Neuroscience - BS, Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Track

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system and its impact on behavior and cognitive functions. This interdisciplinary field integrates several areas of study, including biology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, psychology, and medicine. The core courses for this degree include a foundation in the life sciences, and a foundational sequence in neuroscience that will prepare students for more advanced NRSC courses. The Neuroscience degree track administered by the Department of Biology (NRSC-MCB) focuses on the biological basis of neurological processes at the molecular and cellular level. Students completing the NRSC-MCB degree will be well prepared for jobs in medical and biotechnology fields, and they will be competitive for admission to medical or graduate school.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 1, 2 4
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 1 4
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 2 3
MATH 147
Calculus I for Biological Sciences 1
or Engineering Mathematics I
4
VIBS 101/NRSC 101 Neuroscience Overview 2 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
BIOL 112 Introductory Biology II 1, 2 4
CHEM 120 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 1 4
PSYC 107 Introduction to Psychology 3
Select one of the following: 1 3-4
Calculus II for Biological Sciences  
Engineering Mathematics II  
Elementary Statistical Inference  
 Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
Fall
BIOL 213 Molecular Cell Biology 1 3
CHEM 227 Organic Chemistry I 1 3
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1 1
NRSC 277/VIBS 277 Introduction to Neuroscience 2 3
PHYS 201 College Physics 4
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
CHEM 228 Organic Chemistry II 1 3
CHEM 238 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1 1
PHYS 202 College Physics 4
PSYC 235/NRSC 235 Introduction to Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience 2 3
Communication 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Third Year
Fall
BICH 410 Comprehensive Biochemistry I 3
BIOL 434/NRSC 434 Regulatory and Behavioral Neuroscience 3
BIOL 435 Laboratory for Regulatory and Behavioral Neuroscience 1
American history 3 3
Creative arts 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring
BICH 411 Comprehensive Biochemistry II 3
BIOL 388 Principles of Animal Physiology 4
STAT 312 Statistics for Biology 3
American history 3 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
BIOL 413 Cell Biology 3
NRSC 450/VIBS 450 Mammalian Functional Neuroanatomy 4
POLS 206 American National Government 3
Neuroscience electives 4 6
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
Neuroscienc electives 4 6
General electives 5 7-8
 Semester Credit Hours17
 Total Semester Credit Hours120