Track in Neuroscience 2013-2014

The Psychology & Neuroscience department reserves the right to change their major requirements at any time. Please check with the Psychology & Neuroscience department or the CU Boulder catalog for the most current listing of requirements. You are subject to the requirements in effect at the time you formally declare your major as an Arts & Sciences degree seeking student.

Students must complete the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work in Neuroscience (but not exceeding a total of 45 credit-hours). At least 18 of these hours must be in upper-division course work. All courses must be passed with a C- or better.

Transfer students must complete a minimum of 12 upper-division hours of Psychology course work on the Boulder campus with a C- or better. Of those 12 hours, one laboratory and methods course and either PSYC 3102 or PSYC 3313 must be included.

The department recommends completing NRSC 2100 by the end of the sophomore year. Students must check all prerequisite & corequisites before enrolling in courses. Additional explanatory notes are available in the department advising office in Muenzinger D243.

Courses required for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at CU-Boulder and Colorado Community College applicable courses.

Track in Neuroscience
CU-Boulder Required Courses Colorado Community College Applicable Courses

Ancillary Foundations in Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology

(these credits do not count toward your major GPA)

#1. Ancillary Molecular Biology requirement

Students must complete one of the following:

  • EBIO 1210 (3) General Biology 1 with
  • EBIO 1230 (4) General Biology Laboratory 1
  • BIO 111 (5) General College Biology I

NOTE: Students who take BIO 111 will receive credit for both EBIO 1210 & EBIO 1230 provided they do not also take the equivalent courses at UCB.

or

  • MCDB 1150 (3) Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology with either
  • MCDB 1151 (1) Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Lab

or

  • MCDB 1161 (2) Phage Genomics Lab I

(Neuroscience majors who choose this requirement must also take CHEN 3010 and CHEN 3130 to fulfill requirement #8-see below)

  • BIO 211 (4-5) Cell Biology

NOTE: Students who complete BIO 211 will receive credit for both MCDB 1150 & MCDB 1151 provided they do not also take the equivalent courses at UCB.

#2. Ancillary Calculus requirement

Students must complete one of the following:

  • MATH 1300 (5) Analytical Geometry and Calculus 1
  • MAT 201 (5) Calculus I

or

  • MATH 1310 (5) Calculus, Stochastics, and Modeling

#3. Ancillary General Chemistry sequence requirement

Students must complete one of the following:

  • CHEM 1113 (4) General Chemistry 1 with
  • CHEM 1114 (1) General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
  • CHE 111 (5) General College Chemistry I/Lab*

NOTE: Students who take CHE 111 will receive credit for both CHEM 1113 & CHEM 1114 they do not also take the equivalent courses at UCB.

and

  • CHEM 1133 (4) General Chemistry 2 with
  • CHEM 1134 (1) General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
  • CHE 112 (5) General College Chemistry II/Lab*

NOTE: Students who take CHE 112 will receive credit for both CHEM 1133 & CHEM 1134 provided they do not also take the equivalent courses at UCB.

or

  • CHEM 1251 (5) General Chemistry 1 for Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors and
  • CHEM 1271 (5) General Chemistry 2 for Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors

or

  • CHEM 1351 (5) Honors General Chemistry 1 and
  • CHEM 1371 (5) Honors General Chemistry 2

#4. Ancillary General Organic Chemistry sequence requirement

Students must complete one of the following:

  • CHEM 3311 (4) Organic Chemistry 1 or
  • CHEM 3351 (4) Organic Chemistry 1 for Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors

Note: Students planning graduate/med school or work in the biotechnology industry should plan to take CHEM 3331 and CHEM 3341, Organic Chemistry II with Lab. Students should verify program requirements for any additional chemistry prerequisites.

Lower-Division Neuroscience major requirements:

(these credits DO count toward your major GPA)

#5. Students must complete one of the following genetics selections:

  • MCDB 2150 (3) Principles of Genetics and
  • MCDB 2151 (1) Principles of Genetics Laboratory

or

  • MCDB 2161 (2) Phage Genomics Lab II or
  • EBIO 2070 (4) Genetics: Molecules to Populations

#6. Students must also complete:

  • NRSC 2100 (4) Introduction to Neuroscience

#7. Statistics/Computation requirement

Students must complete one of the following:

  • BCOR 1020 (3) Business Statistics
  • ECON 3818 (4) Introduction to Statistics with Computer Applications
  • IPHY 2800 (4) Introduction to Statistics
  • MATH 2510 (3) Introduction to Statistics
  • MAT 135 (3) Introduction to Statistics
  • MATH 2520 (3) Introduction to Biometry
  • PSYC 3101 (4) Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology

Upper-division Neuroscience major Requirements:

#8. Students must also complete:

  • MCDB 3135 (3) Molecular Cell Biology I

#9. Students must also complete at least three of the following Neuroscience courses:

  • NRSC 4032 (3) Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
  • NRSC 4052/PSYC 4052 (4) Behavioral Neuroscience
  • NRSC 4072 (3) Clinical Neuroscience: A Clinical and Pathological Perspective
  • NRSC 4092 (3) Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
  • NRSC 4132 (3) Neuropharmacology

#10. Complete an additional 9 upper-division credit-hours

Finally, students must complete 9 upper-division credit-hours chosen from requirement #9 above or from the following neuroscience and general science electives:

(Please check all pre-requisites and co-requisites before enrolling in courses.)

  • CHEM 4611 (3) Survey of Biochemistry
  • CHEM 4711 (3) General Biochemistry 1
  • ECEN 3030 (3) Electrical/Electronic Circuits Non-Major
  • ECEN 4120 (3) Neural Network Design
  • ECEN 4811 (3) Neural Signals and Functional Brain Imaging
  • ECEN 4821 (3) Neural Systems and Physiological Control
  • ECEN 4831 (3) Brains, Minds and Computers
  • EBIO 3240 (4) Animal Behavior
  • IPHY 3410 (3) Introduction to Human Anatomy
  • BIO 201 (4) Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Note: Courses taught at the lower-division level will count as lower-division credit at UCB, although they may have upper-division equivalencies at UCB.

  • IPHY 3430 (3) Introduction to Human Physiology
  • IPHY 3470 (3) Human Physiology 1
  • IPHY 4200 (3) Physiological Genetics and Genomics
  • IPHY 4580 (3) Sleep Physiology
  • IPHY 4720 (4) Neurophysiology
  • MCDB 3140 (2) Cell Biology Laboratory
  • BIO 268 (4) Cell Biology and Immunology

NOTE: Students will receive lower division credit at UCB.

  • MCDB 3280 (3) Molecular Cell Physiology
  • MCDB 4201 (3) From Bench to Bedside
  • MCDB 4426 (3) Cell Signaling and Developmental Regulation
  • MCDB 4444 (3) Cellular Basis of Disease
  • MCDB 4680 (3) Mechanisms of Aging
  • NRSC 4011 (1-6) Senior Thesis and Research and Ethics
  • NRSC 4015 (3) Affective Neuroscience
  • NRSC/PSYC 4155 (4) Cognitive Neuroscience/Neuropsychology
  • NRSC/PSYC 4545 (3) Neurobiology of Addiction
  • PSYC 4021 (3) Psychology and Neuroscience of Exercise
  • PSYC 4062 (3) Neurobiology of Stress
  • PSYC 4142 (3) Brain Injury, Plasticity and Recovery: From Neuron to Brain
  • PSYC 4165 (4) Psychology of Perception
  • PSYC 4175 (4) Computational Cognitive Neuroscience