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Neuroscience

Major Requirements

The neuroscience major at Carthage reflects the interdisciplinary focus of the field. Required courses in the areas of biology, psychology, and chemistry provide a solid foundation for understanding the methods and principles of the natural and social sciences.

Popular Minors

Biology
Chemistry
Psychology

The major also provides an opportunity for students to choose elective courses in the above areas. Students interested in the molecular and cellular function of the nervous system are encouraged to take electives in biology. Students interested in the behavioral correlates of nervous system function are encouraged to take electives in psychological science. Students interested in the chemical properties of the nervous system are encouraged to take electives in chemistry. BIO 1100 and BIO 1120 are recommended for all students in the major.

The neuroscience major provides both a breadth of understanding in basic scientific principles and depth of understanding in the emerging area of nervous system research, preparing students for graduate school and career opportunities in a diverse range of scientific research and medical/therapeutic fields.

Practical, hands-on research experience is an important component for understanding the discipline of neuroscience. Majors are encouraged to work in the laboratory of a faculty member for at least two semesters to experience the process of obtaining, analyzing, and interpreting neuroscience data.

Many students choose to combine a neuroscience major with majors or minors in other disciplines. See sample schedules.

Current students: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.

The Neuroscience Major

Students majoring in Neuroscience must complete the following courses:

CHM 1010 General Chemistry I (4 cr.)
CHM 1020 General Chemistry II (4 cr.)
NEU 2100 Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience (4 cr.)
BIO 2300 Cell Biology (4 cr.)
SSC 2330 Behavioral Research Statistics (4 cr.)
NEU 2500 Research Methods in Neuroscience (4 cr.)
NEU 3950 Neuroscience II: Electrical and Chemical Properties (4 cr.)
NEU 4100 Neuroscience III: Development and Neuroanatomy (4 cr.)

And four electives from any of the following courses:

BIO 1040 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4 cr.)
BIO 2400 Genetics (4 cr.)
BIO 3300 Human Anatomical Systems (4 cr.) 
BIO 3310 Systemic Physiology (4 cr.)
BIO 4310 Developmental Biology (4 cr.)
CHM 2070 Organic Chemistry I (4 cr.)
CHM 2080 Organic Chemistry II (4 cr.)
CHM 3010 Biochemistry (4 cr.)
CHM 3230 Analytical Chemistry I (4 cr.) 
CHM 3240 Analytical Chemistry II (4 cr.)
CHM 4070 Advanced Organic Chemistry (4 cr.)
PHY 3120 Electronics (4 cr.)
PHY 4300 Electricity and Magnetism (4 cr.)
PYC 2300 Cognitive Psychology (4 cr.)
PYC 2850 Child and Adolescent Development (4 cr.)
PYC 2900 Experimental Psychology (4 cr.)
PYC 3700 Thesis in Psychological Science (4 cr.)
PYC 4000 Honors Seminar in Psychological Science (4 cr.)
NEU 4900 Research in Neuroscience (1-4 cr.)

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