Major Requirements

Neuroscience

The neuroscience major—The major requires 16 courses, including nine core courses and seven course credits from the list of electives. Electives must be selected from at least three different departments (biology, chemistry, engineering, neuroscience, philosophy, or psychology). No course grade of less than C- may be counted toward the major.

  • Core course requirements:
    • BIOL 182L. Evolution of Life
    • BIOL 183L. The Cellular Basis of Life
    • CHEM 111L. Introductory Chemistry I
    • CHEM 112L. Introductory Chemistry II
    • MATH 107. Elements of Statistics or MATH 131. Calculus I or MATH 207. Statistical Data Analysis
    • NESC 201. Principles of Neuroscience
    • NESC 201L. Principles of Neuroscience or NESC 301L. Introduction to Neuroscience Methodology
    • NESC 388. Current Issues in Neuroscience
    • PSYC 261. Brain and Behavior
  • Core electives—Must take four of these:
    • BIOL 456L. The Biology of Communication
    • BIOL 473. Sensory Biology
    • ENGR 311. Electrophysiology of the Central Nervous System
    • ENGR 316. Neural Engineering
    • NESC 315. Functional Neuroanatomy
    • NESC 320. Developmental Neuroscience
    • NESC 350. Neuroethics
    • NESC 362. Neuroethology
    • NESC 401. Neurochemistry
    • NESC 402. Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
    • PHIL 374. Minds and Brains
    • PSYC 302. Behavioral Neuroscience
    • PSYC 365. Cognitive Neuroscience
    • PSYC 391. Psychology of Language
    • PSYC 392. Human Neuropsychology
    • PSYC 434. Current Issues in Cognition
    • PSYC 464. Neuropsychopharmacology
  • Cognate electives—Must take three additional electives (can be from the core electives above or from the following):
    • BIOL 211L. Electron Microscopy
    • BIOL 224. Genetics
    • BIOL 227L. Cell Biology
    • BIOL 317. Biochemistry
    • BIOL 319L. Animal Physiology
    • CHEM 211L. Elementary Organic Chemistry I
    • NESC 425. Research in Neuroscience (1.0 credit)*
    • PHIL 244. The Music of Thought
    • PHIL 357. Issues in Cognitive Science
    • PSYC 255. Cognitive Psychology
    • PSYC 293. Perception
    • PSYC 339. Developmental Psychopathology

*HFPR 202. Health Care Research may substitute for NESC 425 provided the research is done in a neurological, neurosurgical, neuropsychiatric, or basic neuroscience laboratory setting. This substitution must be approved by the program director.

  • Two of the following courses combine to satisfy one neuroscience cognate elective:
    • NESC 202L. Clinical Neuroanatomy
    • NESC 425. Research in Neuroscience (0.5 credit)
  • Only one of the following courses may be used as a neuroscience cognate elective:
    • BIOL 120. Genes, Clones and Biotechnology
    • BIOL 140. Biological Systems
    • NESC 101. The Brain
    • NESC 120. Nervous Connections
    • NESC 262. Introduction to Animal Behavior
    • PSYC 265. Drugs and Behavior
  • The Writing Intensive Part II requirement is fulfilled by one of the following courses:
    • NESC 362. Neuroethology
    • NESC 401. Neurochemistry
    • NESC 402. Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
    • PHIL 374. Minds and Brains
    • PSYC 302. Behavioral Neuroscience
    • PSYC 339. Developmental Psychopathology
    • PSYC 365. Cognitive Neuroscience
    • PSYC 392. Human Neuropsychology

Breadth requirement—Electives must cover three departments (NESC, PSYC, BIOL, CHEM, ENGR, PHIL)

Depth option—In order to be designated as fulfilling a concentration in one area of neuroscience, students who choose to do so (in addition to fulfilling the breadth requirements above) must complete four electives as listed below. This will be indicated on their transcript (e.g., Neuroscience: Cellular/Molecular Concentration).

Four electives fulfill depth in one area:

  • Cellular/Molecular
    • BIOL 224. Genetics
    • BIOL 317L. Biochemistry
    • ENGR 311. Electrophysiology of the Central Nervous System
    • ENGR 316. Neural Engineering
    • NESC 320. Developmental Neuroscience
    • NESC 401. Neurochemistry
    • NESC 402. Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
  • Systems/Behavioral
    • BIOL 319L. Animal Physiology
    • BIOL 456L. The Biology of Communication
    • BIOL 473. Sensory Biology
    • NESC 262. Introduction to Animal Behavior
    • NESC 362. Neuroethology
    • PSYC 302. Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Clinical/Cognitive
    • PHIL 357. Issues in Cognitive Science
    • PHIL 374. Minds and Brains
    • PSYC 339. Developmental Psychopathology
    • PSYC 365. Cognitive Neuroscience
    • PSYC 391. Psychology of Language
    • PSYC 392. Human Neuropsychology
    • PSYC 434. Current Issues in Cognition
    • PSYC 464. Neuropsychopharmacology

To double major in neuroscience and another major, a maximum of three courses with a designation of 200 or above can be double-counted in both majors.

Honors in neuroscience—Honors in the major will be awarded to students who attain a B+ average in courses in the major at the 200 level and above (not including the research project) and who also demonstrate superior performance in a research project, culminating in a two-semester thesis, an oral proposal and final presentation, and a poster at the spring science symposium.

Courses at other institutions—Students who wish to earn major credit for course work at other institutions should submit to the director the name of the institution and the number, title, and catalog description of the course. This information must be submitted in writing before the work is initiated and formal permission must be granted before the courses can be credited toward the major at Trinity, following the usual procedures established by the Office of Study Away.

Study away—Neuroscience students who wish to study abroad should meet with their adviser and the program director in advance of the semester they intend to go abroad. Professor Guardiola-Diaz is currently the study-abroad adviser for the Neuroscience Program and can advise students regarding specific study-abroad options. There are many study-abroad locations that allow for course work in neuroscience as well as internship experiences. Students who wish to take a course for major credit while abroad must have this approved by the program director before going abroad.