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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Undergraduate Admission

(630) 637-5800

admissions@noctrl.edu

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.

As a neuroscience major at North Central College, you'll study cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, psychology and other areas. You'll learn the ins and outs of brain function and the nervous system function, build critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and gain hands-on experience that sets you up for success in your career. We offer the extraordinary opportunity to major in neuroscience and we will help you gain an edge in this emerging field. 

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 to add to your neuroscience major requirements by applying for a Richter Grant.
  • Conduct research during North Central’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program and present your findings to students in neuroscience degree programs at local, regional and national conferences.
  • Join the Neuroscience Club in which you will gain hands-on experience outside the classroom for those interested in the sciences and neuroscience.
  • Join Nu Rho Psi, the international honor society in neuroscience.

The neuroscience program is part of the Psychology Department.

Dual admission bachelor's/master of occupational therapy degree

Neuroscience, Behavioral Track, B.A.

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

Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • NEUR 100 - Introduction to Neuroscience

    NEUR 100 - Introduction to Neuroscience

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system and human brain. Topics include brain anatomy, function of nerve cells, neural communication, neuroscience methods, sensory and motor behavior, systems, and sleep. Gateway course. Laboratory required.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Science.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    NEUR 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    4.00 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 of reproduction, psychopharmacology, fear, learning, stress, ingestion, communication, memory, and psychiatric disorders.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 100.

    iCon(s)
    Examining Health.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 250 - Statistics

    PSYC 250 - Statistics

    4.00 credit hours

    The methods, concepts and logic underlying the statistical evaluation of research data with an emphasis on "why" as well as "when" to use various statistical methods. Content includes descriptive and inferential statistics, estimation and hypothesis testing. Analyses include z and t tests, one-way and factorial ANOVA, correlation, regression and Chi square. Assignments focus on problem solving, technical writing and use of computer statistical packages (SPSS). Only one of BUSN 265 or PSYC 250 may be taken for credit.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 130 or higher.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 255 - Research Design and Experimentation

    PSYC 255 - Research Design and Experimentation

    4.00 credit hours

    Students further their understanding of the scientific research process through lectures, activities and laboratory experiences. Students are introduced to various research designs, including naturalistic observation, case studies, correlational research and experimental research. Students use their knowledge of the research process to collect, analyze and critically think about original data. This course is writing intensive and requires working with a team to complete a significant research project. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 250.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Ethical Dimensions.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 293 - Careers in Psychology and Neuroscience

    PSYC 293 - Careers in Psychology and Neuroscience

    2.00 credit hours

    An exploration of various career options in psychology, neuroscience, and related fields. By collaborating with other students, instructors, and resource people both inside and outside of the North Central community, students learn about a wide range of careers possible with a major in psychology or neuroscience, as well as how to successfully prepare for one's chosen future career.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100 or NEUR 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I

    CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I

    4.00 credit hours

    A discussion of chemical principles through examples from the chemistry of carbon compounds and the molecules found in living systems. Major topics include atomic and electronic structure, ions, molecules, Lewis structures, VSEPR, hybridization, intermolecular forces, chromatography, equilibria, kinetics, stereochemistry and polymer chemistry. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One year of high school chemistry and two years of high school algebra.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II

    CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II

    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, aqueous reactions and solubility, equilibria, acid/base chemistry, buffers, thermochemistry, redox, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 121.

    iCon(s)
    Sustaining Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

Capstone

Four credits from one of the following:

  • NEUR 490 - Seminar

    NEUR 490 - Seminar

    4.00 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 neuroscience, culminating in an APA style paper. Repeatable with different content. Capstone.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255 and NEUR 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 495 - Neuroscience in the Community

    NEUR 495 - Neuroscience in the Community

    1.00-4.00 credit hours

    A community engagement project in neuroscience that serves as the culminating neuroscience curriculum experience. Students are expected to arrange the community engagement experience, design materials for the engagement experience, and analyze the effectiveness of this experience. A final APA style research paper incorporating primary literature, statistical analysis of the effectiveness of the experience, and reflection is required. To fulfill the capstone experience, students must complete a minimum of four credit hours from a single capstone designation. Capstone.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255 and NEUR 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 497 - Internship

    NEUR 497 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Valuable professional experiences supplement classroom instruction and allow students to apply neuroscience concepts to broader social issues and systems. Students explore career options within neuroscience, and critically reflect on the experience in a structured manner. Course work includes required hours in the field, written assignments, and a substantial APA style literature review/hypothesis paper directly related to this experience. To fulfill the capstone experience, students must complete a minimum of four credit hours from a single capstone designation. Capstone.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255 and NEUR 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 498 - Senior Thesis

    NEUR 498 - Senior Thesis

    1.00-4.00 credit hours

    Students work in collaboration with faculty to produce a culminating research experience. Activities vary according to project needs and student background, but may include creation of materials or agents, recruitment of participants, animal care, data collection, data coding and entry, literature review, statistical analysis, poster or oral presentation preparation. The senior thesis culminates in a APA style research paper. Students earning credit for a capstone experience must complete a minimum of four credit hours, with the option of spreading credit hours over two semesters. To fulfill the capstone experience, students must complete a minimum of four credit hours from a single capstone designation. Capstone.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255, NEUR 200 and NEUR 295.

    Schedule Of Classes

Note:

*PSYC 490 with a neuroscience topic may substitute for NEUR 490.

Behavioral Track Courses

  • NEUR 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    NEUR 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    4.00 credit hours

    Students investigate the neuronal underpinnings of behavior in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Material focuses on the relationship between nervous system function and the resulting behavioral output in neurological and developmental disorders. These disorders are analyzed through various lenses incorporating primary literature with classical and cutting edge neuroscience models and techniques. This course requires an intensive, vertebrate-based laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 200; Concurrent enrollment in NEUR 301.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 301 - Neuroethics in Behavioral Neuroscience

    NEUR 301 - Neuroethics in Behavioral Neuroscience

    1.00 credit hours

    Advances in neuroscience have brought about several ethical questions surrounding the utilization and implementation of techniques and discoveries in vertebrates and humans. Accompanying the NEUR 300 laboratory, students are educated and trained in the ethical use of vertebrates in research. An examination of the ethical boundaries when utilizing novel and experimental techniques to treat developmental and neurological disorders will supplement NEUR 300 course material.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 200; Concurrent enrollment in NEUR 300.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Ethical Dimensions.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 145 - Allied Health Microbiology

    BIOL 145 - Allied Health Microbiology

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to biology and microbiology with a human and medical focus for students preparing for allied-health professions, especially nursing. Introduces cell structure, metabolism, basic genetics, the biology of bacteria and viruses, mechanisms of disease, the human immune response, treatment of disease and major microbial diseases of various body systems. Laboratory includes techniques for working with and identifying microorganisms. Laboratory required. This course may not count toward a major or minor in biology.

    Schedule Of Classes

Electives

Two of the following:

  • NEUR 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    NEUR 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the dynamic relationship between how drugs act on the brain and behavior. Topics include the properties of drug action, differentiating drug use and drug dependence, physical versus psychological dependence, as well as the legal and social implications of drug use. A range of legal and illegal drugs such as stimulants, depressants, alcohol, opiates, hallucinogens, and pharmaceutical drugs are investigated.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 100 or PSYC 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Examining Health.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 310 - Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

    NEUR 310 - Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

    4.00 credit hours

    Examination of the cellular and molecular underpinnings of neuronal communication in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Topics include the fundamental properties of excitable membranes, synaptic transmission, and neuronal integration. These topics are investigated utilizing classical and cutting edge molecular neuroscience techniques in this vertebrate based laboratory intensive course.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 210 and NEUR 200; Concurrent enrollment in NEUR 311.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 340 - Learning

    PSYC 340 - Learning

    4.00 credit hours

    The scientific study of how animals and humans learn from a historical perspective. Course work emphasizes theory, evidence, methodology, and application of the research to education, clinical settings, parenting, and training animals. Classical and operant conditioning are the main focus with observational learning, memory research, and biological factors included. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    PSYC 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    4.00 credit hours

    Students further their understanding of the scientific study of mental processes, including sensation, perception, attention, memory, knowledge representation, speech and language, decision-making, and problem solving. Students also explore the brain physiology underlying these processes and the cognitive consequences of brain injury and disease. Course work emphasizes the history, theory, methodology, and application of research in the field. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 490 - Seminar

    PSYC 490 - Seminar

    4.00 credit hours

    An in-depth study of a specific topic or issue in psychology. Topics depend upon faculty and student interest. Students are expected to read and discuss original sources and current literature in psychology. An APA-style paper is required. Repeatable with different content. Capstone.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255 and one 300-level Psychology course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 410 - Animal Behavior

    BIOL 410 - Animal Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    Behavioral mechanisms of animals as they interact with their environment, including development of behavior, learning and motivation, communication, mating, 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 scientific ethics are discussed, including core values of science, ethical standards of conduct and peer review as well as a focus on ethics of animal research. Laboratory required: independent animal behavior project. Capstone course.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One of BIOL 310, BIOL 315 or BIOL 370.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSCE 160 - Introduction to Computer Programming

    CSCE 160 - Introduction to Computer Programming

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to computer science and programming, emphasizing the development of algorithms and problem solving skills using both procedural and object-oriented approaches. Topics include data types; I/O; arithmetic, relational and logical operators; control structures; functions; simple data structures; different computing environments such as the Linux operating system are also explored. Integrated laboratory.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHIL 250 - Philosophy of Mind

    PHIL 250 - Philosophy of Mind

    4.00 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.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Examining Health, Innovating the World.

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Foreign Language

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

One of the following:

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

  • INFS 110 - Introduction to Data Analysis, Modeling and Presentation

    INFS 110 - Introduction to Data Analysis, Modeling and Presentation

    4.00 credit hours

    Use of computing tools and techniques for data modeling, analysis, visualization and presentation. Topics include introduction to spreadsheet tools for data processing, presentation and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, statistical and financial functions, formulas, graphical and modern visualization tools, macros and scripting; Introduction to modeling and simulation, scenarios and goal-seeking and what-if analysis. Applications focus will be on a practical problem such as climate data, personal wellness/fitness modeling, financial problems, etc. Integrated laboratory.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHIL 250 - Philosophy of Mind

    PHIL 250 - Philosophy of Mind

    4.00 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.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Examining Health, Innovating the World.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • Additional Writing intensive course
    • Study Abroad or May term course

Neuroscience, Behavioral Track, B.S.

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

Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • NEUR 100 - Introduction to Neuroscience

    NEUR 100 - Introduction to Neuroscience

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system and human brain. Topics include brain anatomy, function of nerve cells, neural communication, neuroscience methods, sensory and motor behavior, systems, and sleep. Gateway course. Laboratory required.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Science.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    NEUR 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    4.00 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 of reproduction, psychopharmacology, fear, learning, stress, ingestion, communication, memory, and psychiatric disorders.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 100.

    iCon(s)
    Examining Health.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 250 - Statistics

    PSYC 250 - Statistics

    4.00 credit hours

    The methods, concepts and logic underlying the statistical evaluation of research data with an emphasis on "why" as well as "when" to use various statistical methods. Content includes descriptive and inferential statistics, estimation and hypothesis testing. Analyses include z and t tests, one-way and factorial ANOVA, correlation, regression and Chi square. Assignments focus on problem solving, technical writing and use of computer statistical packages (SPSS). Only one of BUSN 265 or PSYC 250 may be taken for credit.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 130 or higher.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 255 - Research Design and Experimentation

    PSYC 255 - Research Design and Experimentation

    4.00 credit hours

    Students further their understanding of the scientific research process through lectures, activities and laboratory experiences. Students are introduced to various research designs, including naturalistic observation, case studies, correlational research and experimental research. Students use their knowledge of the research process to collect, analyze and critically think about original data. This course is writing intensive and requires working with a team to complete a significant research project. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 250.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Ethical Dimensions.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 293 - Careers in Psychology and Neuroscience

    PSYC 293 - Careers in Psychology and Neuroscience

    2.00 credit hours

    An exploration of various career options in psychology, neuroscience, and related fields. By collaborating with other students, instructors, and resource people both inside and outside of the North Central community, students learn about a wide range of careers possible with a major in psychology or neuroscience, as well as how to successfully prepare for one's chosen future career.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100 or NEUR 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I

    CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I

    4.00 credit hours

    A discussion of chemical principles through examples from the chemistry of carbon compounds and the molecules found in living systems. Major topics include atomic and electronic structure, ions, molecules, Lewis structures, VSEPR, hybridization, intermolecular forces, chromatography, equilibria, kinetics, stereochemistry and polymer chemistry. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One year of high school chemistry and two years of high school algebra.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II

    CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II

    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, aqueous reactions and solubility, equilibria, acid/base chemistry, buffers, thermochemistry, redox, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 121.

    iCon(s)
    Sustaining Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

Capstone

Four credits from one of the following:

  • NEUR 497 - Internship

    NEUR 497 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Valuable professional experiences supplement classroom instruction and allow students to apply neuroscience concepts to broader social issues and systems. Students explore career options within neuroscience, and critically reflect on the experience in a structured manner. Course work includes required hours in the field, written assignments, and a substantial APA style literature review/hypothesis paper directly related to this experience. To fulfill the capstone experience, students must complete a minimum of four credit hours from a single capstone designation. Capstone.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255 and NEUR 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 498 - Senior Thesis

    NEUR 498 - Senior Thesis

    1.00-4.00 credit hours

    Students work in collaboration with faculty to produce a culminating research experience. Activities vary according to project needs and student background, but may include creation of materials or agents, recruitment of participants, animal care, data collection, data coding and entry, literature review, statistical analysis, poster or oral presentation preparation. The senior thesis culminates in a APA style research paper. Students earning credit for a capstone experience must complete a minimum of four credit hours, with the option of spreading credit hours over two semesters. To fulfill the capstone experience, students must complete a minimum of four credit hours from a single capstone designation. Capstone.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255, NEUR 200 and NEUR 295.

    Schedule Of Classes

Behaviorial Track Courses

  • NEUR 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    NEUR 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    4.00 credit hours

    Students investigate the neuronal underpinnings of behavior in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Material focuses on the relationship between nervous system function and the resulting behavioral output in neurological and developmental disorders. These disorders are analyzed through various lenses incorporating primary literature with classical and cutting edge neuroscience models and techniques. This course requires an intensive, vertebrate-based laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 200; Concurrent enrollment in NEUR 301.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 301 - Neuroethics in Behavioral Neuroscience

    NEUR 301 - Neuroethics in Behavioral Neuroscience

    1.00 credit hours

    Advances in neuroscience have brought about several ethical questions surrounding the utilization and implementation of techniques and discoveries in vertebrates and humans. Accompanying the NEUR 300 laboratory, students are educated and trained in the ethical use of vertebrates in research. An examination of the ethical boundaries when utilizing novel and experimental techniques to treat developmental and neurological disorders will supplement NEUR 300 course material.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 200; Concurrent enrollment in NEUR 300.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Ethical Dimensions.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 145 - Allied Health Microbiology

    BIOL 145 - Allied Health Microbiology

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to biology and microbiology with a human and medical focus for students preparing for allied-health professions, especially nursing. Introduces cell structure, metabolism, basic genetics, the biology of bacteria and viruses, mechanisms of disease, the human immune response, treatment of disease and major microbial diseases of various body systems. Laboratory includes techniques for working with and identifying microorganisms. Laboratory required. This course may not count toward a major or minor in biology.

    Schedule Of Classes

Electives

Two of the following:

  • NEUR 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    NEUR 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the dynamic relationship between how drugs act on the brain and behavior. Topics include the properties of drug action, differentiating drug use and drug dependence, physical versus psychological dependence, as well as the legal and social implications of drug use. A range of legal and illegal drugs such as stimulants, depressants, alcohol, opiates, hallucinogens, and pharmaceutical drugs are investigated.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 100 or PSYC 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Examining Health.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 310 - Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

    NEUR 310 - Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

    4.00 credit hours

    Examination of the cellular and molecular underpinnings of neuronal communication in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Topics include the fundamental properties of excitable membranes, synaptic transmission, and neuronal integration. These topics are investigated utilizing classical and cutting edge molecular neuroscience techniques in this vertebrate based laboratory intensive course.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 210 and NEUR 200; Concurrent enrollment in NEUR 311.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 340 - Learning

    PSYC 340 - Learning

    4.00 credit hours

    The scientific study of how animals and humans learn from a historical perspective. Course work emphasizes theory, evidence, methodology, and application of the research to education, clinical settings, parenting, and training animals. Classical and operant conditioning are the main focus with observational learning, memory research, and biological factors included. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    PSYC 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    4.00 credit hours

    Students further their understanding of the scientific study of mental processes, including sensation, perception, attention, memory, knowledge representation, speech and language, decision-making, and problem solving. Students also explore the brain physiology underlying these processes and the cognitive consequences of brain injury and disease. Course work emphasizes the history, theory, methodology, and application of research in the field. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 490 - Seminar

    PSYC 490 - Seminar

    4.00 credit hours

    An in-depth study of a specific topic or issue in psychology. Topics depend upon faculty and student interest. Students are expected to read and discuss original sources and current literature in psychology. An APA-style paper is required. Repeatable with different content. Capstone.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255 and one 300-level Psychology course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 410 - Animal Behavior

    BIOL 410 - Animal Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    Behavioral mechanisms of animals as they interact with their environment, including development of behavior, learning and motivation, communication, mating, 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 scientific ethics are discussed, including core values of science, ethical standards of conduct and peer review as well as a focus on ethics of animal research. Laboratory required: independent animal behavior project. Capstone course.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One of BIOL 310, BIOL 315 or BIOL 370.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSCE 160 - Introduction to Computer Programming

    CSCE 160 - Introduction to Computer Programming

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to computer science and programming, emphasizing the development of algorithms and problem solving skills using both procedural and object-oriented approaches. Topics include data types; I/O; arithmetic, relational and logical operators; control structures; functions; simple data structures; different computing environments such as the Linux operating system are also explored. Integrated laboratory.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHIL 250 - Philosophy of Mind

    PHIL 250 - Philosophy of Mind

    4.00 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.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Examining Health, Innovating the World.

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirements for the B.S. Degree

One of the following:

  • PSYC 360 - Psychological Assessment

    PSYC 360 - Psychological Assessment

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to key concepts, methods, and ethical considerations associated with psychological assessment. A key goal is for students to understand psychometric techniques so that they can read, understand, and interpret test results. Topics include an overview of true score, item response, and generalizability theories. Special emphasis is placed on the ethical and appropriate use of tests and the intersection between testing and contemporary society. Special topics include testing in the areas of intelligence, personality, attitudes, interests, and abilities.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 250 and one additional 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MATH 151 - Calculus I

    MATH 151 - Calculus I

    4.00 credit hours

    An exploration of the fundamental concepts of single-variable calculus including limits, continuity, differentiation and integration with applications.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 140 or placement; Four years of math including algebra, geometry and trigonometry recommended.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

Eight credit hours from the following:

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

  • NEUR 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    NEUR 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the dynamic relationship between how drugs act on the brain and behavior. Topics include the properties of drug action, differentiating drug use and drug dependence, physical versus psychological dependence, as well as the legal and social implications of drug use. A range of legal and illegal drugs such as stimulants, depressants, alcohol, opiates, hallucinogens, and pharmaceutical drugs are investigated.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 100 or PSYC 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Examining Health.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 310 - Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

    NEUR 310 - Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

    4.00 credit hours

    Examination of the cellular and molecular underpinnings of neuronal communication in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Topics include the fundamental properties of excitable membranes, synaptic transmission, and neuronal integration. These topics are investigated utilizing classical and cutting edge molecular neuroscience techniques in this vertebrate based laboratory intensive course.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 210 and NEUR 200; Concurrent enrollment in NEUR 311.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 340 - Learning

    PSYC 340 - Learning

    4.00 credit hours

    The scientific study of how animals and humans learn from a historical perspective. Course work emphasizes theory, evidence, methodology, and application of the research to education, clinical settings, parenting, and training animals. Classical and operant conditioning are the main focus with observational learning, memory research, and biological factors included. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    PSYC 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    4.00 credit hours

    Students further their understanding of the scientific study of mental processes, including sensation, perception, attention, memory, knowledge representation, speech and language, decision-making, and problem solving. Students also explore the brain physiology underlying these processes and the cognitive consequences of brain injury and disease. Course work emphasizes the history, theory, methodology, and application of research in the field. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BCHM 365 - Principles of Biochemistry

    BCHM 365 - Principles of Biochemistry

    4.00 credit hours

    Survey of the major classes of biological molecules. Protein structure and purification, enzyme kinetics and the major metabolic pathways are discussed. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 252.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 201 - Anatomy and Physiology I

    BIOL 201 - Anatomy and Physiology I

    4.00 credit hours

    Anatomy and Physiology is about how the body maintains life. Anatomy looks at the structure and organization of body parts; physiology explains their functions. Integration of structure and function allows understanding of what systems do and how. Beginning with cells and the grouping of cells into tissues and organs, groups of organs that function together form organ systems which maintain stable internal conditions. This course examines the integumentary, skeletal, muscle and digestive systems. Laboratory required; activities connect course concepts with experiential learning, using basic chemistry, tissue slides, human and cat skeletons, and cat dissection for muscle identification and function.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 104 or BIOL 108 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 202 - Anatomy and Physiology II

    BIOL 202 - Anatomy and Physiology II

    4.00 credit hours

    Anatomy and Physiology is about how the body maintains life. Anatomy looks at the structure and organization of body parts; physiology explains their functions. Integration of structure and function allows understanding of what systems do and how. This course continues the study of organ systems with nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and reproductive systems. Laboratory required; activities connect anatomical and physiological concepts with experiential learning by continuing cat dissection for the nervous, digestive, circulatory, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems. All students will experience alteration of some physiological systems and homeostatic mechanisms designed to maintain a stable internal environment.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 210 - Cells and Systems

    BIOL 210 - Cells and Systems

    4.00 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)

    BIOL 195; CHEM 121 or concurrent enrollment.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 230 - Genes and Genomics

    BIOL 230 - Genes and Genomics

    4.00 credit hours

    Genetic analysis and applications of genetics to the understanding of cellular processes. Investigation of classical Mendelian genetics and modern molecular genetics, including mechanisms of inheritance, DNA structure and function, genotyping and genomic analysis, mutation, epigenetics and gene regulation. Laboratory required, includes investigative projects in Drosophila genetics, gene cloning and human genotyping.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 220.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 315 - Animal Physiology

    BIOL 315 - Animal Physiology

    4.00 credit hours

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

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 230.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 360 - Molecular Biology of Cancer

    BIOL 360 - Molecular Biology of Cancer

    4.00 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 cell division and death and drug development. Reading of the primary literature and understanding current experimental methods are emphasized. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 230.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 410 - Animal Behavior

    BIOL 410 - Animal Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    Behavioral mechanisms of animals as they interact with their environment, including development of behavior, learning and motivation, communication, mating, 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 scientific ethics are discussed, including core values of science, ethical standards of conduct and peer review as well as a focus on ethics of animal research. Laboratory required: independent animal behavior project. Capstone course.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One of BIOL 310, BIOL 315 or BIOL 370.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 251 - Organic Chemistry I

    CHEM 251 - Organic Chemistry I

    4.00 credit hours

    Survey of the various classes of carbon compounds, with emphasis upon molecular structure, stereochemistry and mechanisms of Organic reactions. Techniques for isolating, purifying and characterizing organic compounds are learned in the laboratory. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Six hours in Chemistry including CHEM 121 or CHEM 122.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 252 - Organic Chemistry II

    CHEM 252 - Organic Chemistry II

    4.00 credit hours

    Continuation of CHEM 251. 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.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 251.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHYS 161 - Physics I: Mechanics and Heat

    PHYS 161 - Physics I: Mechanics and Heat

    4.00 credit hours

    Newton's Laws of motion, energy conservation, rotational motion, thermodynamics. Laboratory required, includes experimental physics and an introduction to computational modeling. Credit may be earned for only one of PHYS 131 and PHYS 161.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CSCE 160; MATH 151 or concurrent enrollment.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHYS 162 - Physics II: Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics

    PHYS 162 - Physics II: Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics

    4.00 credit hours

    Oscillations, waves, electricity, magnetism, optics. Laboratory required, includes experimental physics and computational modeling. Credit may be earned for only one of PHYS 132 and PHYS 162.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CSCE 160, MATH 151 and PHYS 161.

    Schedule Of Classes

Neuroscience, Molecular Track, B.A.

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

Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • NEUR 100 - Introduction to Neuroscience

    NEUR 100 - Introduction to Neuroscience

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system and human brain. Topics include brain anatomy, function of nerve cells, neural communication, neuroscience methods, sensory and motor behavior, systems, and sleep. Gateway course. Laboratory required.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Science.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    NEUR 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    4.00 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 of reproduction, psychopharmacology, fear, learning, stress, ingestion, communication, memory, and psychiatric disorders.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 100.

    iCon(s)
    Examining Health.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 250 - Statistics

    PSYC 250 - Statistics

    4.00 credit hours

    The methods, concepts and logic underlying the statistical evaluation of research data with an emphasis on "why" as well as "when" to use various statistical methods. Content includes descriptive and inferential statistics, estimation and hypothesis testing. Analyses include z and t tests, one-way and factorial ANOVA, correlation, regression and Chi square. Assignments focus on problem solving, technical writing and use of computer statistical packages (SPSS). Only one of BUSN 265 or PSYC 250 may be taken for credit.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 130 or higher.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 255 - Research Design and Experimentation

    PSYC 255 - Research Design and Experimentation

    4.00 credit hours

    Students further their understanding of the scientific research process through lectures, activities and laboratory experiences. Students are introduced to various research designs, including naturalistic observation, case studies, correlational research and experimental research. Students use their knowledge of the research process to collect, analyze and critically think about original data. This course is writing intensive and requires working with a team to complete a significant research project. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 250.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Ethical Dimensions.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 293 - Careers in Psychology and Neuroscience

    PSYC 293 - Careers in Psychology and Neuroscience

    2.00 credit hours

    An exploration of various career options in psychology, neuroscience, and related fields. By collaborating with other students, instructors, and resource people both inside and outside of the North Central community, students learn about a wide range of careers possible with a major in psychology or neuroscience, as well as how to successfully prepare for one's chosen future career.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100 or NEUR 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I

    CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I

    4.00 credit hours

    A discussion of chemical principles through examples from the chemistry of carbon compounds and the molecules found in living systems. Major topics include atomic and electronic structure, ions, molecules, Lewis structures, VSEPR, hybridization, intermolecular forces, chromatography, equilibria, kinetics, stereochemistry and polymer chemistry. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One year of high school chemistry and two years of high school algebra.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II

    CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II

    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, aqueous reactions and solubility, equilibria, acid/base chemistry, buffers, thermochemistry, redox, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 121.

    iCon(s)
    Sustaining Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

Capstone

Four credits from one of the following:

  • NEUR 490 - Seminar

    NEUR 490 - Seminar

    4.00 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 neuroscience, culminating in an APA style paper. Repeatable with different content. Capstone.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255 and NEUR 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 495 - Neuroscience in the Community

    NEUR 495 - Neuroscience in the Community

    1.00-4.00 credit hours

    A community engagement project in neuroscience that serves as the culminating neuroscience curriculum experience. Students are expected to arrange the community engagement experience, design materials for the engagement experience, and analyze the effectiveness of this experience. A final APA style research paper incorporating primary literature, statistical analysis of the effectiveness of the experience, and reflection is required. To fulfill the capstone experience, students must complete a minimum of four credit hours from a single capstone designation. Capstone.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255 and NEUR 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 497 - Internship

    NEUR 497 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Valuable professional experiences supplement classroom instruction and allow students to apply neuroscience concepts to broader social issues and systems. Students explore career options within neuroscience, and critically reflect on the experience in a structured manner. Course work includes required hours in the field, written assignments, and a substantial APA style literature review/hypothesis paper directly related to this experience. To fulfill the capstone experience, students must complete a minimum of four credit hours from a single capstone designation. Capstone.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255 and NEUR 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 498 - Senior Thesis

    NEUR 498 - Senior Thesis

    1.00-4.00 credit hours

    Students work in collaboration with faculty to produce a culminating research experience. Activities vary according to project needs and student background, but may include creation of materials or agents, recruitment of participants, animal care, data collection, data coding and entry, literature review, statistical analysis, poster or oral presentation preparation. The senior thesis culminates in a APA style research paper. Students earning credit for a capstone experience must complete a minimum of four credit hours, with the option of spreading credit hours over two semesters. To fulfill the capstone experience, students must complete a minimum of four credit hours from a single capstone designation. Capstone.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255, NEUR 200 and NEUR 295.

    Schedule Of Classes

Note:

*PSYC 490 with a neuroscience topic may substitute for NEUR 490.

Molecular Track Courses

  • NEUR 310 - Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

    NEUR 310 - Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

    4.00 credit hours

    Examination of the cellular and molecular underpinnings of neuronal communication in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Topics include the fundamental properties of excitable membranes, synaptic transmission, and neuronal integration. These topics are investigated utilizing classical and cutting edge molecular neuroscience techniques in this vertebrate based laboratory intensive course.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 210 and NEUR 200; Concurrent enrollment in NEUR 311.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 311 - Neuroethics in Molecular Neuroscience

    NEUR 311 - Neuroethics in Molecular Neuroscience

    1.00 credit hours

    Neuroethics studies the moral issues arising in connection with advances in neuroscience. Examination of the ethical boundaries when utilizing novel and experimental molecular techniques in both vertebrates and humans. Course material complements NEUR 310. In the NEUR 310 laboratory, students are educated and trained in the ethics of molecular neuroscience research.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 200; Concurrent enrollment in NEUR 310.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Ethical Dimensions.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 210 - Cells and Systems

    BIOL 210 - Cells and Systems

    4.00 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)

    BIOL 195; CHEM 121 or concurrent enrollment.

    Schedule Of Classes

Molecular Neuroscience Electives

Two of the following:

  • NEUR 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    NEUR 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the dynamic relationship between how drugs act on the brain and behavior. Topics include the properties of drug action, differentiating drug use and drug dependence, physical versus psychological dependence, as well as the legal and social implications of drug use. A range of legal and illegal drugs such as stimulants, depressants, alcohol, opiates, hallucinogens, and pharmaceutical drugs are investigated.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 100 or PSYC 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Examining Health.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    NEUR 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    4.00 credit hours

    Students investigate the neuronal underpinnings of behavior in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Material focuses on the relationship between nervous system function and the resulting behavioral output in neurological and developmental disorders. These disorders are analyzed through various lenses incorporating primary literature with classical and cutting edge neuroscience models and techniques. This course requires an intensive, vertebrate-based laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 200; Concurrent enrollment in NEUR 301.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BCHM 365 - Principles of Biochemistry

    BCHM 365 - Principles of Biochemistry

    4.00 credit hours

    Survey of the major classes of biological molecules. Protein structure and purification, enzyme kinetics and the major metabolic pathways are discussed. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 252.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 201 - Anatomy and Physiology I

    BIOL 201 - Anatomy and Physiology I

    4.00 credit hours

    Anatomy and Physiology is about how the body maintains life. Anatomy looks at the structure and organization of body parts; physiology explains their functions. Integration of structure and function allows understanding of what systems do and how. Beginning with cells and the grouping of cells into tissues and organs, groups of organs that function together form organ systems which maintain stable internal conditions. This course examines the integumentary, skeletal, muscle and digestive systems. Laboratory required; activities connect course concepts with experiential learning, using basic chemistry, tissue slides, human and cat skeletons, and cat dissection for muscle identification and function.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 104 or BIOL 108 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 202 - Anatomy and Physiology II

    BIOL 202 - Anatomy and Physiology II

    4.00 credit hours

    Anatomy and Physiology is about how the body maintains life. Anatomy looks at the structure and organization of body parts; physiology explains their functions. Integration of structure and function allows understanding of what systems do and how. This course continues the study of organ systems with nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and reproductive systems. Laboratory required; activities connect anatomical and physiological concepts with experiential learning by continuing cat dissection for the nervous, digestive, circulatory, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems. All students will experience alteration of some physiological systems and homeostatic mechanisms designed to maintain a stable internal environment.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 230 - Genes and Genomics

    BIOL 230 - Genes and Genomics

    4.00 credit hours

    Genetic analysis and applications of genetics to the understanding of cellular processes. Investigation of classical Mendelian genetics and modern molecular genetics, including mechanisms of inheritance, DNA structure and function, genotyping and genomic analysis, mutation, epigenetics and gene regulation. Laboratory required, includes investigative projects in Drosophila genetics, gene cloning and human genotyping.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 220.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 315 - Animal Physiology

    BIOL 315 - Animal Physiology

    4.00 credit hours

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

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 230.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 360 - Molecular Biology of Cancer

    BIOL 360 - Molecular Biology of Cancer

    4.00 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 cell division and death and drug development. Reading of the primary literature and understanding current experimental methods are emphasized. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 230.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 410 - Animal Behavior

    BIOL 410 - Animal Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    Behavioral mechanisms of animals as they interact with their environment, including development of behavior, learning and motivation, communication, mating, 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 scientific ethics are discussed, including core values of science, ethical standards of conduct and peer review as well as a focus on ethics of animal research. Laboratory required: independent animal behavior project. Capstone course.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One of BIOL 310, BIOL 315 or BIOL 370.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSCE 160 - Introduction to Computer Programming

    CSCE 160 - Introduction to Computer Programming

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to computer science and programming, emphasizing the development of algorithms and problem solving skills using both procedural and object-oriented approaches. Topics include data types; I/O; arithmetic, relational and logical operators; control structures; functions; simple data structures; different computing environments such as the Linux operating system are also explored. Integrated laboratory.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHIL 250 - Philosophy of Mind

    PHIL 250 - Philosophy of Mind

    4.00 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.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Examining Health, Innovating the World.

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Foreign Language

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

One of the following

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

  • INFS 110 - Introduction to Data Analysis, Modeling and Presentation

    INFS 110 - Introduction to Data Analysis, Modeling and Presentation

    4.00 credit hours

    Use of computing tools and techniques for data modeling, analysis, visualization and presentation. Topics include introduction to spreadsheet tools for data processing, presentation and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, statistical and financial functions, formulas, graphical and modern visualization tools, macros and scripting; Introduction to modeling and simulation, scenarios and goal-seeking and what-if analysis. Applications focus will be on a practical problem such as climate data, personal wellness/fitness modeling, financial problems, etc. Integrated laboratory.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHIL 250 - Philosophy of Mind

    PHIL 250 - Philosophy of Mind

    4.00 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.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Examining Health, Innovating the World.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • Additional Writing intensive course
    • Study Abroad or May term course

Neuroscience, Molecular Track, B.S.

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

Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • NEUR 100 - Introduction to Neuroscience

    NEUR 100 - Introduction to Neuroscience

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system and human brain. Topics include brain anatomy, function of nerve cells, neural communication, neuroscience methods, sensory and motor behavior, systems, and sleep. Gateway course. Laboratory required.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Science.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    NEUR 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    4.00 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 of reproduction, psychopharmacology, fear, learning, stress, ingestion, communication, memory, and psychiatric disorders.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 100.

    iCon(s)
    Examining Health.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 250 - Statistics

    PSYC 250 - Statistics

    4.00 credit hours

    The methods, concepts and logic underlying the statistical evaluation of research data with an emphasis on "why" as well as "when" to use various statistical methods. Content includes descriptive and inferential statistics, estimation and hypothesis testing. Analyses include z and t tests, one-way and factorial ANOVA, correlation, regression and Chi square. Assignments focus on problem solving, technical writing and use of computer statistical packages (SPSS). Only one of BUSN 265 or PSYC 250 may be taken for credit.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 130 or higher.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 255 - Research Design and Experimentation

    PSYC 255 - Research Design and Experimentation

    4.00 credit hours

    Students further their understanding of the scientific research process through lectures, activities and laboratory experiences. Students are introduced to various research designs, including naturalistic observation, case studies, correlational research and experimental research. Students use their knowledge of the research process to collect, analyze and critically think about original data. This course is writing intensive and requires working with a team to complete a significant research project. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 250.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Ethical Dimensions.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 293 - Careers in Psychology and Neuroscience

    PSYC 293 - Careers in Psychology and Neuroscience

    2.00 credit hours

    An exploration of various career options in psychology, neuroscience, and related fields. By collaborating with other students, instructors, and resource people both inside and outside of the North Central community, students learn about a wide range of careers possible with a major in psychology or neuroscience, as well as how to successfully prepare for one's chosen future career.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100 or NEUR 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I

    CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I

    4.00 credit hours

    A discussion of chemical principles through examples from the chemistry of carbon compounds and the molecules found in living systems. Major topics include atomic and electronic structure, ions, molecules, Lewis structures, VSEPR, hybridization, intermolecular forces, chromatography, equilibria, kinetics, stereochemistry and polymer chemistry. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One year of high school chemistry and two years of high school algebra.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II

    CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II

    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, aqueous reactions and solubility, equilibria, acid/base chemistry, buffers, thermochemistry, redox, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 121.

    iCon(s)
    Sustaining Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

Capstone

Four credits from one of the following:

  • NEUR 497 - Internship

    NEUR 497 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Valuable professional experiences supplement classroom instruction and allow students to apply neuroscience concepts to broader social issues and systems. Students explore career options within neuroscience, and critically reflect on the experience in a structured manner. Course work includes required hours in the field, written assignments, and a substantial APA style literature review/hypothesis paper directly related to this experience. To fulfill the capstone experience, students must complete a minimum of four credit hours from a single capstone designation. Capstone.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255 and NEUR 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 498 - Senior Thesis

    NEUR 498 - Senior Thesis

    1.00-4.00 credit hours

    Students work in collaboration with faculty to produce a culminating research experience. Activities vary according to project needs and student background, but may include creation of materials or agents, recruitment of participants, animal care, data collection, data coding and entry, literature review, statistical analysis, poster or oral presentation preparation. The senior thesis culminates in a APA style research paper. Students earning credit for a capstone experience must complete a minimum of four credit hours, with the option of spreading credit hours over two semesters. To fulfill the capstone experience, students must complete a minimum of four credit hours from a single capstone designation. Capstone.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255, NEUR 200 and NEUR 295.

    Schedule Of Classes

Molecular Track Courses

  • NEUR 310 - Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

    NEUR 310 - Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

    4.00 credit hours

    Examination of the cellular and molecular underpinnings of neuronal communication in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Topics include the fundamental properties of excitable membranes, synaptic transmission, and neuronal integration. These topics are investigated utilizing classical and cutting edge molecular neuroscience techniques in this vertebrate based laboratory intensive course.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 210 and NEUR 200; Concurrent enrollment in NEUR 311.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 311 - Neuroethics in Molecular Neuroscience

    NEUR 311 - Neuroethics in Molecular Neuroscience

    1.00 credit hours

    Neuroethics studies the moral issues arising in connection with advances in neuroscience. Examination of the ethical boundaries when utilizing novel and experimental molecular techniques in both vertebrates and humans. Course material complements NEUR 310. In the NEUR 310 laboratory, students are educated and trained in the ethics of molecular neuroscience research.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 200; Concurrent enrollment in NEUR 310.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Ethical Dimensions.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 210 - Cells and Systems

    BIOL 210 - Cells and Systems

    4.00 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)

    BIOL 195; CHEM 121 or concurrent enrollment.

    Schedule Of Classes

Electives

Two of the following:

  • NEUR 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    NEUR 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the dynamic relationship between how drugs act on the brain and behavior. Topics include the properties of drug action, differentiating drug use and drug dependence, physical versus psychological dependence, as well as the legal and social implications of drug use. A range of legal and illegal drugs such as stimulants, depressants, alcohol, opiates, hallucinogens, and pharmaceutical drugs are investigated.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 100 or PSYC 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Examining Health.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    NEUR 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    4.00 credit hours

    Students investigate the neuronal underpinnings of behavior in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Material focuses on the relationship between nervous system function and the resulting behavioral output in neurological and developmental disorders. These disorders are analyzed through various lenses incorporating primary literature with classical and cutting edge neuroscience models and techniques. This course requires an intensive, vertebrate-based laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 200; Concurrent enrollment in NEUR 301.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BCHM 365 - Principles of Biochemistry

    BCHM 365 - Principles of Biochemistry

    4.00 credit hours

    Survey of the major classes of biological molecules. Protein structure and purification, enzyme kinetics and the major metabolic pathways are discussed. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 252.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 201 - Anatomy and Physiology I

    BIOL 201 - Anatomy and Physiology I

    4.00 credit hours

    Anatomy and Physiology is about how the body maintains life. Anatomy looks at the structure and organization of body parts; physiology explains their functions. Integration of structure and function allows understanding of what systems do and how. Beginning with cells and the grouping of cells into tissues and organs, groups of organs that function together form organ systems which maintain stable internal conditions. This course examines the integumentary, skeletal, muscle and digestive systems. Laboratory required; activities connect course concepts with experiential learning, using basic chemistry, tissue slides, human and cat skeletons, and cat dissection for muscle identification and function.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 104 or BIOL 108 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 202 - Anatomy and Physiology II

    BIOL 202 - Anatomy and Physiology II

    4.00 credit hours

    Anatomy and Physiology is about how the body maintains life. Anatomy looks at the structure and organization of body parts; physiology explains their functions. Integration of structure and function allows understanding of what systems do and how. This course continues the study of organ systems with nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and reproductive systems. Laboratory required; activities connect anatomical and physiological concepts with experiential learning by continuing cat dissection for the nervous, digestive, circulatory, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems. All students will experience alteration of some physiological systems and homeostatic mechanisms designed to maintain a stable internal environment.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 230 - Genes and Genomics

    BIOL 230 - Genes and Genomics

    4.00 credit hours

    Genetic analysis and applications of genetics to the understanding of cellular processes. Investigation of classical Mendelian genetics and modern molecular genetics, including mechanisms of inheritance, DNA structure and function, genotyping and genomic analysis, mutation, epigenetics and gene regulation. Laboratory required, includes investigative projects in Drosophila genetics, gene cloning and human genotyping.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 220.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 315 - Animal Physiology

    BIOL 315 - Animal Physiology

    4.00 credit hours

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

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 230.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 360 - Molecular Biology of Cancer

    BIOL 360 - Molecular Biology of Cancer

    4.00 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 cell division and death and drug development. Reading of the primary literature and understanding current experimental methods are emphasized. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 230.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 410 - Animal Behavior

    BIOL 410 - Animal Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    Behavioral mechanisms of animals as they interact with their environment, including development of behavior, learning and motivation, communication, mating, 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 scientific ethics are discussed, including core values of science, ethical standards of conduct and peer review as well as a focus on ethics of animal research. Laboratory required: independent animal behavior project. Capstone course.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One of BIOL 310, BIOL 315 or BIOL 370.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSCE 160 - Introduction to Computer Programming

    CSCE 160 - Introduction to Computer Programming

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to computer science and programming, emphasizing the development of algorithms and problem solving skills using both procedural and object-oriented approaches. Topics include data types; I/O; arithmetic, relational and logical operators; control structures; functions; simple data structures; different computing environments such as the Linux operating system are also explored. Integrated laboratory.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHIL 250 - Philosophy of Mind

    PHIL 250 - Philosophy of Mind

    4.00 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.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Examining Health, Innovating the World.

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirements for the B.S. Degree

One of the following:

  • PSYC 360 - Psychological Assessment

    PSYC 360 - Psychological Assessment

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to key concepts, methods, and ethical considerations associated with psychological assessment. A key goal is for students to understand psychometric techniques so that they can read, understand, and interpret test results. Topics include an overview of true score, item response, and generalizability theories. Special emphasis is placed on the ethical and appropriate use of tests and the intersection between testing and contemporary society. Special topics include testing in the areas of intelligence, personality, attitudes, interests, and abilities.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 250 and one additional 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MATH 151 - Calculus I

    MATH 151 - Calculus I

    4.00 credit hours

    An exploration of the fundamental concepts of single-variable calculus including limits, continuity, differentiation and integration with applications.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 140 or placement; Four years of math including algebra, geometry and trigonometry recommended.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

Eight credit hours from the following:

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

  • NEUR 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    NEUR 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the dynamic relationship between how drugs act on the brain and behavior. Topics include the properties of drug action, differentiating drug use and drug dependence, physical versus psychological dependence, as well as the legal and social implications of drug use. A range of legal and illegal drugs such as stimulants, depressants, alcohol, opiates, hallucinogens, and pharmaceutical drugs are investigated.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 100 or PSYC 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Examining Health.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    NEUR 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    4.00 credit hours

    Students investigate the neuronal underpinnings of behavior in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Material focuses on the relationship between nervous system function and the resulting behavioral output in neurological and developmental disorders. These disorders are analyzed through various lenses incorporating primary literature with classical and cutting edge neuroscience models and techniques. This course requires an intensive, vertebrate-based laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 200; Concurrent enrollment in NEUR 301.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 340 - Learning

    PSYC 340 - Learning

    4.00 credit hours

    The scientific study of how animals and humans learn from a historical perspective. Course work emphasizes theory, evidence, methodology, and application of the research to education, clinical settings, parenting, and training animals. Classical and operant conditioning are the main focus with observational learning, memory research, and biological factors included. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    PSYC 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    4.00 credit hours

    Students further their understanding of the scientific study of mental processes, including sensation, perception, attention, memory, knowledge representation, speech and language, decision-making, and problem solving. Students also explore the brain physiology underlying these processes and the cognitive consequences of brain injury and disease. Course work emphasizes the history, theory, methodology, and application of research in the field. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BCHM 365 - Principles of Biochemistry

    BCHM 365 - Principles of Biochemistry

    4.00 credit hours

    Survey of the major classes of biological molecules. Protein structure and purification, enzyme kinetics and the major metabolic pathways are discussed. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 252.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 201 - Anatomy and Physiology I

    BIOL 201 - Anatomy and Physiology I

    4.00 credit hours

    Anatomy and Physiology is about how the body maintains life. Anatomy looks at the structure and organization of body parts; physiology explains their functions. Integration of structure and function allows understanding of what systems do and how. Beginning with cells and the grouping of cells into tissues and organs, groups of organs that function together form organ systems which maintain stable internal conditions. This course examines the integumentary, skeletal, muscle and digestive systems. Laboratory required; activities connect course concepts with experiential learning, using basic chemistry, tissue slides, human and cat skeletons, and cat dissection for muscle identification and function.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 104 or BIOL 108 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 202 - Anatomy and Physiology II

    BIOL 202 - Anatomy and Physiology II

    4.00 credit hours

    Anatomy and Physiology is about how the body maintains life. Anatomy looks at the structure and organization of body parts; physiology explains their functions. Integration of structure and function allows understanding of what systems do and how. This course continues the study of organ systems with nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and reproductive systems. Laboratory required; activities connect anatomical and physiological concepts with experiential learning by continuing cat dissection for the nervous, digestive, circulatory, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems. All students will experience alteration of some physiological systems and homeostatic mechanisms designed to maintain a stable internal environment.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 230 - Genes and Genomics

    BIOL 230 - Genes and Genomics

    4.00 credit hours

    Genetic analysis and applications of genetics to the understanding of cellular processes. Investigation of classical Mendelian genetics and modern molecular genetics, including mechanisms of inheritance, DNA structure and function, genotyping and genomic analysis, mutation, epigenetics and gene regulation. Laboratory required, includes investigative projects in Drosophila genetics, gene cloning and human genotyping.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 220.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 315 - Animal Physiology

    BIOL 315 - Animal Physiology

    4.00 credit hours

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

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 230.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 360 - Molecular Biology of Cancer

    BIOL 360 - Molecular Biology of Cancer

    4.00 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 cell division and death and drug development. Reading of the primary literature and understanding current experimental methods are emphasized. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 230.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 410 - Animal Behavior

    BIOL 410 - Animal Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    Behavioral mechanisms of animals as they interact with their environment, including development of behavior, learning and motivation, communication, mating, 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 scientific ethics are discussed, including core values of science, ethical standards of conduct and peer review as well as a focus on ethics of animal research. Laboratory required: independent animal behavior project. Capstone course.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One of BIOL 310, BIOL 315 or BIOL 370.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 251 - Organic Chemistry I

    CHEM 251 - Organic Chemistry I

    4.00 credit hours

    Survey of the various classes of carbon compounds, with emphasis upon molecular structure, stereochemistry and mechanisms of Organic reactions. Techniques for isolating, purifying and characterizing organic compounds are learned in the laboratory. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Six hours in Chemistry including CHEM 121 or CHEM 122.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 252 - Organic Chemistry II

    CHEM 252 - Organic Chemistry II

    4.00 credit hours

    Continuation of CHEM 251. 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.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 251.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHYS 161 - Physics I: Mechanics and Heat

    PHYS 161 - Physics I: Mechanics and Heat

    4.00 credit hours

    Newton's Laws of motion, energy conservation, rotational motion, thermodynamics. Laboratory required, includes experimental physics and an introduction to computational modeling. Credit may be earned for only one of PHYS 131 and PHYS 161.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CSCE 160; MATH 151 or concurrent enrollment.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHYS 162 - Physics II: Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics

    PHYS 162 - Physics II: Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics

    4.00 credit hours

    Oscillations, waves, electricity, magnetism, optics. Laboratory required, includes experimental physics and computational modeling. Credit may be earned for only one of PHYS 132 and PHYS 162.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CSCE 160, MATH 151 and PHYS 161.

    Schedule Of Classes

Neuroscience Minor

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

Minor Requirements

A minimum 21 credit hours, including:

  • NEUR 100 - Introduction to Neuroscience

    NEUR 100 - Introduction to Neuroscience

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system and human brain. Topics include brain anatomy, function of nerve cells, neural communication, neuroscience methods, sensory and motor behavior, systems, and sleep. Gateway course. Laboratory required.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Science.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    NEUR 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    4.00 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 of reproduction, psychopharmacology, fear, learning, stress, ingestion, communication, memory, and psychiatric disorders.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 100.

    iCon(s)
    Examining Health.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I

    CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I

    4.00 credit hours

    A discussion of chemical principles through examples from the chemistry of carbon compounds and the molecules found in living systems. Major topics include atomic and electronic structure, ions, molecules, Lewis structures, VSEPR, hybridization, intermolecular forces, chromatography, equilibria, kinetics, stereochemistry and polymer chemistry. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One year of high school chemistry and two years of high school algebra.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following sequences:

Behavioral
  • NEUR 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    NEUR 300 - Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience

    4.00 credit hours

    Students investigate the neuronal underpinnings of behavior in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Material focuses on the relationship between nervous system function and the resulting behavioral output in neurological and developmental disorders. These disorders are analyzed through various lenses incorporating primary literature with classical and cutting edge neuroscience models and techniques. This course requires an intensive, vertebrate-based laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 200; Concurrent enrollment in NEUR 301.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 301 - Neuroethics in Behavioral Neuroscience

    NEUR 301 - Neuroethics in Behavioral Neuroscience

    1.00 credit hours

    Advances in neuroscience have brought about several ethical questions surrounding the utilization and implementation of techniques and discoveries in vertebrates and humans. Accompanying the NEUR 300 laboratory, students are educated and trained in the ethical use of vertebrates in research. An examination of the ethical boundaries when utilizing novel and experimental techniques to treat developmental and neurological disorders will supplement NEUR 300 course material.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 200; Concurrent enrollment in NEUR 300.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Ethical Dimensions.

    Schedule Of Classes

Molecular
  • NEUR 310 - Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

    NEUR 310 - Advanced Molecular Neuroscience

    4.00 credit hours

    Examination of the cellular and molecular underpinnings of neuronal communication in organisms ranging from invertebrates to humans. Topics include the fundamental properties of excitable membranes, synaptic transmission, and neuronal integration. These topics are investigated utilizing classical and cutting edge molecular neuroscience techniques in this vertebrate based laboratory intensive course.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 210 and NEUR 200; Concurrent enrollment in NEUR 311.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 311 - Neuroethics in Molecular Neuroscience

    NEUR 311 - Neuroethics in Molecular Neuroscience

    1.00 credit hours

    Neuroethics studies the moral issues arising in connection with advances in neuroscience. Examination of the ethical boundaries when utilizing novel and experimental molecular techniques in both vertebrates and humans. Course material complements NEUR 310. In the NEUR 310 laboratory, students are educated and trained in the ethics of molecular neuroscience research.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 200; Concurrent enrollment in NEUR 310.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Ethical Dimensions.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:

  • NEUR 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    NEUR 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the dynamic relationship between how drugs act on the brain and behavior. Topics include the properties of drug action, differentiating drug use and drug dependence, physical versus psychological dependence, as well as the legal and social implications of drug use. A range of legal and illegal drugs such as stimulants, depressants, alcohol, opiates, hallucinogens, and pharmaceutical drugs are investigated.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 100 or PSYC 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Examining Health.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 490 - Seminar

    NEUR 490 - Seminar

    4.00 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 neuroscience, culminating in an APA style paper. Repeatable with different content. Capstone.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255 and NEUR 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 495 - Neuroscience in the Community

    NEUR 495 - Neuroscience in the Community

    1.00-4.00 credit hours

    A community engagement project in neuroscience that serves as the culminating neuroscience curriculum experience. Students are expected to arrange the community engagement experience, design materials for the engagement experience, and analyze the effectiveness of this experience. A final APA style research paper incorporating primary literature, statistical analysis of the effectiveness of the experience, and reflection is required. To fulfill the capstone experience, students must complete a minimum of four credit hours from a single capstone designation. Capstone.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255 and NEUR 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 497 - Internship

    NEUR 497 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Valuable professional experiences supplement classroom instruction and allow students to apply neuroscience concepts to broader social issues and systems. Students explore career options within neuroscience, and critically reflect on the experience in a structured manner. Course work includes required hours in the field, written assignments, and a substantial APA style literature review/hypothesis paper directly related to this experience. To fulfill the capstone experience, students must complete a minimum of four credit hours from a single capstone designation. Capstone.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255 and NEUR 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 498 - Senior Thesis

    NEUR 498 - Senior Thesis

    1.00-4.00 credit hours

    Students work in collaboration with faculty to produce a culminating research experience. Activities vary according to project needs and student background, but may include creation of materials or agents, recruitment of participants, animal care, data collection, data coding and entry, literature review, statistical analysis, poster or oral presentation preparation. The senior thesis culminates in a APA style research paper. Students earning credit for a capstone experience must complete a minimum of four credit hours, with the option of spreading credit hours over two semesters. To fulfill the capstone experience, students must complete a minimum of four credit hours from a single capstone designation. Capstone.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255, NEUR 200 and NEUR 295.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    PSYC 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    4.00 credit hours

    Students further their understanding of the scientific study of mental processes, including sensation, perception, attention, memory, knowledge representation, speech and language, decision-making, and problem solving. Students also explore the brain physiology underlying these processes and the cognitive consequences of brain injury and disease. Course work emphasizes the history, theory, methodology, and application of research in the field. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 145 - Allied Health Microbiology

    BIOL 145 - Allied Health Microbiology

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to biology and microbiology with a human and medical focus for students preparing for allied-health professions, especially nursing. Introduces cell structure, metabolism, basic genetics, the biology of bacteria and viruses, mechanisms of disease, the human immune response, treatment of disease and major microbial diseases of various body systems. Laboratory includes techniques for working with and identifying microorganisms. Laboratory required. This course may not count toward a major or minor in biology.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 210 - Cells and Systems

    BIOL 210 - Cells and Systems

    4.00 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)

    BIOL 195; CHEM 121 or concurrent enrollment.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHIL 250 - Philosophy of Mind

    PHIL 250 - Philosophy of Mind

    4.00 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.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Examining Health, Innovating the World.

    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
  • SLEEP Annual Meeting

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in neuroscience have been accepted at:

  • University of Southern California
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Kansas State University
  • Wheaton College
  • Lake Erie College
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Graduate School and Career Options

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

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