Important Information for Neurobiology Majors:  NTP 500 - Neuroscience Seminar has been changed to ZOOLOGY 500. This is still the same class. Also, ZOOLOGY  524 - Neurobiology II: An Introduction to the Brain and Behavior, is no longer offered. If you are looking for the equivalent replacement course, that is PSYCHOLOGY 454 - Behavioral Neuroscience.

Note: Some Psychology course numbers have changed. The courses are still the same, the new number is accepted in the Neurobiology Major.  


 

Requirements for the Neurobiology Major

Students in the Neurobiology Major are required to have a solid background in mathematics, statistics, chemistry, and physics.  Further, Neurobiology students will need to complete one of three different introductory biology options. Two core neuroscience courses, molecular and systems neuroscience, and a neuroscience seminar are essential components of the major. Additionally, Neurobiology Major students will need to take three Distributed Neuroscience courses and have a research based experience that includes a lab course or independent study.

Mathmatics, Statistics, Chemistry, and Physics:

Calculus: MATH  211, 217, 221 or 275
Statistics: STAT 371, 541 or BOTANY 575 - Intro to Modern Statistical Methods for Biologists
General Chemistry: (CHEM 103-104) or CHEM 109 or (CHEM 115-116)
Organic Chemistry:  CHEM 341 or (CHEM 343 & 345)
General Physics 1​1 :  PHYSICS 103, 201, 207, or 247
General Physics 2:  PHYSICS 104, 202, 208 or 248

Biological Science Credits Required for the Major:  30

Courses in the categories of GENERAL BIOLOGY, REQUIRED NEUROSCIENCE and LAB/RESEARCH below may contribute to a minimum of 30 credits in Biological Sciences courses required for the major.  If needed, courses from an approved list may also count.

General Biology (Complete one option):

  1. Introductory Biology 1 & 2:  ZOOLOGY 151-152
  2. Animal Biology + General Botany:  ZOOLOGY 101-102 & BOTANY 130
  3. BIOCORE (Honors)​2 :  BIOCORE 381, 383, 485, 587 and two labs from:  BIOCORE 382, 384, 486

Required Neuroscience Courses3:

Neurobiology:  ZOOLOGY 523
Behavioral Neuroscience:  PSYCH 454 (formerly ZOOLOGY 524) 
Neuroscience Seminar:  ZOOLOGY 500 (formerly NTP)

Distributed Neuroscience Coursework (choose 3 courses from this list, no more than one course with an asterisk (*) may apply (see note below): 

BIOCHEM 501 - Introduction to Biochemistry*
BIOCHEM 508 – General Biochemistry 2*
BIOCHEM 630 - Cellular Signal Transduction Mechanisms*
CS&D 210 - Neural Basis of Communication
CS&D 503 - Neural Mechanisms of Speech, Hearing & Language
ED PSYCH 326 - Mind, Brain and Education
KINES 531 - Neural Control of Movement
NTP 610 - Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
NTP/ZOOLOGY 616 - Lab Course in Neurobiology & Behavior
NTP 629 - Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Memory
NTP 630 - Neuronal Mechanisms for Sensation & Memory in the Cerebral Cortex
NTP 635 - Neurobiology of Disease
NTP 670 - Stem Cells and the Central Nervous System
NTP 675 - Topic: Basic Sleep Mechanisms & Sleep Disorders
NTP 675 – Topic: Brain Mapping in Health and Disease: Applications
NTP 675 - Topic: Functional Brain Imaging of Cognitive Disorders
NTP 675 - Topic: Molecular Mechanisms of Brain Damage
NTP 675 – Topic: Methods for Neuroimaging Research
NTP 675 - Topic: Neuroendocrinology
NTP 675 - Topic: Reproductive Neuroendocrinology
PHM SCI 521 - Pharmacology I
PHYSIOL 335 – Physiology*
PHYSIOL 435 – Fundamentals of Human Physiology*
PSYCH 406 - Psychology of Perception
PSYCH 414 - Cognitive Psychology
PSYCH 514 - Hormones, Brain, and Behavior (formerly PSYCH 501)
PSYCH 556 - Hormones and Behavior
PSYCH 601 - Topic: Epigenetics and the Brain (formerly PSYCH 411)
PSYCH 601 - Topic: Neuropharmacology(formerly PSYCH 411)  
PSYCH 601 - Topic: Neural Basis of Cognitive Control (formerly PSYCH 411)
PSYCH 601 - Topic: Neuroeconomics (formerly PSYCH 411)
PSYCH 611 - Systems Neuroscience 
ZOOLOGY 555 - Laboratory in Developmental Biology
ZOOLOGY 603 - Endocrinology
ZOOLOGY 604 - Computer-based Gene and Disease/Disorder Research Lab
ZOOLOGY 611 - Comparative & Evolutionary Physiology
ZOOLOGY 619 - Biology of Mind
ZOOLOGY 620 - Neuroethology Seminar
ZOOLOGY 625 - Development of the Nervous System
ZOOLOGY 655 - Topic:  Modeling Neurodevelopmental Disease
ZOOLOGY 674 - Behavioral Neuroendocrinology

Lab/Research Experience (Complete one option)​4

  1. Neuroscience Laboratory course (one course):
    BIOCORE 486 - Organismal Biology Laboratory
    PHYSIOL 435 - Fundamentals of Human Physiology*
    PSYCH 621 - TOPIC: Capstone Mentored Research and Seminar
    ZOOLOGY 555 - Laboratory in Developmental Biology
    ZOOLOGY 604 - Computer-based Gene and Disease/Disorder Research Lab
    ZOOLOGY 612 – Comparative Physiology 
    ​ZOOLOGY 616 - Lab course in Neurobiology & Behavior
  2. Directed/Independent Study (3 credits in a 699 course in any of the following subjects): ANATOMY, ANESTHES, BIOLOGY, BMOLCHEM, CHEM, COMP BIO, CRB, CS&D, ED PSYCH,  FAM MED, GENETICS, KINES, MEDICINE, MED PHYS, MED SC-V, M M & I, MOL BIOL, NEURODPT, NEUROL, NEURSURG, NTP, NUTR SCI, OBS&GYN, ONCOLOGY, OPHTHALM, PATH, PATH-BIO, PEDIAT, PHM SCI, PHYSIOL, POP HLTH, PSYCH, PSYCHIAT, RADIOL, SURGERY, ZOOLOGY
  3. Two-semester Senior Thesis or Senior Honors Thesis​6 : course number 691-692 or 681-682 in any of the departments listed in option 2.

L&S STANDARDS FOR RESIDENCE & QUALITY OF WORK IN THE MAJOR

2.000 minimum GPA on all courses in the major
15 credits in Residence with a 2.000 GPA in upper level major courses (numbered 300 or higher)
15 credits in the major taken ON CAMPUS


[1]  Engineering students may substitute E M A 201 and either (E M A202 or M E 240) for Physics 1.
[2]  Completion of the BIOCORE sequence connotes an Honors award at the time of graduation.
[3]  The Required Neuroscience courses (e.g., Zoology 523, Psychology 454) and several of the Distributed Neuroscience courses are taught yearly while other courses are taught every other year. 
[4]  Qualifying courses taken for Neuroscience Electives may also meet the Lab/Research requirement.
[5]  Only Directed Study courses taken after – and not concurrent with – the completion of Introductory Biology are accepted in the major.
[6]  Both semesters of a Senior Thesis (691-692) or Senior Honors Thesis (681-682) are required to earn degree credit and apply to the major.​
*While these courses do contain some neurobiology content and are integrative in nature, the scope of topic areas covered in these classes prohibits a larger treatment of neurobiology subject matter. Therefore, you may take these classes but only 1 course marked with an * will be accepted for your distributed Neuroscience coursework. Please see a Neurobiology Major adviser if you have questions.