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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog - Belmont University

Neuroscience Major (B.S.)

Integrated Major - Departments of Psychology, Biology, and Computer Science

Lori McGrew (coordinator)

B.S. in Neuroscience

The neuroscience program is an integrated curriculum devoted to the study of the mind and brain. Students who complete this program are well prepared for entry into graduate schools in neuroscience, psychology, or cognitive studies, or entry-level careers as laboratory scientists in pharmaceuticals or basic research.

Major in Neuroscience (B.S.) Hours
General Education Core Requirements for B.S. 61-66
The following math, science and humanities requirements for the major. (Hours are applied to Gen Ed Core)    
MTH 1020 Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning (3), MTH 1080, Mathematical Inquiry (3) or CSC 1020, Introduction to Computer Science (3) 0  
PSY 1200, Introduction to Psychological Science (4) 0  
BIO 1110, Principles of Biology I (4) 0  
MTH 1130 Precalculus Mathematics (4) or MTH 1170 Calculus I for Business, Economics and the Social and Life Sciences (3) or MTH 1210 Calculus I (4) 0  
CEM 1610, General Chemistry (4) 0  
CSM 4015, Senior Capstone (1) 0
PHI 1510, Critical Thinking (3) 0
Major Requirements   38-43
NUE 1000 Seminar in Neuroscience 1 1
Psychology requirements   7
PSY 2400, Research Methods I


PSY 4350, Physiological Psychology (3) or
PSY 4400, Psychology of Perception (3) or
PSY 4500, Cognitive Psychology (3)
Biology requirements   7
BIO 2230, Human Anatomy and Physiology I or BIO 3160 General Physiology 4  
BIO 4500, Neurobiology 3  
Chemistry and Physics requirements   12
CEM 1620, General Chemistry II 4  
PHY 1110, Basic College Physics I 4  
PHY 1120, Basic College Physics II 4  
Research requirements *   7-8
MTH 1151, Elementary Statistics for the Sciences 3  
NEU 4700, Research in Neuroscience 3  
NEU 4710, Senior Seminar  1  
* In addition, students doing research in Biology should take BIO 3700, Biological Research I 1  
Major Electives -- Choose four   12-16
MTH 2250, Discrete Mathematics (3)
PSY 4350, 4400, or 4500 (if not counted above) (3)
PSY 4240, Psychology of Learning (3)
BIO 3500, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Laboratory (1)
BIO 3550, Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates (3)
BIO 3300, Animal Behavior (3)
BIO 4200, Pharmacology (3)
General Electives





Neurobiology Minor

Information regarding the Neurobiology Minor may be found on the Biology Minors page of the catalog.

Neuroscience Courses (NEU)

NEU 1000. Seminar in Neuroscience (1). The course will help to provide students with the tools and skills necessary to successfully complete the neuroscience major requirements. The neuroscience seminar course will introduce students to BU resources including library resources, learning commons, career planning tools, and faculty. This course will also help students develop a four-year plan for completing required courses, consider undergraduate research options and explore career paths.

NEU 1990. Special Topics in Neuroscience (1-3). Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Special topics in neuroscience.

NEU 2990. Special Topics in Neuroscience (1-3). Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Special topics in neuroscience.

NEU 3990. Special Topics in Neuroscience (1-3). Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Special topics in neuroscience.

NEU 4700. Research in Neuroscience (3). Prerequisite: PSY 2400 and BIO 3700. Completion of an independent laboratory or field research project under the supervision of an ICoRD faculty member. ($50.00 course fee).
Gen. Ed. Designation: EL (R – Undergraduate Research).

NEU 4710. Senior Seminar (1). Prerequisite: NEU 4700.The student will write and present a research paper based on research done in NEU 4700 at the Belmont Undergraduate Research Symposium.