North Central College - Naperville, IL

Program and Degree Options

You may pursue either a B.A. or a B.S. degree with a major in psychology or a minor in psychology. You can pursue either a B.A. or a B.S. degree with a major in neuroscience or a neuroscience minor.

The B.A. Psychology major requires the following courses:

• Core courses
     PSY 100 Psychology: The Science of Behavior
     PSY 250 Statistics
     PSY 255 Research Design & Experimentation

• Theoretical perspectives
     Social (choose one):
     PSY 240 Social Psychology
     PSY 310 Cultural Psychology
Biological (choose one):
     PSY 200 Evolutionary Psychology
     PSY 280 Drugs & Behavior
     PSY 370 Physiological Psychology
Cognitive/Learning (choose one):
     PSY 340 Learning
     PSY 345 Cognitive Psychology
Developmental (choose one):
     PSY 210 Child Development
     PSY 220 Psychology of Adolescence
• Depth (choose at least one of the following):
     400-level Seminar
     400-level Independent Study (required for the B.S. degree)
     400-level Internship

The B.S. Psychology degree requires the following additional courses:

• PSY 360 Psychology Assessment
• MTH 152 Calculus II
• At least six credit hours from two of the following areas:
     - Computer Science
     - Mathematics above MTH 152
     - Life science or physical science course(s) outside the major discipline, beyond the courses used to fulfill general education requirements, and that count toward a major in a science discipline.

Minor in Psychology:

A minimum of 21 credit hours to include PSY 100, PSY 250 and at least 3 credits at the 300 level.

In addition, you may wish to take certain elective courses to help you explore and prepare for particular career paths.

For example, if you’re interested in careers in business or in Industrial Psychology, you may wish to take PSY 270 Industrial Psychology, PSY 360 Tests and Measurement, and some electives in the business department.

If you’re interested in careers in the helping professions, you may want to take some of the following courses:
• PSY 324 Abnormal Psychology
• PSY 325 Child Psychopathology
• PSY 350 Counseling

B.A. or B.S. Major in Neuroscience:

A Neuroscience Major may choose either the behavioral or molecular track. Both tracks require the following core courses (Effective Fall 2017)

Core Courses:  
NSC 100: Introduction to Neuroscience CHM 141: General Chemistry I
NSC 200: Behavioral Neuroscience CHM 142: General Chemistry II

NSC 490/497/499: Seminar/Internship/Independent Study (NSC 499 required for B.S.)

PSY 100: Psychology Science of Behavior                                                    
BIO 151: Biological Investigations I  PSY 250: Statistics
BIO 152: Biological Investigations II PSY 255: Research Design & Experimentation
Students will choose to specialize and pursue electives from either the behavioral or molecular track
Behavioral Track Molecular Track
Required Courses: Required Courses:
NSC 300: Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience NSC 3XX: Advanced Molecular Neuroscience
Choose 3 (9+ hrs): Choose 3 (9+ hrs):
NSC 280: Drugs & Behavior NSC 280: Drugs and Behavior
NSC 3XX: Advanced Molecular Neuroscience NSC 300: Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience
BIO 405: Animal Behavior BIO 251: Genes & Evolution
CSC 160 or below: Fund of Computational Prob-Solv BIO 252: Cells & Systems
PHL 215: Bioethics BIO 147: Anatomy & Physiology
PSY 340: Learning BIO 302: Physiology
PSY 345: Cognitive Psychology BIO 360: The Molecular Biology of Cancer
PSY 490: Seminar BIO 405: Animal Behavior
BCM 365: Biochemistry
  CSC 160 or below: Fund of Computational Prob-Solv
  PHL 215: Bioethics
The B.S. Neuroscience degree requires the following additional courses:  
Required:  
MTH 152: Calculus  
Choose 3+ hrs:  
Mathematics above MTH 152  
Computer Science  
Choose 6+ hrs not taken as part of the B.A.  
NSC 280: Drugs and Behavior  BIO 302: Physiology
NSC 300: Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience  BCM 365: Biochemistry
NSC 3XX: Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

CHM 220/221/222: Organic Chemistry I/II/III

BIO 147: Anatomy & Physiology CHM 215/216: Organic Chemistry I/II
BIO 360: The Molecular Biology of Cancer PHY 141/142/143: Physics I/II/III
BIO 405: Animal Behavior PHY 115/116: Physics I/II
BIO 251: Genes & Evolution PSY 340: Learning                                                                       
BIO 252: Cells & Systems
 

Minor in Neuroscience:

The minor consists of 24 credit hours. Eighteen of those hours are met by the required courses below with an additional six credit hours coming from the listed elective courses.

Required Courses (18 credit hours):
     BIO 151 Biological Investigations I
     NSC 100 Introduction to Neuroscience
     NSC 200 Behavioral Neuroscience
     NSC 300 Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience
     PSY 100 Psychology: Science of Behavior

  Elective Courses (6 credit hours):
      CHM 141 General Chemistry I: Bio-organic Molecules
      NSC 280 Drugs and Behavior
      NSC 499 Independent Study
      PHL 215 Bioethics
      PSY 345 Cognitive Psychology