MaconCatalog : College of Liberal Arts and Sciences : ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS : NEUROSCIENCE
Katharine Northcutt, Director/Associate Professor of Biology
The departments of Biology and Psychology collaboratively offer the interdisciplinary major in Neuroscience to allow students to explore the intersection of psychology and biology. Successful completion of the Neuroscience major leads to a B.S. degree and also fulfills the CLAS Additional Depth of Understanding requirement. Courses in this major require students to explore neuroscience from the cellular, systems, and behavioral levels. The required courses will also foster skills in critical thinking, science writing, research, and oral communication. The program will help prepare students who plan to pursue a graduate program in neuroscience or related programs, a health-related profession, or a career in science education.
Major in Neuroscience
69 credit hours minimum
Successful completion of this major fulfills the CLAS Additional Depth of Understanding requirement.
BIO 211. Introduction to Biology I
BIO 212. Introduction to Biology II
BIO 310. Genetics
BIO 435. Neurobiology
One option from:
CHM 111—112. General Chemistry I and II
CHM 115. Advanced General Chemistry (this option requires 66 hours minimum)
CHM 221. Organic Chemistry I
CHM 222. Organic Chemistry II
MAT 191. Calculus I
PSY 101. Introduction to Psychology
PSY 210. Biopsychology
NEU 394. Foundations in Research Methods and Statistics
NEU 400. Capstone Seminar in Neuroscience
Two courses from:
BIO 361. The Biology of Sex and Gender
PSY 205. Psychology of Learning
PSY 212. Drugs and Behavior
PSY 215. Cognitive Psychology
PSY 221. Health Psychology
PSY 225. Sensation & Perception
An approved PSY 285. Special Topics
Two courses from:
BIO 301. Vertebrate Zoology
BIO 325. Comparative Animal Physiology
BIO 410. Molecular Genetics
BIO 450 and 450L. Development with Laboratory
PSY 312. Animal Behavior
PSY 321. Health Behaviors Laboratory
An approved PSY 385. Special Topics
One course from:
BMB 465. Biochemistry I
PSY 414. Hormones & Behavior
PSY 416. Evolutionary Psychology
An approved BIO 390. Special Topics in Biology
An approved BIO 490. Advanced Topics in Biology
An approved PSY 485. Special Topics in Psychology
At least 3 hours of approved BIO 499. Independent Research in Biology
At least 3 hours of approved PSY 495. Directed Independent Research
An approved PSY 490 a—b: Empirical Project in Psychology I and II
An approved PSY 496 a—b: Honors Project in Psychology I and II
Successful completion of senior comprehensive exams. The program currently uses the Major Field Tests in both Biology and Psychology for this purpose.
Students may attain Honors in Neuroscience by fulfilling the following requirements: (1) discuss the possibility of Honors with the student’s academic advisor so that the student can be assigned to a faculty advisor in either Biology or Psychology by the end of the semester in which the student accumulates 90 semester credit hours, and keep this advisor informed of progress toward satisfying the Honors requirements; (2) complete the degree in Neuroscience with grade point averages of 3.50 or above in above courses required for the major and of 3.25 or above overall; (3) complete at least 4 semester hours of approved research (BIO 499, PSY 490, PSY 495, or PSY 496) with a grade point average of 3.00 or above; and (4) write a research paper of publishable quality on an approved topic, using the format of a peer-reviewed journal chosen by the Honors advisor.
NEU 394. Foundations in Research Methods and Statistics (4 hours)
(Same as PSY 394)
Prerequisite: PSY 101.
An introduction to the research methods and statistical analyses used by psychologists and behavioral neuroscientists. Includes basic research designs, issues of reliability and validity, and parametric and nonparametric hypothesis testing. Required for psychology minors and neuroscience majors; may not be used to fulfill the major requirements in psychology (Every semester)
NEU 400. Capstone Seminar in Neuroscience (1 hour)
Prerequisites: senior status and either BIO 435 or PSY 210.
This capstone seminar will focus on current developments across the field of neuroscience. Students are required to read, analyze, present, and discuss primary literature. (Every year)