Neuroscience Major

The interdisciplinary Neuroscience major prepares students for the emerging opportunities in psychology, medicine and science by engaging students in coursework in psychology, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and philosophy. These courses will teach how signals in the brain underlie important processes such as memory, learning, and sensory perception and lead to the understanding of pathologies such as schizophrenia, dementia, and developmental disorders. Upon completing the Neuroscience major students will be prepared for advanced study in graduate programs and medical school.

The rapidly evolving technology of neuroscience is allowing researchers to ask new questions and make dramatic progress in understanding brain function and related disorders. Simpson Neuroscience students conduct research with faculty in Psychology and Biology. Current research experiences include the use of cellular and molecular methods, electroencephalographic (EEG) techniques, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and a wide variety of psychophysiology measures to investigate neural development, language, attention, sensory perception and pain management. Students will also have the opportunity to apply their knowledge through internships at a variety of clinical settings.

Depending upon their focus in the major, students completing the Neuroscience major can be prepared for advanced study in graduate programs such as PhD programs in biology or psychology, or health and medical programs such as occupational therapy, optometry, nursing, and medical school.

Neuroscience Major Required Courses:

Neuroscience Foundation (complete all)

  • Biol  111    Principles of Biology II
  • Psyc 233   Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Biol  255   Biological Neuroscience
  • Psyc 329   Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Chem 101 Bonds & Structures I

Preparation for Neuroscience Research (complete all)

  • Psyc 214 Research Methods in Psychology

Neuroscience Capstone Experience (one required)

  • Neur 375 Neuroscience Research
  • Biol   373 Physiology Seminar

Neuroscience electives:  Four additional courses, at least one numbered 300 or above from the following list. Courses counted toward another major may not be used as electives for the Neuroscience major.

  • Biol 225   Human Physiology
  • Biol 235   Human Embryology
  • Biol 251    Microbiology
  • Biol 270   Basic Genetics
  • Biol 322   Human Anatomy
  • Biol 334   Cellular Biology
  • Biol 360   Molecular Genetics
  • Chem 102   Bonds & Structures II
  • Chem 201   Organic Chemistry I
  • Chem 202   Organic Chemistry II
  • Chem 330   Biochemistry
  • Phys 151   Principles of Physics I
  • Phys 152   Principles of Physics II
  • Phys 191   General Physics I
  • Phys 192   General Physics II
  • Math 151   Calculus I
  • Psyc 237   Cognitive Psychology
  • Psyc 334   Psychology of Language
  • Psyc 336   Sensation and Perception
  • Phil 345    Philosophy of Science
  • Phil 235    Health Care Ethics