The B.S. degree in neuroscience requires 61 semester hours in biology, chemistry, and psychology, with grades of C- or better in the required major courses. The program involves 37 semester hours of required major courses that serve as the major's foundation, providing students with an understanding of the disciplines that come together to make up the field of neuroscience. In addition, the 61 semester hour total includes 12 semester hours of chemistry courses. Another 12 semester hours of upper-division electives are taken, which must include at least one course with a laboratory component. The neuroscience major capstone represents a full academic year of extended experimental investigation in collaboration with a faculty mentor. Neuroscience students will be able to complete many of their Central Curriculum requirements within the major.

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37        Required Major Courses

4 NEUR-101 Introduction to Neuroscience
4 NEUR-510 Neuroscience Student Research I
4 NEUR-511 Neuroscience Student Research II
4 BIOL-102 Cell Biology and Genetics
4 BIOL-455 Functional Neuroanatomy
4 PSYC-101 Principles of Psychology
4 PSYC-123 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
4 PSYC-223 Research Methods in Psychology
4 PSYC-342 Behavioral Neuroscience
1 PSYC-360 Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience

12        Cognate Chemistry Courses

4          General Chemistry I (CHEM-101, CHEM-103, CHEM-111)

4          General Chemistry II or Structure and Reacativity (CHEM-102, CHEM-104 or CHEM-232)

4          CHEM-221 Organic Chemistry I

12        Advanced Electives (at least one elective must include a laboratory component)

4          BIOL-300 and BIOL-301 Developmental Biology and lab

4          BIOL-302 and BIOL-303 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and lab

4          BIOL-306 and BIOL-307 Cell Biology and lab

4          BIOL-310 and BIOL-311 Animal Physiology and lab

4          BIOL-316 and BIOL-317 Molecular Biology and lab

4          BIOL-319 Advanced Genetics

4          BIOL-320 and BIOL-321 Exercise and Extreme Physiology and lab

4          BIOL-324 and BIOL-325 Animal Behavior and lab

4          BIOL-400 and BIOL-401 Immunology and lab

4          BIOL-440 and BIOL-441 Behavioral Neuroendocrinology and lab

4          CHEM-302 Medicinal Chemistry

4          BIOL-424/CHEM-424 and BIOL-429/CHEM-429 The Biochemistry of Metabolism and lab

4          BIOL-422/CHEM-422 and BIOL-423/CHEM-423 The Biochemistry of Nucleic Acid and lab

4          BIOL-426/CHEM-426 and BIOL-427/CHEM-427 The Biochemistry of Proteins and Enzymes and lab

4 CSCI-235 Artificial Life
4 HLCR-302 Human Physiology
4 NEUR-500 Topics in Neuroscience
4 PSYC-320 Abnormal Psychology
4 PSYC-340 Cognitive Psychology
4 PSYC-344 Learning Processes
4 PSYC-346 Sensation and Perception
4 PSYC-348 Psycholinguistics
1 PSYC-361 Laboratory in Cognitive Psychology
1 PSYC-362 Laboratory in Learning Processes
1 PSYC-363 Laboratory in Sensation and Perception

NEUR-101 Introduction to Neuroscience

This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience: the study of the neural basis of complex behavioral and cognitive phenomena. This course includes a laboratory component where students will be actively engaged in the process of scientific inquiry. 4 SH. CC: Scientific Explanations.

NEUR-500 Topics in Neuroscience

Varying topics reflecting student and instructor interest. Possible topics could include developmental neurobiology and diseases of the brain. Prerequisites: NEUR-101, PSYC-101, and BIOL-102 or instructor permission. Variable credit

NEUR-510 Neuroscience Student Research I

Neuroscience Student Research I introduces students to methods and techniques of neuroscience research in the context of a collaborative research project. Prerequisite: Senior standing in neuroscience or instructor's permission. 4 SH. Capstone.

NEUR-511 Neuroscience Student Research II

Collaborative research with an emphasis on presentation of data and explanation of results. Prerequisite: NEUR-510 or instructor's permission. 4 SH. CC: Oral Intensive, Writing Intensive.

NEUR-502 Independent Study

Individualized academic work for qualified students under faculty direction. 1-4 SH.

James Briggs, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4388

Tammy C. Tobin, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

Margaret T. Peeler, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4207

Matthew Persons, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

Erin Rhinehart, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-2008

Kathleen Bailey, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology

Jennifer Asmuth, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4713

Samuel Day, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology

Honors in Neuroscience. The departmental honors program encourages and recognizes outstanding performance in neuroscience. To graduate with honors in neuroscience, students must do the following:

  • Complete all of the requirements for the major, and
  • Have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.25 and a neuroscience GPA of 3.50