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Neuroscience

Neuroscience Website

Advisers — Professors BERTRAND, ERDAL, HORNER, JACOBS (co-director); Associate Professor DRISCOLL (co-director); Assistant Professors DAUGHERTY, HUANG, KILLIAN

The neurosciences investigate the development, organization, and function of the nervous system. The ultimate goal is to understand behavior in terms of underlying neural structure. Neuroscience at Colorado College is an interdisciplinary major, rather than an independent department or program. The major is a challenging undertaking with required courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and psychology.

Major Requirements

Students wishing to major in neuroscience complete a minimum of 15 courses (16 units) across four different departments. Required courses are: PSYCHOLOGY 100 (or 101 or 111) Introductory Psychology; 202 Research Design; 297 Neuroscience I, 298 Neuroscience II; one 300-level psychology core course (309 Social Psychology; 344 Cognition; 332 Learning and Adaptive Behavior; 362 Abnormal Psychology; or 374 Lifespan Developmental Psychology); and two of the following: 412 Neuropsychology; 417 Advanced Neuroscience Seminar; 420 Cognitive Neuroethology; 433 Neuropharmacology. BIOLOGY 131 Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology; 231 Genetics (or Chemistry 382 Biochemistry I). CHEMISTRY 107 General Chemistry I; 108 General Chemistry II; 250 Structures of Organic Molecules; 251 Reactions of Organic Molecules. MATHEMATICS 126 Calculus I. SPORT SCIENCE 206 Exercise Physiology (or 207 Human Anatomy).

Although they are not required, the following courses may useful for graduate study in Neuroscience: BY280 Population Genetics; BY332 Animal Behavior; BY 350 Advanced Genetic Analysis; BY356 Mathematical Models in Biology; BY366 Comparative Animal Physiology; BY380 Advanced Cell Biology; BY466 Developmental Biology; PC 141/142 Introductory Physics I, II (or PC 241/242 Introductory Classical Physics I, II); PC151 Biophysics: Physics and Living Things. Note that some of these courses have prerequisites that are not part of the neuroscience major requirements.

Note: Before a student can declare a major in neuroscience, s/he must first complete five of the above courses, two of which must be PY 297 Neuroscience I and PY298 Neuroscience II. 

In addition, students who wish to pursue graduate studies in the neurosciences are strongly encouraged to complete at least one block of relevant independent laboratory research under close faculty supervision from one of the following: PY 251/451–454; BY309/409; CH201/301/403. Note that such research projects must be conducted with one of the neuroscience advisers. If PY451-454 research is desired, the student must complete a proposal the academic year before the research is to be conducted. Proposal forms are available on the psychology webpage.