Explore a career in neuroscience and pursue research interests anywhere in the world. Explore a career in neuroscience and pursue research interests anywhere in the world. Explore a career in neuroscience and pursue research interests anywhere in the world. Explore a career in neuroscience and pursue research interests anywhere in the world. Explore a career in neuroscience and pursue research interests anywhere in the world.

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Neuroscience

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Why pursue a neuroscience degree at North Central College?

How do humans experience consciousness? How does the brain work? What are the underlying causes of neurological and psychiatric disorders? These are among the many mysteries being unraveled by neuroscientists.

Neuroscience—an interdisciplinary study of the nervous system—advances the understanding of human thought, emotion and behavior. Neuroscientists use tools ranging from computers to special dyes to examine molecules, nerve cells, networks and brain systems to gain a better understanding of how the nervous system affects human health and behavior.

With a major in neuroscience from North Central College, you’ll study biology, chemistry, psychology and other areas. We’re among the first liberal arts colleges in Illinois to offer the opportunity to major in neuroscience and help you gain an edge in this emerging field. And beginning in fall of 2017, we will offer a major in neuroscience.

You can also:

  • Explore a career in neuroscience or prepare for another health-related field in our pre-health sciences.
  • Pursue research interests anywhere in the world by applying for a Richter Grant.
  • Conduct research during North Central’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program
  • Present your findings at the Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research or the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
  • Join the Neuroscience Club

The neuroscience program is part of the Psychology Department.

Neuroscience, Behavioral Track, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Psychology and Neuroscience.

Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • NSC 100 - Introduction to Neuroscience

    NSC 100 - Introduction to Neuroscience

    3.75 credit hours

    This course provides an introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system. Topics include its contributions to a range of behaviors and phenomena including sensation and perception, homeostasis, biological rhythms, emotions, learning and memory, consciousness and psychopathology. Laboratory required.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    NSC 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the manner in which genetic, environmental, biochemical and physiological factors contribute to the neurological basis of behavior. Special attention is given to neural contributions to reproductive behavior, psychopharmacology, fear, emotion, learning, memory, communication, stress, ingestion, psychiatric and neurological disorders.

    Prerequisite(s)


    NSC 100 and PSY 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 151 - Biological Investigations I

    BIO 151 - Biological Investigations I

    4.00 credit hours

    The first in a two-course integrated study of the major principles at the core of modern biology: information, evolution, cells, emergent properties and homeostasis. These principles will be examined by exploring current biological problems from the perspective of molecules, cells, organisms, populations and ecological systems. Includes investigative, hands-on laboratory and field experience and development of skills in experimental design, data analysis, scientific writing and presentation. The course is intended for first-year biology and biochemistry majors. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    High school biology and chemistry.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 152 - Biological Investigations II

    BIO 152 - Biological Investigations II

    4.00 credit hours

    The second in a two-course integrated study of the major principles at the core of modern biology: information, evolution, cells, emergent properties and homeostasis. These principles will be examined by exploring current biological problems from the perspective of molecules, cells, organisms, populations and ecological systems. Includes investigative, hands-on laboratory and field experience and development of skills in experimental design, data analysis, scientific writing and presentation. The course is intended for first-year biology and biochemistry majors. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 151.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 141 - General Chemistry I: Bio-organic Molecules

    CHM 141 - General Chemistry I: Bio-organic Molecules

    3.75 credit hours

    An introduction to chemical principles through examples from the chemistry of carbon compounds and the molecules found in living systems, such as simple organic compounds, synthetic polymers, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. Major topics include atomic and electronic structure, ions, molecules, bonding energies, hybridization, acid/base chemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, steroechemistry and polymer chemistry. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One year of high school chemistry; two years of high school algebra or MTH 095.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 142 - General Chemistry II: Environmental Chemistry

    CHM 142 - General Chemistry II: Environmental Chemistry

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to chemical principles within the context of the environmental issues of fuel and energy, water treatment and acid rain. Major chemical topics include gas laws, thermochemistry, redox, electrochemistry, aqueous reactions and solubility, equilibria, acid/base and buffers.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CHM 141.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 100 - Psychology: Science of Behavior

    PSY 100 - Psychology: Science of Behavior

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the basic concepts, processes, theories and empirical findings concerning the behavior of organisms. Consideration is given to the following topics: physiological and developmental basis of behavior, sensory and perceptual processes, states of consciousness, learning and memory and motivation and emotion, as well as personality, intellectual functioning, psychopathology and social influences on behavior.

    Core

    Social Science.
    IAI

    S6 900

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 250 - Statistics

    PSY 250 - Statistics

    3.00 credit hours

    A course stressing the methods, concepts and logic underlying the statistical evaluation of research data. The course stresses descriptive and inferential statistics, estimation and hypothesis testing and "why" as well as "when" to use various statistical methods. A working knowledge of basic algebraic techniques is necessary. Only one of PSY 250 and BUS 241/ECN 241 may be taken for credit.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 118 or higher.

    Core

    Mathematics.
    IAI

    M1 902

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 255 - Research Design and Experimentation

    PSY 255 - Research Design and Experimentation

    3.75 credit hours

    The activities involved in obtaining, accumulating and organizing scientific knowledge through experimentation are stressed in this course. The concepts, logic and methods which serve as a basis for designing and conducting scientific research are presented in lecture and laboratory periods, and are practiced in laboratory exercises and in individual projects. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 100 and a minimum grade of C- in PSY 250.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:
  • NSC 490 - Seminar

    NSC 490 - Seminar

    3.00 credit hours

    An in-depth study of a specific topic in neuroscience. Students are expected to read and discuss original sources and current literature in psychology. Repeatable with different content.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 255, one 300-level NSC course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 497 - Internship (three credit hours)

    NSC 497 - Internship

    0.00-9.00 credit hours
    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 255 and one 300-level NSC course; some site-specific prerequisite courses may also apply.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 499 - Independent Study (three credit hours)

    NSC 499 - Independent Study

    1.00-3.00 credit hours
    Prerequisite(s)


    NSC 100 and one other course required for the NSC minor.

    Schedule Of Classes

Behavioral Track Courses

  • NSC 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    NSC 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    3.75 credit hours

    Core principles of nervous system function. This course includes topics on behavioral, organismal and molecular aspects of nerve function in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    NSC 200 and BIO 151; CHM 141 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

Three of the following:
  • NSC 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    NSC 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of drug effects on behavior, with emphasis on topics such as the neurophysiology of drug action, drug use versus drug abuse, physical versus psychological dependence and the legal and social implications of drug use. A range of classes of psychoactive drugs is considered, including stimulants, depressants, alcohol, opiates, hallucinogens and psychotherapeutic drugs.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 310 - Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

    NSC 310 - Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

    3.75 credit hours

    Core principles of nervous system function at the molecular and cellular level. This course will include topics on chemical, molecular and cellular aspects of neural communication in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    NSC 100 and NSC 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 405 - Animal Behavior

    BIO 405 - Animal Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    Behavioral mechanisms of animals as they interact with their environment, including topics such as development of behavior, learning and motivation, communication, mating systems, sexual reproduction, aggression, orientation and navigation and habitat selection. Examines physiological, evolutionary and ecological aspects of behavior with extensive use of the primary scientific literature. Issues in research ethics and scientific leadership are discussed, including core values of science, ethical standards of conduct and peer review as well as a focus on the ethics of animal research. Laboratory required: independent animal behavior project. Research course.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 302 or BIO 310.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSC 140 - Fundamentals of Computational Problem Solving -or- higher-level CSC course

    CSC 140 - Fundamentals of Computational Problem Solving

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to computing focusing on problem solving, algorithm construction, data organization and program development using Python. Topics include basic programming fundamentals and constructs such as variables and assignment statements; arithmetic, relational and logical operators; decisions and loops; modularization with functions; files; and data structures such as lists and dictionaries. Prior programming experience is not required. This course does not count toward a major in computer science, but may apply to a minor. May not be taken after successful completion of any higher level computer science course.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 121 (or concurrent enrollment) or higher or appropriate placement.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHL 215 - Bioethics

    PHL 215 - Bioethics

    3.00 credit hours

    After a brief overview of ethical theory and the philosophy of medicine, the moral dimensions of the following topics are considered: the health care professional-patient relationship (e.g., truth-telling, informed consent and confidentiality), euthanasia and physician-assisted death, abortion and maternal-fetal conflicts, the new reproductive technologies, human genetics, research involving human and animal subjects, the allocation of health care resources, managed care, public health and health care policy. The course is intended to be self-contained, and the emphasis on the topics may change from year to year.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Sophomore standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHL 250 - Philosophy of Mind

    PHL 250 - Philosophy of Mind

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the philosophy of mind, including such topics as the mind/body problem, the nature of consciousness, perception and theories of mental content. Special attention is paid to philosophical questions that arise in psychology, neuroscience and cognitive science. 

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 340 - Learning

    PSY 340 - Learning

    3.75 credit hours

    This course surveys theories of learning from an historical perspective. In addition, developments in methodology and applications of learning are discussed (e.g., behavior modification and programmed instruction). A weekly lab is included. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One 200-level course in Psychology, excluding PSY 250.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    PSY 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    3.75 credit hours

    An examination of how humans acquire, store, retrieve and use knowledge. The course emphasizes an information processing approach to cognition and deals with such topics as perception, selective attention, memory, imagery, problem-solving, reasoning, artificial intelligence and decision-making. A weekly laboratory is included. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 255.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 490 - Seminar

    PSY 490 - Seminar

    3.00 credit hours

    An in-depth study of a specific topic or issue in psychology. Students are expected to read and discuss original sources and current literature in psychology. Repeatable with different content.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 255 and one 300-level Psychology course.

    Schedule Of Classes

Neuroscience, Behavioral Track, B.S.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Psychology and Neuroscience.

Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • NSC 100 - Introduction to Neuroscience

    NSC 100 - Introduction to Neuroscience

    3.75 credit hours

    This course provides an introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system. Topics include its contributions to a range of behaviors and phenomena including sensation and perception, homeostasis, biological rhythms, emotions, learning and memory, consciousness and psychopathology. Laboratory required.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    NSC 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the manner in which genetic, environmental, biochemical and physiological factors contribute to the neurological basis of behavior. Special attention is given to neural contributions to reproductive behavior, psychopharmacology, fear, emotion, learning, memory, communication, stress, ingestion, psychiatric and neurological disorders.

    Prerequisite(s)


    NSC 100 and PSY 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 151 - Biological Investigations I

    BIO 151 - Biological Investigations I

    4.00 credit hours

    The first in a two-course integrated study of the major principles at the core of modern biology: information, evolution, cells, emergent properties and homeostasis. These principles will be examined by exploring current biological problems from the perspective of molecules, cells, organisms, populations and ecological systems. Includes investigative, hands-on laboratory and field experience and development of skills in experimental design, data analysis, scientific writing and presentation. The course is intended for first-year biology and biochemistry majors. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    High school biology and chemistry.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 152 - Biological Investigations II

    BIO 152 - Biological Investigations II

    4.00 credit hours

    The second in a two-course integrated study of the major principles at the core of modern biology: information, evolution, cells, emergent properties and homeostasis. These principles will be examined by exploring current biological problems from the perspective of molecules, cells, organisms, populations and ecological systems. Includes investigative, hands-on laboratory and field experience and development of skills in experimental design, data analysis, scientific writing and presentation. The course is intended for first-year biology and biochemistry majors. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 151.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 141 - General Chemistry I: Bio-organic Molecules

    CHM 141 - General Chemistry I: Bio-organic Molecules

    3.75 credit hours

    An introduction to chemical principles through examples from the chemistry of carbon compounds and the molecules found in living systems, such as simple organic compounds, synthetic polymers, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. Major topics include atomic and electronic structure, ions, molecules, bonding energies, hybridization, acid/base chemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, steroechemistry and polymer chemistry. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One year of high school chemistry; two years of high school algebra or MTH 095.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 142 - General Chemistry II: Environmental Chemistry

    CHM 142 - General Chemistry II: Environmental Chemistry

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to chemical principles within the context of the environmental issues of fuel and energy, water treatment and acid rain. Major chemical topics include gas laws, thermochemistry, redox, electrochemistry, aqueous reactions and solubility, equilibria, acid/base and buffers.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CHM 141.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 100 - Psychology: Science of Behavior

    PSY 100 - Psychology: Science of Behavior

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the basic concepts, processes, theories and empirical findings concerning the behavior of organisms. Consideration is given to the following topics: physiological and developmental basis of behavior, sensory and perceptual processes, states of consciousness, learning and memory and motivation and emotion, as well as personality, intellectual functioning, psychopathology and social influences on behavior.

    Core

    Social Science.
    IAI

    S6 900

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 250 - Statistics

    PSY 250 - Statistics

    3.00 credit hours

    A course stressing the methods, concepts and logic underlying the statistical evaluation of research data. The course stresses descriptive and inferential statistics, estimation and hypothesis testing and "why" as well as "when" to use various statistical methods. A working knowledge of basic algebraic techniques is necessary. Only one of PSY 250 and BUS 241/ECN 241 may be taken for credit.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 118 or higher.

    Core

    Mathematics.
    IAI

    M1 902

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 255 - Research Design and Experimentation

    PSY 255 - Research Design and Experimentation

    3.75 credit hours

    The activities involved in obtaining, accumulating and organizing scientific knowledge through experimentation are stressed in this course. The concepts, logic and methods which serve as a basis for designing and conducting scientific research are presented in lecture and laboratory periods, and are practiced in laboratory exercises and in individual projects. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 100 and a minimum grade of C- in PSY 250.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:
  • NSC 490 - Seminar

    NSC 490 - Seminar

    3.00 credit hours

    An in-depth study of a specific topic in neuroscience. Students are expected to read and discuss original sources and current literature in psychology. Repeatable with different content.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 255, one 300-level NSC course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 497 - Internship (three credit hours)

    NSC 497 - Internship

    0.00-9.00 credit hours
    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 255 and one 300-level NSC course; some site-specific prerequisite courses may also apply.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 499 - Independent Study (three credit hours)

    NSC 499 - Independent Study

    1.00-3.00 credit hours
    Prerequisite(s)


    NSC 100 and one other course required for the NSC minor.

    Schedule Of Classes

Behavioral Track Courses

  • NSC 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    NSC 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    3.75 credit hours

    Core principles of nervous system function. This course includes topics on behavioral, organismal and molecular aspects of nerve function in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    NSC 200 and BIO 151; CHM 141 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

Three of the following:
  • NSC 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    NSC 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of drug effects on behavior, with emphasis on topics such as the neurophysiology of drug action, drug use versus drug abuse, physical versus psychological dependence and the legal and social implications of drug use. A range of classes of psychoactive drugs is considered, including stimulants, depressants, alcohol, opiates, hallucinogens and psychotherapeutic drugs.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 310 - Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

    NSC 310 - Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

    3.75 credit hours

    Core principles of nervous system function at the molecular and cellular level. This course will include topics on chemical, molecular and cellular aspects of neural communication in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    NSC 100 and NSC 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 405 - Animal Behavior

    BIO 405 - Animal Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    Behavioral mechanisms of animals as they interact with their environment, including topics such as development of behavior, learning and motivation, communication, mating systems, sexual reproduction, aggression, orientation and navigation and habitat selection. Examines physiological, evolutionary and ecological aspects of behavior with extensive use of the primary scientific literature. Issues in research ethics and scientific leadership are discussed, including core values of science, ethical standards of conduct and peer review as well as a focus on the ethics of animal research. Laboratory required: independent animal behavior project. Research course.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 302 or BIO 310.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSC 140 - Fundamentals of Computational Problem Solving -or- higher-level CSC course

    CSC 140 - Fundamentals of Computational Problem Solving

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to computing focusing on problem solving, algorithm construction, data organization and program development using Python. Topics include basic programming fundamentals and constructs such as variables and assignment statements; arithmetic, relational and logical operators; decisions and loops; modularization with functions; files; and data structures such as lists and dictionaries. Prior programming experience is not required. This course does not count toward a major in computer science, but may apply to a minor. May not be taken after successful completion of any higher level computer science course.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 121 (or concurrent enrollment) or higher or appropriate placement.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHL 215 - Bioethics

    PHL 215 - Bioethics

    3.00 credit hours

    After a brief overview of ethical theory and the philosophy of medicine, the moral dimensions of the following topics are considered: the health care professional-patient relationship (e.g., truth-telling, informed consent and confidentiality), euthanasia and physician-assisted death, abortion and maternal-fetal conflicts, the new reproductive technologies, human genetics, research involving human and animal subjects, the allocation of health care resources, managed care, public health and health care policy. The course is intended to be self-contained, and the emphasis on the topics may change from year to year.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Sophomore standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHL 250 - Philosophy of Mind

    PHL 250 - Philosophy of Mind

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the philosophy of mind, including such topics as the mind/body problem, the nature of consciousness, perception and theories of mental content. Special attention is paid to philosophical questions that arise in psychology, neuroscience and cognitive science. 

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 340 - Learning

    PSY 340 - Learning

    3.75 credit hours

    This course surveys theories of learning from an historical perspective. In addition, developments in methodology and applications of learning are discussed (e.g., behavior modification and programmed instruction). A weekly lab is included. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One 200-level course in Psychology, excluding PSY 250.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    PSY 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    3.75 credit hours

    An examination of how humans acquire, store, retrieve and use knowledge. The course emphasizes an information processing approach to cognition and deals with such topics as perception, selective attention, memory, imagery, problem-solving, reasoning, artificial intelligence and decision-making. A weekly laboratory is included. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 255.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 490 - Seminar

    PSY 490 - Seminar

    3.00 credit hours

    An in-depth study of a specific topic or issue in psychology. Students are expected to read and discuss original sources and current literature in psychology. Repeatable with different content.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 255 and one 300-level Psychology course.

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirements for the B.S. Degree

  • MTH 152 - Calculus II

    MTH 152 - Calculus II

    3.00 credit hours

    Continuation of Calculus I with emphasis on integration and its applications. Required for the B.S. degree in any department.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 141 or MTH 151.

    Core

    Mathematics.
    IAI

    M1 900

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:

  • Mathematics above MTH 152 
  • Computer Science (choose a course that was not taken as part of the major's elective course work)

Six credit hours from the following:

Choose courses that were not taken as part of the major's required or elective course work.

  • BCM 365 - Biochemistry

    BCM 365 - Biochemistry

    3.75 credit hours

    Survey of the major classes of biological molecules. Enzyme kinetics and the major metabolic pathways are discussed. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CHM 222 or CHM 216.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 147 - Anatomy and Physiology

    BIO 147 - Anatomy and Physiology

    3.75 credit hours

    The structure, function, and integration of systems of the human body. Laboratory studies in mammalian dissection and physiology. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Strong science background or BIO 100 or BIO 104.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 251 - Genes and Evolution

    BIO 251 - Genes and Evolution

    3.75 credit hours

    Genetic analysis and applications of genetics to the understanding of cellular processes and evolution. Investigation of classical, molecular and population genetics, including mechanisms of inheritance, DNA structure and function, chromosomes and genetic mapping, genotyping and genomic analysis, mutation, gene regulation and an introduction to population genetics and genetic mechanisms in evolution. Laboratory required, includes investigative projects in Drosophila genetics, gene cloning, human genotyping and Drosophila evolution.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 152 and CHM 141.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 252 - Cells and Systems

    BIO 252 - Cells and Systems

    3.75 credit hours

    Structure and function of cells and applications to physiological systems of plants and animals. Topics include cell membranes, enzymes, energy metabolism, cell movement and cell communication and their roles in nerve and muscle function, photosynthesis, vascular transport, digestion, excretion and other systems. Laboratory required, includes investigative projects in protein and enzyme function, metabolism and signal transduction.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 251 and CHM 141.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 302 - Physiology

    BIO 302 - Physiology

    3.75 credit hours

    Basic functional mechanisms of higher animals. Laboratory investigations including relatively long-term experimentation. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 252; BIO 253 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 360 - The Molecular Biology of Cancer

    BIO 360 - The Molecular Biology of Cancer

    3.75 credit hours

    In-depth investigation of current concepts and topics in molecular biology, using cancer as a theme. Major topics include: regulation of gene expression, control of the cell division and death and drug development. Reading of the primary literature and understanding current experimental methods are emphasized. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 252; BIO 253 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 405 - Animal Behavior

    BIO 405 - Animal Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    Behavioral mechanisms of animals as they interact with their environment, including topics such as development of behavior, learning and motivation, communication, mating systems, sexual reproduction, aggression, orientation and navigation and habitat selection. Examines physiological, evolutionary and ecological aspects of behavior with extensive use of the primary scientific literature. Issues in research ethics and scientific leadership are discussed, including core values of science, ethical standards of conduct and peer review as well as a focus on the ethics of animal research. Laboratory required: independent animal behavior project. Research course.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 302 or BIO 310.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 215 - Organic Chemistry I

    CHM 215 - Organic Chemistry I

    4.00 credit hours

    Survey of the various classes of carbon compounds, with emphasis upon molecular structure, stereochemistry and mechanisms of chemical reactions. Techniques for isolating and purifying organic compounds are learned in the laboratory. Laboratory required. Only offered in Summer. Students may not receive credit for both CHM 215 and CHM 220 or CHM 221.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Seven credit hours in chemistry.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 216 - Organic Chemistry II

    CHM 216 - Organic Chemistry II

    4.00 credit hours

    Continuation of CHM 215. This course builds on previously learned concepts to further explore the mechanisms of organic reactions. The emphasis shifts from physical organic to synthetic organic chemistry. Laboratory required. Only offered in Summer. Students may not receive credit for both CHM 216 and CHM 221 or CHM 222.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CHM 215.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • -or-

  • CHM 220 - Organic Chemistry I

    CHM 220 - Organic Chemistry I

    2.75 credit hours

    Survey of the various classes of carbon compounds, emphasizing molecular structure, stereochemistry and mechanisms of chemical reactions. Techniques for isolating and purifying organic compounds are learned in the laboratory. Laboratory required. Students may not receive credit for both CHM 215 and CHM 220.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Seven credit hours in chemistry.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 221 - Organic Chemistry II

    CHM 221 - Organic Chemistry II

    2.75 credit hours

    Continuation of CHM 220, emphasizing the chemistry of aromatic compounds, carbonyl containing functional groups and alcohols. The synthesis and chemical transformations of organic molecules is studied in more depth. Laboratory work focuses on synthetic techniques as well as physical and spectroscopic methods for molecular structure determination. Laboratory required. Students may not receive credit for both CHM 215 or CHM 216 and CHM 221

    Prerequisite(s)


    CHM 220.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 222 - Organic Chemistry III

    CHM 222 - Organic Chemistry III

    3.00 credit hours

    Continuation of CHM 221, with emphasis on the synthetic transformations of carbonyl containing functional groups, nitrogen containing compounds, biomolecules and pericyclic reactions. Laboratory work involves an 8–9 week research project, poster presentation and formal written report. Laboratory required. Students may not receive credit for both CHM 216 and CHM 222.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CHM 221.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    NSC 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of drug effects on behavior, with emphasis on topics such as the neurophysiology of drug action, drug use versus drug abuse, physical versus psychological dependence and the legal and social implications of drug use. A range of classes of psychoactive drugs is considered, including stimulants, depressants, alcohol, opiates, hallucinogens and psychotherapeutic drugs.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    NSC 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    3.75 credit hours

    Core principles of nervous system function. This course includes topics on behavioral, organismal and molecular aspects of nerve function in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    NSC 200 and BIO 151; CHM 141 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 310 - Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

    NSC 310 - Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

    3.75 credit hours

    Core principles of nervous system function at the molecular and cellular level. This course will include topics on chemical, molecular and cellular aspects of neural communication in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    NSC 100 and NSC 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHY 115 - College Physics I

    PHY 115 - College Physics I

    4.00 credit hours

    The first in a sequence of two algebra‐based physics courses. Topics include the study of motion using Newton's Laws and the conservation of energy principle, rotational motion, oscillations, waves and sound. Laboratory required. Credit may be earned for only one of the following sequences: PHY 115 and PHY 116 or PHY 141, PHY 142 and 143 (PHY 143A or PHY 143C). May not take PHY 115 after PHY 141 or PHY 142.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 121 and MTH 122; or high school algebra and trigonometry.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHY 116 - College Physics II

    PHY 116 - College Physics II

    4.00 credit hours

    The second in a sequence of two algebra-based physics courses. Topics include thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, electricity and magnetism, geometric and wave optics. Laboratory required. Credit may be earned for only one of the following sequences: PHY 115 and 116 or PHY 141, PHY 142 and 143 (PHY 143A or PHY 143C).

    Prerequisite(s)


    PHY 115.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • -or-

  • PHY 141 - Physics I

    PHY 141 - Physics I

    3.00 credit hours

    The first in a sequence of introductory physics courses. The study of motion using Newton's Laws and the conservation laws for energy and linear momentum. Laboratory required. Credit may be earned for only one of the following sequences: PHY 115 and PHY 116 or PHY 141, PHY 142, and 143 (PHY 143A or PHY 143C).

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 141/MTH 151 or concurrent enrollment.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHY 142 - Physics II

    PHY 142 - Physics II

    3.00 credit hours

    A continuation of PHY 141. Static equilibrium, rotational motion, conservation of angular momentum, oscillatory and wave motion, sound, geometric and physical optics. Calculus is used. Laboratory required. May not take PHY 142 after PHY 116.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PHY 141 or PHY 115; MTH 141 or MTH 151.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHY 143A - Physics III (Algebra-Based)

    PHY 143A - Physics III (Algebra-Based)

    3.00 credit hours

    A continuation of PHY 142. Electrical and magnetic forces and phenomena are described using the concept of the field. Introduction to electrical circuits. Other topics include fluid mechanics, heat, temperature, phases transitions and radioactive decay. Laboratory required. Credit may be earned for only one of the following sequences: PHY 115 and PHY 116 or PHY 141, PHY 142 and 143 (A or PHY 143C).

    Prerequisite(s)


    PHY 142.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 340 - Learning

    PSY 340 - Learning

    3.75 credit hours

    This course surveys theories of learning from an historical perspective. In addition, developments in methodology and applications of learning are discussed (e.g., behavior modification and programmed instruction). A weekly lab is included. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One 200-level course in Psychology, excluding PSY 250.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    PSY 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    3.75 credit hours

    An examination of how humans acquire, store, retrieve and use knowledge. The course emphasizes an information processing approach to cognition and deals with such topics as perception, selective attention, memory, imagery, problem-solving, reasoning, artificial intelligence and decision-making. A weekly laboratory is included. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 255.

    Schedule Of Classes

Neuroscience, Molecular Track, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Psychology and Neuroscience.

Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • NSC 100 - Introduction to Neuroscience

    NSC 100 - Introduction to Neuroscience

    3.75 credit hours

    This course provides an introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system. Topics include its contributions to a range of behaviors and phenomena including sensation and perception, homeostasis, biological rhythms, emotions, learning and memory, consciousness and psychopathology. Laboratory required.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    NSC 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the manner in which genetic, environmental, biochemical and physiological factors contribute to the neurological basis of behavior. Special attention is given to neural contributions to reproductive behavior, psychopharmacology, fear, emotion, learning, memory, communication, stress, ingestion, psychiatric and neurological disorders.

    Prerequisite(s)


    NSC 100 and PSY 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 151 - Biological Investigations I

    BIO 151 - Biological Investigations I

    4.00 credit hours

    The first in a two-course integrated study of the major principles at the core of modern biology: information, evolution, cells, emergent properties and homeostasis. These principles will be examined by exploring current biological problems from the perspective of molecules, cells, organisms, populations and ecological systems. Includes investigative, hands-on laboratory and field experience and development of skills in experimental design, data analysis, scientific writing and presentation. The course is intended for first-year biology and biochemistry majors. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    High school biology and chemistry.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 152 - Biological Investigations II

    BIO 152 - Biological Investigations II

    4.00 credit hours

    The second in a two-course integrated study of the major principles at the core of modern biology: information, evolution, cells, emergent properties and homeostasis. These principles will be examined by exploring current biological problems from the perspective of molecules, cells, organisms, populations and ecological systems. Includes investigative, hands-on laboratory and field experience and development of skills in experimental design, data analysis, scientific writing and presentation. The course is intended for first-year biology and biochemistry majors. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 151.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 141 - General Chemistry I: Bio-organic Molecules

    CHM 141 - General Chemistry I: Bio-organic Molecules

    3.75 credit hours

    An introduction to chemical principles through examples from the chemistry of carbon compounds and the molecules found in living systems, such as simple organic compounds, synthetic polymers, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. Major topics include atomic and electronic structure, ions, molecules, bonding energies, hybridization, acid/base chemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, steroechemistry and polymer chemistry. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One year of high school chemistry; two years of high school algebra or MTH 095.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 142 - General Chemistry II: Environmental Chemistry

    CHM 142 - General Chemistry II: Environmental Chemistry

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to chemical principles within the context of the environmental issues of fuel and energy, water treatment and acid rain. Major chemical topics include gas laws, thermochemistry, redox, electrochemistry, aqueous reactions and solubility, equilibria, acid/base and buffers.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CHM 141.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 100 - Psychology: Science of Behavior

    PSY 100 - Psychology: Science of Behavior

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the basic concepts, processes, theories and empirical findings concerning the behavior of organisms. Consideration is given to the following topics: physiological and developmental basis of behavior, sensory and perceptual processes, states of consciousness, learning and memory and motivation and emotion, as well as personality, intellectual functioning, psychopathology and social influences on behavior.

    Core

    Social Science.
    IAI

    S6 900

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 250 - Statistics

    PSY 250 - Statistics

    3.00 credit hours

    A course stressing the methods, concepts and logic underlying the statistical evaluation of research data. The course stresses descriptive and inferential statistics, estimation and hypothesis testing and "why" as well as "when" to use various statistical methods. A working knowledge of basic algebraic techniques is necessary. Only one of PSY 250 and BUS 241/ECN 241 may be taken for credit.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 118 or higher.

    Core

    Mathematics.
    IAI

    M1 902

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 255 - Research Design and Experimentation

    PSY 255 - Research Design and Experimentation

    3.75 credit hours

    The activities involved in obtaining, accumulating and organizing scientific knowledge through experimentation are stressed in this course. The concepts, logic and methods which serve as a basis for designing and conducting scientific research are presented in lecture and laboratory periods, and are practiced in laboratory exercises and in individual projects. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 100 and a minimum grade of C- in PSY 250.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:
  • NSC 490 - Seminar

    NSC 490 - Seminar

    3.00 credit hours

    An in-depth study of a specific topic in neuroscience. Students are expected to read and discuss original sources and current literature in psychology. Repeatable with different content.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 255, one 300-level NSC course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 497 - Internship (three credit hours)

    NSC 497 - Internship

    0.00-9.00 credit hours
    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 255 and one 300-level NSC course; some site-specific prerequisite courses may also apply.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 499 - Independent Study (three credit hours)

    NSC 499 - Independent Study

    1.00-3.00 credit hours
    Prerequisite(s)


    NSC 100 and one other course required for the NSC minor.

    Schedule Of Classes

Molecular Track Courses

  • NSC 310 - Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

    NSC 310 - Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

    3.75 credit hours

    Core principles of nervous system function at the molecular and cellular level. This course will include topics on chemical, molecular and cellular aspects of neural communication in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    NSC 100 and NSC 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

Three of the following:
  • NSC 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    NSC 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of drug effects on behavior, with emphasis on topics such as the neurophysiology of drug action, drug use versus drug abuse, physical versus psychological dependence and the legal and social implications of drug use. A range of classes of psychoactive drugs is considered, including stimulants, depressants, alcohol, opiates, hallucinogens and psychotherapeutic drugs.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    NSC 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    3.75 credit hours

    Core principles of nervous system function. This course includes topics on behavioral, organismal and molecular aspects of nerve function in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    NSC 200 and BIO 151; CHM 141 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BCM 365 - Biochemistry

    BCM 365 - Biochemistry

    3.75 credit hours

    Survey of the major classes of biological molecules. Enzyme kinetics and the major metabolic pathways are discussed. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CHM 222 or CHM 216.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 147 - Anatomy and Physiology

    BIO 147 - Anatomy and Physiology

    3.75 credit hours

    The structure, function, and integration of systems of the human body. Laboratory studies in mammalian dissection and physiology. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Strong science background or BIO 100 or BIO 104.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 251 - Genes and Evolution

    BIO 251 - Genes and Evolution

    3.75 credit hours

    Genetic analysis and applications of genetics to the understanding of cellular processes and evolution. Investigation of classical, molecular and population genetics, including mechanisms of inheritance, DNA structure and function, chromosomes and genetic mapping, genotyping and genomic analysis, mutation, gene regulation and an introduction to population genetics and genetic mechanisms in evolution. Laboratory required, includes investigative projects in Drosophila genetics, gene cloning, human genotyping and Drosophila evolution.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 152 and CHM 141.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 252 - Cells and Systems

    BIO 252 - Cells and Systems

    3.75 credit hours

    Structure and function of cells and applications to physiological systems of plants and animals. Topics include cell membranes, enzymes, energy metabolism, cell movement and cell communication and their roles in nerve and muscle function, photosynthesis, vascular transport, digestion, excretion and other systems. Laboratory required, includes investigative projects in protein and enzyme function, metabolism and signal transduction.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 251 and CHM 141.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 302 - Physiology

    BIO 302 - Physiology

    3.75 credit hours

    Basic functional mechanisms of higher animals. Laboratory investigations including relatively long-term experimentation. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 252; BIO 253 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 360 - The Molecular Biology of Cancer

    BIO 360 - The Molecular Biology of Cancer

    3.75 credit hours

    In-depth investigation of current concepts and topics in molecular biology, using cancer as a theme. Major topics include: regulation of gene expression, control of the cell division and death and drug development. Reading of the primary literature and understanding current experimental methods are emphasized. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 252; BIO 253 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSC 140 - Fundamentals of Computational Problem Solving -or- higher-level CSC course

    CSC 140 - Fundamentals of Computational Problem Solving

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to computing focusing on problem solving, algorithm construction, data organization and program development using Python. Topics include basic programming fundamentals and constructs such as variables and assignment statements; arithmetic, relational and logical operators; decisions and loops; modularization with functions; files; and data structures such as lists and dictionaries. Prior programming experience is not required. This course does not count toward a major in computer science, but may apply to a minor. May not be taken after successful completion of any higher level computer science course.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 121 (or concurrent enrollment) or higher or appropriate placement.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHL 215 - Bioethics

    PHL 215 - Bioethics

    3.00 credit hours

    After a brief overview of ethical theory and the philosophy of medicine, the moral dimensions of the following topics are considered: the health care professional-patient relationship (e.g., truth-telling, informed consent and confidentiality), euthanasia and physician-assisted death, abortion and maternal-fetal conflicts, the new reproductive technologies, human genetics, research involving human and animal subjects, the allocation of health care resources, managed care, public health and health care policy. The course is intended to be self-contained, and the emphasis on the topics may change from year to year.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Sophomore standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Neuroscience, Molecular Track, B.S.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Psychology and Neuroscience.

Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • NSC 100 - Introduction to Neuroscience

    NSC 100 - Introduction to Neuroscience

    3.75 credit hours

    This course provides an introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system. Topics include its contributions to a range of behaviors and phenomena including sensation and perception, homeostasis, biological rhythms, emotions, learning and memory, consciousness and psychopathology. Laboratory required.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    NSC 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the manner in which genetic, environmental, biochemical and physiological factors contribute to the neurological basis of behavior. Special attention is given to neural contributions to reproductive behavior, psychopharmacology, fear, emotion, learning, memory, communication, stress, ingestion, psychiatric and neurological disorders.

    Prerequisite(s)


    NSC 100 and PSY 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 151 - Biological Investigations I

    BIO 151 - Biological Investigations I

    4.00 credit hours

    The first in a two-course integrated study of the major principles at the core of modern biology: information, evolution, cells, emergent properties and homeostasis. These principles will be examined by exploring current biological problems from the perspective of molecules, cells, organisms, populations and ecological systems. Includes investigative, hands-on laboratory and field experience and development of skills in experimental design, data analysis, scientific writing and presentation. The course is intended for first-year biology and biochemistry majors. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    High school biology and chemistry.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 152 - Biological Investigations II

    BIO 152 - Biological Investigations II

    4.00 credit hours

    The second in a two-course integrated study of the major principles at the core of modern biology: information, evolution, cells, emergent properties and homeostasis. These principles will be examined by exploring current biological problems from the perspective of molecules, cells, organisms, populations and ecological systems. Includes investigative, hands-on laboratory and field experience and development of skills in experimental design, data analysis, scientific writing and presentation. The course is intended for first-year biology and biochemistry majors. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 151.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 141 - General Chemistry I: Bio-organic Molecules

    CHM 141 - General Chemistry I: Bio-organic Molecules

    3.75 credit hours

    An introduction to chemical principles through examples from the chemistry of carbon compounds and the molecules found in living systems, such as simple organic compounds, synthetic polymers, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. Major topics include atomic and electronic structure, ions, molecules, bonding energies, hybridization, acid/base chemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, steroechemistry and polymer chemistry. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One year of high school chemistry; two years of high school algebra or MTH 095.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 142 - General Chemistry II: Environmental Chemistry

    CHM 142 - General Chemistry II: Environmental Chemistry

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to chemical principles within the context of the environmental issues of fuel and energy, water treatment and acid rain. Major chemical topics include gas laws, thermochemistry, redox, electrochemistry, aqueous reactions and solubility, equilibria, acid/base and buffers.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CHM 141.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 100 - Psychology: Science of Behavior

    PSY 100 - Psychology: Science of Behavior

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the basic concepts, processes, theories and empirical findings concerning the behavior of organisms. Consideration is given to the following topics: physiological and developmental basis of behavior, sensory and perceptual processes, states of consciousness, learning and memory and motivation and emotion, as well as personality, intellectual functioning, psychopathology and social influences on behavior.

    Core

    Social Science.
    IAI

    S6 900

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 250 - Statistics

    PSY 250 - Statistics

    3.00 credit hours

    A course stressing the methods, concepts and logic underlying the statistical evaluation of research data. The course stresses descriptive and inferential statistics, estimation and hypothesis testing and "why" as well as "when" to use various statistical methods. A working knowledge of basic algebraic techniques is necessary. Only one of PSY 250 and BUS 241/ECN 241 may be taken for credit.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 118 or higher.

    Core

    Mathematics.
    IAI

    M1 902

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 255 - Research Design and Experimentation

    PSY 255 - Research Design and Experimentation

    3.75 credit hours

    The activities involved in obtaining, accumulating and organizing scientific knowledge through experimentation are stressed in this course. The concepts, logic and methods which serve as a basis for designing and conducting scientific research are presented in lecture and laboratory periods, and are practiced in laboratory exercises and in individual projects. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 100 and a minimum grade of C- in PSY 250.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:
  • NSC 490 - Seminar

    NSC 490 - Seminar

    3.00 credit hours

    An in-depth study of a specific topic in neuroscience. Students are expected to read and discuss original sources and current literature in psychology. Repeatable with different content.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 255, one 300-level NSC course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 497 - Internship (three credit hours)

    NSC 497 - Internship

    0.00-9.00 credit hours
    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 255 and one 300-level NSC course; some site-specific prerequisite courses may also apply.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 499 - Independent Study (three credit hours)

    NSC 499 - Independent Study

    1.00-3.00 credit hours
    Prerequisite(s)


    NSC 100 and one other course required for the NSC minor.

    Schedule Of Classes

Molecular Track Courses

  • NSC 310 - Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

    NSC 310 - Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

    3.75 credit hours

    Core principles of nervous system function at the molecular and cellular level. This course will include topics on chemical, molecular and cellular aspects of neural communication in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    NSC 100 and NSC 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

Three of the following:
  • NSC 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    NSC 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of drug effects on behavior, with emphasis on topics such as the neurophysiology of drug action, drug use versus drug abuse, physical versus psychological dependence and the legal and social implications of drug use. A range of classes of psychoactive drugs is considered, including stimulants, depressants, alcohol, opiates, hallucinogens and psychotherapeutic drugs.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    NSC 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    3.75 credit hours

    Core principles of nervous system function. This course includes topics on behavioral, organismal and molecular aspects of nerve function in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    NSC 200 and BIO 151; CHM 141 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BCM 365 - Biochemistry

    BCM 365 - Biochemistry

    3.75 credit hours

    Survey of the major classes of biological molecules. Enzyme kinetics and the major metabolic pathways are discussed. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CHM 222 or CHM 216.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 147 - Anatomy and Physiology

    BIO 147 - Anatomy and Physiology

    3.75 credit hours

    The structure, function, and integration of systems of the human body. Laboratory studies in mammalian dissection and physiology. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Strong science background or BIO 100 or BIO 104.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 251 - Genes and Evolution

    BIO 251 - Genes and Evolution

    3.75 credit hours

    Genetic analysis and applications of genetics to the understanding of cellular processes and evolution. Investigation of classical, molecular and population genetics, including mechanisms of inheritance, DNA structure and function, chromosomes and genetic mapping, genotyping and genomic analysis, mutation, gene regulation and an introduction to population genetics and genetic mechanisms in evolution. Laboratory required, includes investigative projects in Drosophila genetics, gene cloning, human genotyping and Drosophila evolution.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 152 and CHM 141.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 252 - Cells and Systems

    BIO 252 - Cells and Systems

    3.75 credit hours

    Structure and function of cells and applications to physiological systems of plants and animals. Topics include cell membranes, enzymes, energy metabolism, cell movement and cell communication and their roles in nerve and muscle function, photosynthesis, vascular transport, digestion, excretion and other systems. Laboratory required, includes investigative projects in protein and enzyme function, metabolism and signal transduction.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 251 and CHM 141.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 302 - Physiology

    BIO 302 - Physiology

    3.75 credit hours

    Basic functional mechanisms of higher animals. Laboratory investigations including relatively long-term experimentation. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 252; BIO 253 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 360 - The Molecular Biology of Cancer

    BIO 360 - The Molecular Biology of Cancer

    3.75 credit hours

    In-depth investigation of current concepts and topics in molecular biology, using cancer as a theme. Major topics include: regulation of gene expression, control of the cell division and death and drug development. Reading of the primary literature and understanding current experimental methods are emphasized. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 252; BIO 253 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSC 140 - Fundamentals of Computational Problem Solving -or- higher-level CSC course

    CSC 140 - Fundamentals of Computational Problem Solving

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to computing focusing on problem solving, algorithm construction, data organization and program development using Python. Topics include basic programming fundamentals and constructs such as variables and assignment statements; arithmetic, relational and logical operators; decisions and loops; modularization with functions; files; and data structures such as lists and dictionaries. Prior programming experience is not required. This course does not count toward a major in computer science, but may apply to a minor. May not be taken after successful completion of any higher level computer science course.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 121 (or concurrent enrollment) or higher or appropriate placement.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHL 215 - Bioethics

    PHL 215 - Bioethics

    3.00 credit hours

    After a brief overview of ethical theory and the philosophy of medicine, the moral dimensions of the following topics are considered: the health care professional-patient relationship (e.g., truth-telling, informed consent and confidentiality), euthanasia and physician-assisted death, abortion and maternal-fetal conflicts, the new reproductive technologies, human genetics, research involving human and animal subjects, the allocation of health care resources, managed care, public health and health care policy. The course is intended to be self-contained, and the emphasis on the topics may change from year to year.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Sophomore standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirements for the B.S. Degree

  • MTH 152 - Calculus II

    MTH 152 - Calculus II

    3.00 credit hours

    Continuation of Calculus I with emphasis on integration and its applications. Required for the B.S. degree in any department.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 141 or MTH 151.

    Core

    Mathematics.
    IAI

    M1 900

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:

  • Mathematics above MTH 152 
  • Computer Science (choose a course that was not taken as part of the major's elective course work)

Six credit hours from the following:

Choose courses that were not taken as part of the major's required or elective course work.

  • BCM 365 - Biochemistry

    BCM 365 - Biochemistry

    3.75 credit hours

    Survey of the major classes of biological molecules. Enzyme kinetics and the major metabolic pathways are discussed. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CHM 222 or CHM 216.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 147 - Anatomy and Physiology

    BIO 147 - Anatomy and Physiology

    3.75 credit hours

    The structure, function, and integration of systems of the human body. Laboratory studies in mammalian dissection and physiology. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Strong science background or BIO 100 or BIO 104.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 251 - Genes and Evolution

    BIO 251 - Genes and Evolution

    3.75 credit hours

    Genetic analysis and applications of genetics to the understanding of cellular processes and evolution. Investigation of classical, molecular and population genetics, including mechanisms of inheritance, DNA structure and function, chromosomes and genetic mapping, genotyping and genomic analysis, mutation, gene regulation and an introduction to population genetics and genetic mechanisms in evolution. Laboratory required, includes investigative projects in Drosophila genetics, gene cloning, human genotyping and Drosophila evolution.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 152 and CHM 141.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 252 - Cells and Systems

    BIO 252 - Cells and Systems

    3.75 credit hours

    Structure and function of cells and applications to physiological systems of plants and animals. Topics include cell membranes, enzymes, energy metabolism, cell movement and cell communication and their roles in nerve and muscle function, photosynthesis, vascular transport, digestion, excretion and other systems. Laboratory required, includes investigative projects in protein and enzyme function, metabolism and signal transduction.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 251 and CHM 141.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 302 - Physiology

    BIO 302 - Physiology

    3.75 credit hours

    Basic functional mechanisms of higher animals. Laboratory investigations including relatively long-term experimentation. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 252; BIO 253 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 360 - The Molecular Biology of Cancer

    BIO 360 - The Molecular Biology of Cancer

    3.75 credit hours

    In-depth investigation of current concepts and topics in molecular biology, using cancer as a theme. Major topics include: regulation of gene expression, control of the cell division and death and drug development. Reading of the primary literature and understanding current experimental methods are emphasized. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 252; BIO 253 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 405 - Animal Behavior

    BIO 405 - Animal Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    Behavioral mechanisms of animals as they interact with their environment, including topics such as development of behavior, learning and motivation, communication, mating systems, sexual reproduction, aggression, orientation and navigation and habitat selection. Examines physiological, evolutionary and ecological aspects of behavior with extensive use of the primary scientific literature. Issues in research ethics and scientific leadership are discussed, including core values of science, ethical standards of conduct and peer review as well as a focus on the ethics of animal research. Laboratory required: independent animal behavior project. Research course.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 302 or BIO 310.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 215 - Organic Chemistry I

    CHM 215 - Organic Chemistry I

    4.00 credit hours

    Survey of the various classes of carbon compounds, with emphasis upon molecular structure, stereochemistry and mechanisms of chemical reactions. Techniques for isolating and purifying organic compounds are learned in the laboratory. Laboratory required. Only offered in Summer. Students may not receive credit for both CHM 215 and CHM 220 or CHM 221.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Seven credit hours in chemistry.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 216 - Organic Chemistry II

    CHM 216 - Organic Chemistry II

    4.00 credit hours

    Continuation of CHM 215. This course builds on previously learned concepts to further explore the mechanisms of organic reactions. The emphasis shifts from physical organic to synthetic organic chemistry. Laboratory required. Only offered in Summer. Students may not receive credit for both CHM 216 and CHM 221 or CHM 222.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CHM 215.

    Schedule Of Classes

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  • CHM 220 - Organic Chemistry I

    CHM 220 - Organic Chemistry I

    2.75 credit hours

    Survey of the various classes of carbon compounds, emphasizing molecular structure, stereochemistry and mechanisms of chemical reactions. Techniques for isolating and purifying organic compounds are learned in the laboratory. Laboratory required. Students may not receive credit for both CHM 215 and CHM 220.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Seven credit hours in chemistry.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 221 - Organic Chemistry II

    CHM 221 - Organic Chemistry II

    2.75 credit hours

    Continuation of CHM 220, emphasizing the chemistry of aromatic compounds, carbonyl containing functional groups and alcohols. The synthesis and chemical transformations of organic molecules is studied in more depth. Laboratory work focuses on synthetic techniques as well as physical and spectroscopic methods for molecular structure determination. Laboratory required. Students may not receive credit for both CHM 215 or CHM 216 and CHM 221

    Prerequisite(s)


    CHM 220.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 222 - Organic Chemistry III

    CHM 222 - Organic Chemistry III

    3.00 credit hours

    Continuation of CHM 221, with emphasis on the synthetic transformations of carbonyl containing functional groups, nitrogen containing compounds, biomolecules and pericyclic reactions. Laboratory work involves an 8–9 week research project, poster presentation and formal written report. Laboratory required. Students may not receive credit for both CHM 216 and CHM 222.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CHM 221.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    NSC 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of drug effects on behavior, with emphasis on topics such as the neurophysiology of drug action, drug use versus drug abuse, physical versus psychological dependence and the legal and social implications of drug use. A range of classes of psychoactive drugs is considered, including stimulants, depressants, alcohol, opiates, hallucinogens and psychotherapeutic drugs.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    NSC 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    3.75 credit hours

    Core principles of nervous system function. This course includes topics on behavioral, organismal and molecular aspects of nerve function in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    NSC 200 and BIO 151; CHM 141 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 310 - Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

    NSC 310 - Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

    3.75 credit hours

    Core principles of nervous system function at the molecular and cellular level. This course will include topics on chemical, molecular and cellular aspects of neural communication in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    NSC 100 and NSC 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHY 115 - College Physics I

    PHY 115 - College Physics I

    4.00 credit hours

    The first in a sequence of two algebra‐based physics courses. Topics include the study of motion using Newton's Laws and the conservation of energy principle, rotational motion, oscillations, waves and sound. Laboratory required. Credit may be earned for only one of the following sequences: PHY 115 and PHY 116 or PHY 141, PHY 142 and 143 (PHY 143A or PHY 143C). May not take PHY 115 after PHY 141 or PHY 142.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 121 and MTH 122; or high school algebra and trigonometry.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHY 116 - College Physics II

    PHY 116 - College Physics II

    4.00 credit hours

    The second in a sequence of two algebra-based physics courses. Topics include thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, electricity and magnetism, geometric and wave optics. Laboratory required. Credit may be earned for only one of the following sequences: PHY 115 and 116 or PHY 141, PHY 142 and 143 (PHY 143A or PHY 143C).

    Prerequisite(s)


    PHY 115.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

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  • PHY 141 - Physics I

    PHY 141 - Physics I

    3.00 credit hours

    The first in a sequence of introductory physics courses. The study of motion using Newton's Laws and the conservation laws for energy and linear momentum. Laboratory required. Credit may be earned for only one of the following sequences: PHY 115 and PHY 116 or PHY 141, PHY 142, and 143 (PHY 143A or PHY 143C).

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 141/MTH 151 or concurrent enrollment.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHY 142 - Physics II

    PHY 142 - Physics II

    3.00 credit hours

    A continuation of PHY 141. Static equilibrium, rotational motion, conservation of angular momentum, oscillatory and wave motion, sound, geometric and physical optics. Calculus is used. Laboratory required. May not take PHY 142 after PHY 116.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PHY 141 or PHY 115; MTH 141 or MTH 151.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHY 143A - Physics III (Algebra-Based)

    PHY 143A - Physics III (Algebra-Based)

    3.00 credit hours

    A continuation of PHY 142. Electrical and magnetic forces and phenomena are described using the concept of the field. Introduction to electrical circuits. Other topics include fluid mechanics, heat, temperature, phases transitions and radioactive decay. Laboratory required. Credit may be earned for only one of the following sequences: PHY 115 and PHY 116 or PHY 141, PHY 142 and 143 (A or PHY 143C).

    Prerequisite(s)


    PHY 142.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 340 - Learning

    PSY 340 - Learning

    3.75 credit hours

    This course surveys theories of learning from an historical perspective. In addition, developments in methodology and applications of learning are discussed (e.g., behavior modification and programmed instruction). A weekly lab is included. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One 200-level course in Psychology, excluding PSY 250.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    PSY 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    3.75 credit hours

    An examination of how humans acquire, store, retrieve and use knowledge. The course emphasizes an information processing approach to cognition and deals with such topics as perception, selective attention, memory, imagery, problem-solving, reasoning, artificial intelligence and decision-making. A weekly laboratory is included. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 255.

    Schedule Of Classes

Neuroscience Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Psychology and Neuroscience.

Minor Requirements

The minor consists of a minimum of 23.5 credit hours. Of those hours, 17.5 are met by the required courses below with a minumum of six credit hours coming from the listed elective courses.

Required Courses

  • NSC 100 - Introduction to Neuroscience

    NSC 100 - Introduction to Neuroscience

    3.75 credit hours

    This course provides an introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system. Topics include its contributions to a range of behaviors and phenomena including sensation and perception, homeostasis, biological rhythms, emotions, learning and memory, consciousness and psychopathology. Laboratory required.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    NSC 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the manner in which genetic, environmental, biochemical and physiological factors contribute to the neurological basis of behavior. Special attention is given to neural contributions to reproductive behavior, psychopharmacology, fear, emotion, learning, memory, communication, stress, ingestion, psychiatric and neurological disorders.

    Prerequisite(s)


    NSC 100 and PSY 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    NSC 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    3.75 credit hours

    Core principles of nervous system function. This course includes topics on behavioral, organismal and molecular aspects of nerve function in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    NSC 200 and BIO 151; CHM 141 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 151 - Biological Investigations I

    BIO 151 - Biological Investigations I

    4.00 credit hours

    The first in a two-course integrated study of the major principles at the core of modern biology: information, evolution, cells, emergent properties and homeostasis. These principles will be examined by exploring current biological problems from the perspective of molecules, cells, organisms, populations and ecological systems. Includes investigative, hands-on laboratory and field experience and development of skills in experimental design, data analysis, scientific writing and presentation. The course is intended for first-year biology and biochemistry majors. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    High school biology and chemistry.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 100 - Psychology: Science of Behavior

    PSY 100 - Psychology: Science of Behavior

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the basic concepts, processes, theories and empirical findings concerning the behavior of organisms. Consideration is given to the following topics: physiological and developmental basis of behavior, sensory and perceptual processes, states of consciousness, learning and memory and motivation and emotion, as well as personality, intellectual functioning, psychopathology and social influences on behavior.

    Core

    Social Science.
    IAI

    S6 900

    Schedule Of Classes

Elective Courses

Six credit hours from the following:

  • NSC 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    NSC 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of drug effects on behavior, with emphasis on topics such as the neurophysiology of drug action, drug use versus drug abuse, physical versus psychological dependence and the legal and social implications of drug use. A range of classes of psychoactive drugs is considered, including stimulants, depressants, alcohol, opiates, hallucinogens and psychotherapeutic drugs.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NSC 499 - Independent Study

    NSC 499 - Independent Study

    1.00-3.00 credit hours
    Prerequisite(s)


    NSC 100 and one other course required for the NSC minor.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 152 - Biological Investigations II

    BIO 152 - Biological Investigations II

    4.00 credit hours

    The second in a two-course integrated study of the major principles at the core of modern biology: information, evolution, cells, emergent properties and homeostasis. These principles will be examined by exploring current biological problems from the perspective of molecules, cells, organisms, populations and ecological systems. Includes investigative, hands-on laboratory and field experience and development of skills in experimental design, data analysis, scientific writing and presentation. The course is intended for first-year biology and biochemistry majors. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 151.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHM 141 - General Chemistry I: Bio-organic Molecules

    CHM 141 - General Chemistry I: Bio-organic Molecules

    3.75 credit hours

    An introduction to chemical principles through examples from the chemistry of carbon compounds and the molecules found in living systems, such as simple organic compounds, synthetic polymers, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. Major topics include atomic and electronic structure, ions, molecules, bonding energies, hybridization, acid/base chemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, steroechemistry and polymer chemistry. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One year of high school chemistry; two years of high school algebra or MTH 095.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHL 215 - Bioethics

    PHL 215 - Bioethics

    3.00 credit hours

    After a brief overview of ethical theory and the philosophy of medicine, the moral dimensions of the following topics are considered: the health care professional-patient relationship (e.g., truth-telling, informed consent and confidentiality), euthanasia and physician-assisted death, abortion and maternal-fetal conflicts, the new reproductive technologies, human genetics, research involving human and animal subjects, the allocation of health care resources, managed care, public health and health care policy. The course is intended to be self-contained, and the emphasis on the topics may change from year to year.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Sophomore standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    PSY 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    3.75 credit hours

    An examination of how humans acquire, store, retrieve and use knowledge. The course emphasizes an information processing approach to cognition and deals with such topics as perception, selective attention, memory, imagery, problem-solving, reasoning, artificial intelligence and decision-making. A weekly laboratory is included. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 255.

    Schedule Of Classes

Neuroscience Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Research Opportunities

  • Society for Neuroscience (SFN)
  • Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA)
  • Chicago Area Society for Neuroscience

Graduate Schools

  • University of Southern California
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 

Graduate School and Career Options

  • Neuroscientist
  • Clinical neuroscientist
  • Medical school
  • Pharmacy school
  • Dental school
  • Physicians assistant
  • Occupational therapist
  • Veterinary school
  • Med lab science school
  • Nursing school
  • Research technician

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