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2024 - 2025 College Catalog 
    
2024 - 2025 College Catalog

Neuroscience, BS


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Neuroscience investigates the molecular, cellular, and genetic aspects of nervous system functioning as well as their influences on behavior. The major in neuroscience allows for the exploration of the brain from primarily a biological, chemical, and psychological perspective. The understanding of neuroscience requires knowledge about the function of neurons and the function of various brain regions and their relation to behavior. It also requires a grasp of the methodology behind neuroscientific research, including development, analysis, and interpretation of empirical studies. The major places a strong emphasis on scaffolded, directed research experiences within neuroscience. In addition, the neuroscience major creates an environment where faculty and students work collaboratively on neuroscience-related research questions.

Any student with an interest in pursuing the neuroscience major should consult with the program chair. Students are encouraged to declare their major by the end of the sophomore year. Students should also seek an adviser, whether formal or informal, from participating faculty.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the completion of the Neuroscience major, students will be able to explain the key concepts in neuroscience including, biochemical interactions, cellular mechanisms, anatomical structures, sensory and perceptual processes, animal behavior, and/or the concept of the mind.
  • At the completion of the Neuroscience major, students will be able to identify, locate, and evaluate Neuroscience-related primary literature.
  • At the completion of the Neuroscience major, students will be able to develop evidence-based arguments related to concepts in Neuroscience.
  • At the completion of the Neuroscience major, students will be able to design studies using the scientific method to address a problem in Neuroscience.
  • At the completion of the Neuroscience major, students will be able to use appropriate statistical and methodological approaches to analyze data.
  • At the completion of the Neuroscience major, students will be able to construct an organized written product that conveys scientific information at a level appropriate to the audience.
  • At the completion of the Neuroscience major, students will be able to effectively orally communicate research ideas to a cross-disciplinary audience.
  • At the completion of the Neuroscience major, students will be able to work collaboratively with other students and faculty members on classwork and in the laboratory.

Degree Requirements


General College Requirements


General College Requirements, including the following requirements to satisfy the major.

  • A t least 54 credit hours as specified in the following categories below (Required Courses, Statistics Course(s), Electives, St. Mary’s Project).
  • A grade of C or better must be earned  in all courses used to satisfy the major
  • The cumulative grade point average of courses used to satisfy the major must be at least 2.00.
  • Courses taken for credit/no credit may not be used to satisfy requirements.

 

Required Statistics Course(s): (4-8 credits)


Elective courses (12 Credits)


12 credit-hours of upper-level elective credits selected from the following list and not used to fulfill any other NEUR major requirement.

  • Electives must originate from at least two disciplines (BIOL, CHEM, NEUR, PHIL, PSYC).
  • At least two elective courses must have a laboratory component.
  • *Each Topics course must be approved by the Neuroscience Program Chair for content relevance.

 
 

Capstone (8 Credits)


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