Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in Neuroscience

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Program with a major in Neuroscience must complete:

• A minimum of 62-66 credit hours to satisfy major requirements, dependent on course selection.

• A minimum of 122-126 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements, dependent on course selection.

• A minimum of 60 credit hours outside of major requirements.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor (or official certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.


 Foundation Courses: 12 Courses, 34-35 credit hours     Elective Courses: 4 Courses, 12-13 credit hours 
 MATH 101 Single Variable Calculus 1    BIOC 129 BrainSTEM: Science Outreach
 MATH 102 Single Variable Calculus II  3    BIOC 442 Behavioral Neuroscience
 CHEM 122/124 General Chemistry II with lab     BIOC 475 Advanced Neurodevelopment
 PHYS 125 General Physics I or PHYS 101:Mechanics 4    BIOC 449   Advanced Cell and Molecular Science
 PHYS 126 General Physics II or PHYS 102: Electricity/Magnetism        4    BIOE/ELEC 381 Fundamentals of Electrophysiology
 BIOC 201  Introductory Biology    BIOE 492 Sensory Neuroengineering
 CAAM 210 Introduction to Computational Engineering     CAAM/NEUR 415 / ELEC 488 Theoretical Neuroscience
 PSYC 203 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology     CAAM/NEUR 416 / ELEC 489 Neural Computation
 Select one from the following:     COMP/ELEC 440 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
 STAT 305 Intro to Stats for BioSciences                 EBIO 321 Animal Behavior
 STAT 310 Probability & Statistics     ELEC/NEUR 382 Introduction to Computational Neuroscience
 STAT 312 Probability & Statistics for Engineers    ELEC 475 Learning from Sensor Data 3
         LING 411 Neuro-linguistics 3
 Core Courses: 4 Courses, 12 credit hours    NEUR 301 Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience: Attention and Perception 3
 NEUR/PSYC 362 Cognitive Neuroscience    NEUR 302 Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience: Higher Cognitive Functions 3
 NEUR/BIOC/PSYC 380 Fundamental Neuroscience Systems     NEUR 310* Independent Research for Neuroscience 3
 NEUR 383 / ELEC 380 Introduction to Neuroengineering     PHIL 103 Philosophical Aspects of Cognitive Science 3
 NEUR/BIOC 385 Mollecular/Cellular Neuroscience     PHIL 303 Theory of Knowledge 3
         PHIL 312 Philosophy of Mind 3
 Project-Based Laboratory Courses: 3 Courses, 4-6 credit hours    PHIL 358 Philosophy of Neuroscience 3
 BIOC 212 Experimental Neuroscience     PHIL 359 Animal Minds 3
 Select two from the following:    PSYC 354 Introduction to Social and Affective Neuroscience 3
 NEUR 364 Cognitive Neuroscience lab 1    PSYC 375 Neuropsychology of Language and Memory 3
 BIOC 415 Experimental Physiology 1    PSYC 432 Brain and Behavior 3
 BIOC 417 Exp. Cell and Molecular Neuroscience 1        
 NEUR 310  Independent Study in Neuroscience        

*If a student who has previously chosen NEUR 310 to count as a Project-Based Laboratory Course takes the course a second time (for at least three credit hours), then it can be used as an Elective Course toward the major.