Neural Science (BS)

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Program Description

Neural science spans multiple disciplines for studying the function of the brain. Experimental approaches in neural science vary from analyses of molecular and cellular mechanisms in nerve cells and groups of nerve cells to behavioral and psychological studies of whole organisms. Theoretical tools include mathematical and computational modeling approaches that have proved useful in other areas of science. Experimental questions include issues related to biophysical and neurochemical mechanisms within single nerve cells, functional neural circuits consisting of small numbers of neurons, the behavior of large systems of neurons, and the relationship between the activity of elements of the nervous system and the behavior of organisms. The Center for Neural Science confers the B.S. degree in neural science (there is no B.A degree for this major, nor is there a minor).

Honors Program

To graduate with honors in neural science, students must achieve a GPA of 3.65 in both the major and overall.

In the fall semester of their senior year, students seeking honors must complete NEURL-UA 301 Honors Seminar. In the spring of their senior year, they must present a paper at the College’s annual Undergraduate Research Conference and the department’s Undergraduate Research Conference and submit an honors thesis that is accepted by the faculty sponsor and the director of undergraduate studies.

Admittance to the laboratory courses associated with NEURL-UA 210 Cellular & Molecular Neurobiology and NEURL-UA 220 Behavioral & Integrative Neuroscience is assured and required only for students in the honors track.


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