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Neuroscience

MAJOR IN NEUROSCIENCE

Neuroscience is a broad interdisciplinary field requiring a rigorous preparation in basic science. Students in this discipline are expected to understand basic principles of neuroscience, cell biology and statistics. They are also expected to gain competency in calculus, chemistry, physics or computer science. These prerequisites are fundamental to understanding contemporary experimental methods in neuroscience.

Potential majors are encouraged to begin planning their course of study by the end of their first year. Information concerning course requirements, transfer credit, checklists, along with a worksheet to help in planning your schedule can be viewed on the PBS department website. Sign-up for courses requiring permission is also handled through the PBS department website starting in May of the prior academic year in which the course will be taught. Neuroscience majors and potential majors should begin by contacting the PBS department office in 103 Moore Hall. A department staff member will assign neuroscience majors to one of the three Neuroscience advisors.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR

Prerequisites - 6 courses

Psychology 6 Introduction to Neuroscience or Biology 34 Introduction to Neurobiology

Psychology 10 Experimental Design, Methodology and Data Analysis Procedures or Biology 29 Biostatistics

Any 4 of the following 11 courses:

Mathematics 3, 4, 8 Introduction to Calculus, Calculus with Applications, Calculus of Functions

Chemistry 5, 6, General Chemistry I, II

Physics 3, 4,General Physics I, II

Computer Science 5, 8, 25, Introduction to Computer Science, Problem Solving with Computer Science, Algorithms

Engineering Sciences 20 Introduction to Scientific Computing

Required – (8 courses including 4 core courses and 4 electives)

Core Courses:

Psychology 21 Perception or Psychology 28 Cognition

Psychology 45 Behavioral Neuroscience

Psychology 46 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience or the series Biology 12 Cell Structure and Function and Biology 13 Gene Expression and Inheritance

Psychology 65 Systems Neuroscience

Electives: Four electives from the list below or other courses as approved on an annual basis by the Neuroscience Steering Committee. Of the four electives taken for neuroscience major credit, two of them must be at the 40’s level or higher.

Biology 27 Animal Behavior

Biology 37 Endocrinology

Biology 69 Cell Signaling

Biology 74 Advanced Neurobiology

Biology 79 Genetics and Physiology of Behavior

Education 50 The Reading Brain

Psychology 21 Perception

Psychology 28 Cognition

Psychology 40 Introduction to Computational Neuroscience

Psychology 43 Emotion

Psychology 46 Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience

Psychology 50 Issues in Neuroscience

Psychology 51 Issues in Information Processing

Psychology 52 Issues in Learning and Development

Psychology 60 Principles of Brain Mapping

Psychology 64 Sensory Psychology

Psychology 80s Seminar courses with a neuroscience emphasis

Physiology 150 Seminar in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience

PEMM 211 Seminar in Neurobiology of Disease

With permission of the Neuroscience Steering Committee, other courses that are appropriate given the student’s area of specialization may be taken for credit.

Notes:

1) Students who elect to take the Biology 12/13 sequence to satisfy their cellular/molecular neuroscience requirement can take Psychology 46 as one of the four elective credits.

2) Whichever course is taken to satisfy the Psychology 21/28 requirements, the other course may be taken for elective credit.

3) Multiple offerings of Psychology 50, 51, 52, and 80 courses of the same number may be taken as long as they cover different topics.

4) You can only get major credit for taking Psychology 6 or Biology 34, but not both.

5) Students who take Physiology 150 or PEMM 211 should register for Psychology 90 and have permission of the instructor.

6) Psychology 6 and 10 and Biology 34 cannot be taken as an NRO.

7) Courses that are taken as part of another major or minor cannot be used as elective courses for Neuroscience.

8) At the beginning of each academic year, the Neuroscience Steering Committee will announce which courses qualify for elective and culminating experience credit.

9), Students will not be allowed to earn credit for both Psychology 26 and Psychology 45.

Culminating experience (1 course) (Cannot be used to satisfy the electives requirement)

Biology 74 (Advanced Neurobiology Seminar)

Psychology 80’s level seminar (Seminar with neuroscience emphasis)

Psychology 90 (Independent Neuroscience Research)

Psychology 91 (Honor’s Neuroscience Research)

Psychology 90—(Independent Neuroscience Research) This course is designed to enable students to engage in independent laboratory research under the direction of a neuroscience faculty member. Students may take up to two terms of independent research.(Note: If one term is to serve as Culminating Experience, the other term cannot be used as an elective). Students are required to write a final report of their research. Prerequisite: Psychology 6 or Biology 34 and Psychology 10 or Biology 29. Enrollment is via the PBS Department website along with written permission of the advisor and then written permission of the Chair of the Neuroscience Steering Committee. The staff.

Psychology 91—(Honors Neuroscience Research) This course is designed to enable especially qualified students, usually seniors, to engage in independent laboratory research under the direction of a neuroscience faculty member. Students must take at least two terms of Psychology 91. A student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.30 in the major and 3.00 overall to enroll and must enroll by the end of the second week of fall term of their senior year. The honors thesis will be evaluated by a two-person thesis committee approved by the Neuroscience Steering Committee. Thesis committee members must be identified prior to the student signing up for Psychology 91. The thesis committee must include a regular faculty member of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. The other individual must have an active academic appointment at Dartmouth. A prospectus of proposed research is due by the end of the fall term for approval by the Neuroscience Steering Committee. The student is expected to submit a written thesis, give a presentation and pass an oral examination administered by the thesis committee and attended by at least one member of the Neuroscience Steering Committee. The thesis committee will make recommendations to the Neuroscience Steering Committee regarding the awarding of Honors or High Honors. Prerequisite: Psychology 6 or Biology 34 and Psychology 10 or Biology 29. Enrollment is via the PBS Department website along with written permission of the advisor and then written permission of the Chair of the Neuroscience Steering Committee. Students electing to do an Honor’s thesis should consult the PBS Department website for further details. The staff.

MINOR IN NEUROSCIENCE

The Minor in Neuroscience is sponsored by the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. It is intended to provide formal recognition for students who have concentrated some of their academic work in the interdisciplinary area of Neuroscience. The minor requires six courses: one prerequisite, two required courses, and three electives. Many of the courses may require permission of the instructor in addition to prerequisite courses.

Prerequisites (1 course):

Psychology 1 –Introductory Psychology or Psychology 6 – Introduction to Neuroscience or Biology 34 –Neurobiology

Required courses: (2 courses) (Prerequisites as shown)

Psychology 46 - Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience Psychology 6 or Biology 34 or Biology 12 (Biology 11) - Cell Structure and Function

Psychology 65 - Systems Neuroscience, Psychology 6 or 45, or Biology 34

Electives: (3 courses) (Prerequisites as shown)

The electives are similar to the elective courses described for the Neuroscience major. One of the three electives must be at the 50s level or higher.

Other Issues:

Required and Elective courses cannot count toward both the major and minor.