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.


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
Other Designated Seminars in Chemistry, Biology, Psychology or Exercise Science, with permission of the Program Director