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Applicable for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Neuroscience Website

Advisors; Professors BERTRAND, DRISCOLL (co-director), ERDAL, HORNER, JACOBS (co-director); Associate Professors DAUGHERTY, KILLIAN; Assistant Professor HOLMES

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, requiring courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and psychology.

Major Requirements

Major Requirements

Students wishing to major in neuroscience complete a minimum of 14 courses (16 units) across several departments. See the Neuroscience section of the course catalog for a summary of regular course offerings.

1. Required courses 


  • PY100 (or 101 or 111): Introduction to Psychology
  • PY202: Research Design in Psychology (2 blocks)
  • PY297 and PY298: Neuroscience I and II (2 blocks)


  • CH107 and CH108: General Chemistry I, II
  • CH250: Structures of Organic Molecules
  • CH251: Reactions of Organic Molecules


  • MA126: Calculus I


  • MB131: Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology

and two of the following 400-level courses:

  • PY412: Neuropsychology
  • PY419: Neuroscience Methods
  • PY420: Cognitive Neuroethology
  • PY433: Neuropharmacology
  • MB415: Developmental Neurobiology (previously MB440)

2. Electives:  Any three of the following courses (note that some of these courses have additional prerequisites not listed above, and some are not taught every year):


  • PY309: Social Psychology
  • PY332: Learning and Adaptive Behavior
  • PY344: Cognition
  • PY362: Abnormal Psychology
  • PY374: Lifespan Developmental Psychology


  • CH245: Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • CH382: Biochemistry I
  • CH383: Biochemistry II


  • MB201: Laboratory in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Genetics
  • MB231: Genetics
  • MB305: Advanced Genetic Analysis
  • MB310: Advanced Cell Biology
  • MB320: Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • MB355: Laboratory in Advanced Genetics
  • MB360: Laboratory in Molecular Microbiology


  • HK204: Introduction to Human Anatomy


  • CP122: Computer Science I
  • CP222: Computer Science II


  • PC141: Physics for the Life Sciences I
  • PC142: Physics for the Life Sciences II

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: PY451–454; MB399/498; CH201/301/403. Note that such research projects must involve one of the neuroscience advisers. If the adviser is in the Department of Psychology, the student must complete a final project proposal the academic year before the research is to be conducted. Proposal guidelines are available on the psychology web page.