Recommended Course of Study

Year 1

  • Biology 150 or Biology 125 or Ch/Bi 125-227
  • Biology 227

Year 2

  • Psych 238 Biopsychology
  • Neuro 239 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

Years 2–4

  • 200-level elective
  • 300-level elective
  • ID elective
  • (Note that some upper level biology courses require Bio 126 as a pre-req., and some upper level psychology courses require Psych 230 and statistics as pre-reqs.)

Year 4

  • Capstone Seminar

Psychology 238 Biopsychology

How do biological factors influence fundamental aspects of psychology and behavior? In this course, students learn about relationships between the brain and behavior and use neuroanatomical, physiological, and biochemical levels of analysis to understand basic behavioral processes and systems, including sensation, movement, emotion, sleep and arousal, hunger, motivation, learning, and psychopathology. Prerequisite: Psychology 125 or Biology 123 or 125. Offered each semester.

Neuroscience 239 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

Neuroscience is one of the fastest growing fields in he sciences, with research interests ranging from molecular genetics to whole animal behavior. Topics include membrane biophysics, synaptic transmission and plasticity, intracellular signaling, sensory transduction, motor control systems, and development. Counts towards the Biology and Psychology majors. Prerequisite: Biology 125 or Integrated Chemistry/Biology 127. Offered Spring semester.

Approved Courses

200-Level Foundation Elective Courses

  • Biology 233, Intermediate Genetics
  • Biology 243, Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biology 247, Animal Physiology
  • Biology 248, Invertebrate Zoology
  • Psychology 225, Psychophysiology
  • Psychology 235, Sensation and Perception
  • Psychology 236, Conditioning and Learning
  • Psychology 237, Cognition, Learning and Memory
  • Another appropriate Biology or Psychology course with permission of the Program Director 

300-Level Advanced Science Elective Courses (1 required from a different department than the 200-level foundation elective course)

  • Biology 341, Cell Physiology
  • Biology 372, Developmental Biology
  • Biology 386, Animal Behavior
  • Biology 387, Neuroethology
  • Chemistry 373*, Experimental Biochemistry
  • Chemistry 379*, Biochemistry
  • *Note: Both Chemistry 373 and 379 must be taken in order for 379 to count toward the concentration
  • Physics 390, Topics in Physics
  • Psychology 385, Human Neuropsychology
  • Psychology 395, Advanced Research Methods in Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Directed Undergraduate Research (Biology 396, Psychology 396 or Neuroscience 396) on a neuroscience topic with permission of the Program Director
  • Independent Research (Biology 398, Psychology 398 or Neuroscience 398) on a neuroscience topic with permission of the Program Director
  • Another appropriate advanced science course with permission of the Program Director 

Interdisciplinary Elective Courses (1 required)

  • Computer Science 231, Mathematical Foundations of Computing
  • Computer Science 233, Theory of Computation
  • Computer Science 253, Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Computer Science 315, Bioinformatics
  • Dance 232, Movement Analysis
  • Math 230, Introduction to Differential Equations
  • Math 235, Mathematics of Biology
  • Math 330, Differential Equations
  • Philosophy 231, Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy 250, Biomedical Ethics
  • Exercise Science 373, Motor Learning
  • Exercise Science 374, Biomechanics
  • Science Conversation 213, 215 and 217 (the year-long program)
  • Statistics 272, Statistical Modeling
  • Statistics 276, Design of Experiments
  • Statistics 316, Advanced Statistical Modeling
  • Statistics 322, Statistical Theory
  • Another appropriate interdisciplinary course with permission of the Program Director 

Capstone Seminar (1 required)

  • Designated Seminar In Biology (e.g., Biology 385, Neuroscience Seminar)
  • Designated Seminar In Psychology (e.g., Psychology 336, Neuroscience of Addiction; Psychology
  • 337, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory; Psychology 338, Neurobiology of
  • Psychopathology)
  • Other Designated Seminars in Chemistry, Biology, Psychology or Exercise Science, with permission of the Program Director