SUGGESTED 4-Year Plan for Neurobiology Major Degree in L&S

The table below shows one way to complete the curriculum requirements for the Neurobiology Major. The credit loads are approximate because required classes may have different credits (e.g., a course from the Distributed Neurobiology list may be worth 2 or 3 credits). Also, research credits in 699 may vary between 1-3 credits. See notes below the table for those interested in health professional careers or honors credit.

Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

First Year

Comm A (3 cr)
Math 211, 217, 221 or 275 (5 cr)
Chemistry 103 or 109 (4 or 5 cr)
Ethnic Studies (3 cr)

Total Credit Load: 15 or 16

Foreign Language III (3 cr)
Stat 371, 541 or Botany 575 (3cr)

Chemistry 104 (5 cr)
Zoology 151 (5cr)

Total Credit Load: 16

Second Year

Organic Chem 341 or 343 (3 cr)
Zoology 152 (5 cr)
Social Science (3 cr)
**Elective (3 cr)

Total Credit Load: 14

Organic Chemistry 345 (3 cr)
Physics 103 (4 cr)
Literature (3 cr)
Social Science (3 cr)

Total Credit Load: 13

Third Year

Zoology 523 (3 cr)
Physics 104 (4 cr)
Humanities (3 cr)
Social Science (3 cr)
Elective (3 cr)

Total Credit Load: 16

Psychology 454 (3 cr)
Distributed Neurobiology Course (3 cr)
Social Science (3 cr)
Elective (3 cr)
Elective (3 cr)

Total Credit Load: 15

Fourth Year

Distributed Neurobiology Course (3 cr)
Neuro lab course or 699 (2 or 3 cr)
Literature (3 cr)
Elective (3cr)
Elective (3 cr)

Total Credit Load: 14 or 15

Distributed Neurobiology Course (3 cr)
Neuro lab course or 699 (2 or 3 cr)
Neurobiology Seminar (500) (1 cr)
Humanities (3 cr)
Elective (3 cr)

Total Credit Load ~ 12 or 13

**Elective – can indicate that some students may need to take elective courses to meet the 30-credit total required in Biological Sciences for the Neurobiology Major. Students are encouraged to take more neuroscience-related courses even after they have completed three courses from the Distributed Neuroscience course list. See a list of approved elective courses here.

Pre-health professional career students – Students are strongly urged to meet with the Center for Pre-Health Advising at UW-Madison to obtain the most recent and accurate information to prepare for application to health professional training programs. For example, many professional programs MAY require Organic Chemistry 343, 344, 345, as well as Biochemistry 501 or 507-508. While Biochemistry 501 is on the Distributed Neuroscience course list (and fulfills a Neurobiology Major requirement), students need to decide early on whether to take Organic Chemistry 341 (satisfies Neurobiology Major requirement, but possibly not health professional school requirements) or the Organic Chemistry 343-345 sequence (satisfies both Neurobiology Major and health professional school requirements).

Honors in Neurobiology – Graduating with the “honors” distinction is as rewarding as it is challenging. Students interested in fulfilling the honors requirements should follow L&S procedures (http://honors.ls.wisc.edu/) and plan carefully well in advance of program requirements. Students interested in honors in the Neurobiology Major should make an appointment with a Neurobiology Major advisor for help in planning their progress.