Neuroscience Co-Major

For information, contact the Department of Biology, 212 Pearson Hall, 513-529-3100 or the Department of Psychology, 100 Psychology building, 513-529-2400; this co-major is offered cooperatively.

The inter-departmental Neuroscience Co-major offers students the opportunity to pursue an in-depth exploration of the biology of individual nerve cells; the organization of nerve cells into a functional nervous system; and the role of the nervous system in behavior and cognition. The co-major is multidisciplinary, including coursework in biology, psychology, chemistry and statistics. It provides a basic framework for students planning advanced work at the graduate level.  Students in the co-major must also be enrolled in, and complete, a primary major; the co-major cannot be taken as a stand-alone major. Upon graduation, students are awarded the degree of their primary major; there is no specific degree designation for the co-major.

Program Requirements

(40-43 semester hours)

Biological Science and Psychology
BIO/MBI 116Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular Biology4
BIO/PSY 159Seminar in Neuroscience1
BIO 203Introduction to Cell Biology3
or MBI 365 Molecular and Cell Biology
BIO 305Human Physiology4
PSY 251Introduction to Biopsychology3
CHM 141
CHM 144
College Chemistry
and College Chemistry Laboratory
CHM 142
CHM 145
College Chemistry
and College Chemistry Laboratory
Select one course:3-4
Introduction to Statistical Modeling
Writing and Research Methods in Psychology
Neuroscience Hours12-14
Select at least two courses from each area:
Advanced Biology
Laboratory in Cell and Molecular Biology
Animal Behavior
Molecular Physiology
Advanced Psychology
Advanced Biopsychology
Structured Research Experience in Behavioral Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience
Advanced Biological Bases of Behavior
Capstone Seminar in Neuroscience
Total Credit Hours40-43

Strongly recommended but not required courses 

CHM 241
CHM 244
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHM 242
CHM 245
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
PHY 161Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory I4
PHY 162Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory II4
PHY 191General Physics with Laboratory I5
PHY 192General Physics with Laboratory II5
An independent research project with BIO 320 or PSY 477