​​​​​​International Undergraduate Program of the Year


 


B.S. degrees

This multidisciplinary major integrates courses from four departments:  biology, chemistry, health sciences, and psychology.  Two tracks of this major are available.  Track A (General) is designed to provide students with a broader and more flexible background.  Track B (Graduate Preparation) provides a more focused academic background with opportunities to develop skills so that they can successfully compete for neuroscience-related jobs in the private and public sectors, or admission to graduate or professional schools.  The major consists of 25 (Track A) or 10 (Track B) credit hours of electives from courses in biology, health sciences, and/or psychology.  A minimum of 12 credit hours of chemistry will also be required.  A total of 6 credits of directed research (NSC 496) can be used toward this degree.​

Core Curriculum

Core Courses I (20 hours)
BIO 110 Concepts of Biology - 4 hours
BIO 392 Mammalian Physiology - 4 hours
BIO 487/PSY 487   Neuroscience Seminar – 1 to 2 hours
PSY 100   Introduction to Psychology – 3 hours
PSY 387   Behavioral Neuroscience – 3 hours

Core Courses II (3 hours)
One of the following:
BIO 500   Biological Statistics – 3 hours
HSC 544   Biostatistics – 3 hours
PSY 211QR   Introduction to Psychological Statistics – 3 hours​

Other Requirements I:  General Chemistry (5 hours)
Select one option:
Option A (5 hours)
             CHM 120   Survey of Chemistry – 4 hours
             CHM 127   Introductory Chemistry Laboratory – 1 hour
Option B (8 hours)
             CHM 131   General Chemistry I – 4 hours
             CHM 132  General Chemistry II – 4 hours
Option C (9 hours)
             CHM 161   Principles of Chemistry – 5 hours
             CHM 211QR   Quantative Analysis – 4 hours​


Other Requirements II:  Organic Chemistry (4-8 hours)
Select one option:
Option A (5 hours)
           CHM 342  Survey of Organic Chemistry – 4 hours
Option B (8 hours)
            CHM 345   Organic Chemistry I – 3 hours
            CHM 346   Organic Chemistry II – 3 hours
            CHM 349   Organic Chemistry Laboratory – 2 hours​


Other Requirements III:  Biochemistry (3-6 hours)
Select one option:
Option A (3 hours)
            CHM 421   Survey of Biochemistry – 3 hours
Option B (3 hours)
           CHM 425   Introductory Biochemistry – 3 hours
Option C (6 hours)
           CHM 521   Fundamentals of Biochemistry – 3 hours
           CHM 522    Intermediate Biochemistry – 3 hours​


Neuroscience Tracks

Track A - General  (6 hours)
           Required Courses:
           BIO 591   Neurophysiology– 3 hours
           PSY 588   Functional Neuroanatomy – 3 hours
Track B - Graduate Preparation  (11 hours)
           Required Courses I:
           NSC 501   Principles of Neuroscience I – 4 hours
           NSC 502   Principles of Neuroscience II – 4 hours
           Required Courses II:
           One of the following:
                      BIO 403   Undergraduate Research – 3 to 4 hours
                      NSC 496   Neuroscience Directed Research – 1 to 6 hours
                      PSY 496   Directed Research - 1 to 6 hours​


Electives  (10-15 hours)

Track A:​
Select at least two courses from each Elective group, plus one more from either group (in consultation with and the approval of your advisor) for a total of 15 hours.
Track B:
Select at least one course from each Elective group, plus one more from either group (in consultation with and the approval of your advisor) for a total of 10 hours.
 
Electives I
BIO 208   Microbiology – 3 hours
BIO 324   Cell Biology – 3 hours
BIO 326   Genetics – 4 hours
BIO 330   Light Microscopy  - 3 hours
BIO 337   Compara​tive Vertebrate Anatomy – 4 hours
BIO 534   Endocrinology – 3 h​ours
BIO 552   Scanning Electron Microscope Technique – 4 hours
BIO 554   Advanced Electron Microscopy – 3 hours
BIO 591    Neurophysiology – 3 hours
HSC 214   Human Anatomy – 4 hours
HSC 215   Human Physiology – 4 hours
NSC 496  Neuroscience Directed Research – 1 to 6 hours
                  Note:  Track A students may not choose BIO 330 or 591.
 
Electives II
BIO 518   Animal Behavior – 3 hours
HSC 235   Psychoactive Drugs – 3 hours
PSY 382   Perception – 3 hours
PSY 383   Learning and Memory – 3 hours
PSY 384   Behavior Analysis – 3 hours
PSY 509   Behavioral Pharmacology – 3 hours
PSY 584  Cognitive Neuroscience – 3 hours
PSY 585   Psychophysiology – 3 hours
PSY 587   Physiological Psychology – 3 hours
PSY 588   Functional Neuroanatomy – 3 hours
               Note:  Track A students may not choose PSY 588.
 
Total: 52 – 63 semester hours​​