUROSCI 398-0Senior Thesis Seminar (With approval of the director of undergraduate studies)
Two units of Undergraduate Research (typically numbered 398 or 399) in another relevant field may satisfy this requirement with the approval of the director of undergraduate studies.
Two units of approved 398 or 399 Undergraduate Research may be used in place of one unit of credit in an Allied Field.

One unit of credit from laboratory or methods undergraduate coursework:

Course Title
Some courses on this list double-count for an Allied Field or Neuroscience Elective.
NEUROSCI 350-0Advanced Neurophysiology Laboratory
NEUROSCI 355-0Neurogenetics of Behavior Laboratory
PSYCH 205-0Research Methods in Psychology
BIOL_SCI 305-0Neurobiology Laboratory
BIOL_SCI 220-0Genetics and Molecular Processes Laboratory (0.34 units)
BIOL_SCI 221-0Cellular Processes Laboratory (0.34 units)
BIOL_SCI 222-0Investigative Laboratory (0.34 units)
CHEM 230-2Organic Chemistry Lab I (0.34 units)
CHEM 230-3Organic Chemistry Lab II (0.34 units)
Other with the approval of the director of undergraduate studies.

Related Courses Required for the Major in Neuroscience:

1 Biology course:

Course Title
BIOL_SCI 217-0Physiology

1 Computer Programming course chosen from:

Course Title
EECS 110-0Introduction to Computer Programming
EECS 111-0Fundamentals of Computer Programming
INTG_SCI 101-1
INTG_SCI 101-2
Computing Applications
and Computing Applications
With approval of the director of undergraduate studies, either BIOL_SCI 323-0 or ES_APPM 370-1 may count in place of a Computer Programming related course for the Neuroscience major, instead of as a Neuroscience Elective or Allied Field course.

Calculus sequence chosen from:

Course Title
MATH 220-0Differential Calculus of One-Variable Functions
MATH 224-0Integral Calculus of One-Variable Functions
or
MATH 212-0Single Variable Calculus I
MATH 213-0Single Variable Calculus II
MATH 214-0Single Variable Calculus III
Other with approval of the director of undergraduate studies

Chemistry sequence chosen from:

Course Title
CHEM 110-0Quantitative Problem Solving in Chemistry
CHEM 131-0General Chemistry 1
CHEM 141-0General Chemistry Laboratory 1 (0.34 units)
CHEM 132-0General Chemistry 2
CHEM 142-0General Chemistry Laboratory 2 (0.34 units)
or
CHEM 151-0Accelerated General Chemistry 1
CHEM 152-0Accelerated General Chemistry 2
CHEM 161-0Accelerated General Chemistry Laboratory 1 (0.34 units)
CHEM 162-0Accelerated General Chemistry Laboratory 2 (0.34 units)
or
CHEM 171-0Advanced General Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 172-0Advanced General Physical Chemistry
CHEM 181-0Advanced General Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (0.34 units)
CHEM 182-0Advanced General Physical Chemistry Laboratory (0.34 units)

Physics sequence chosen from:

Course Title
PHYSICS 130-1College Physics
PHYSICS 136-1General Physics Laboratory (0.34 units)
PHYSICS 130-2College Physics
PHYSICS 136-2General Physics Laboratory (0.34 units)
PHYSICS 130-3College Physics
PHYSICS 136-3General Physics Laboratory (0.34 units)
or
PHYSICS 135-1General Physics
PHYSICS 136-1General Physics Laboratory (0.34 units)
PHYSICS 135-2General Physics
PHYSICS 136-2General Physics Laboratory (0.34 units)
PHYSICS 135-3General Physics
PHYSICS 136-3General Physics Laboratory (0.34 units)
or
PHYSICS 140-1Fundamentals of Physics
PHYSICS 136-1General Physics Laboratory (0.34 units)
PHYSICS 140-2Fundamentals of Physics
PHYSICS 136-2General Physics Laboratory (0.34 units)
PHYSICS 140-3Fundamentals of Physics
PHYSICS 136-3General Physics Laboratory (0.34 units)

1 Statistics course chosen from:

Course Title
CSD 304-0Statistics in Communication Sciences and Disorders
IEMS 201-0Introduction to Statistics
PSYCH 201-0Statistical Methods in Psychology
STAT 202-0Introduction to Statistics
STAT 210-0Introductory Statistics for the Social Sciences
STAT 383-0Probability and Statistics for ISP
Other with the approval of the director of undergraduate studies.

Honors in Neuroscience

Majors with strong academic records and significant research accomplishments may pursue honors in neuroscience. Interested students should contact the director of undergraduate studies by email at the beginning of fall quarter senior year. Considerations for honors include GPA and the quality of a written thesis based on the student’s research. Students also must complete at least 1 quarter of NEUROSCI 399-0 Independent Study in Neuroscience, followed by NEUROSCI 398-0 Senior Thesis Seminar in winter of senior year. Students meeting department requirements may be recommended to the college for graduation with honors. For more information consult the department website and see Honors in the Major.