This information is part of the Colgate University catalog, 2020–21.
Professors Kelly, Hansen, S. Kraly, Tierney (Coordinator)
Neuroscience is the scientific study of the anatomy and physiology of neurons and neural circuits. The Neuroscience program at Colgate is one of the first two established at undergraduate institutions in the U.S., and has a particularly strong focus on brain-behavior relationships. Its interdisciplinary faculty are drawn from the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences and the Department of Biology. Additionally, majors take courses in the fields of chemistry, computer science, math, philosophy, and physics. In addition to a broad education, the program offers students the opportunity to focus their research interests on a variety of levels of nervous system functioning, ranging from the activity of single neurons to the behavior of complex organisms.
The William E. and Nellie K. Edmonston Neuroscience Award — awarded annually to the senior neuroscience major(s) who, in the course of pursuing the major, demonstrate(s) academic excellence, a noteworthy dedication to the field of neuroscience, and an outstanding quality of intellectual curiosity.
Transfer of major credit from other institutions for students already matriculated at Colgate requires prior written permission from the registrar and the coordinator of the neuroscience program. No more than one transfer course or Colgate study group course can count toward your major in neuroscience.
Majors may spend a semester at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, to carry out biomedical research and take courses. In addition, Colgate sponsors a study-abroad program in the natural sciences and mathematics at Cardiff University in Wales, and at the University of Wollongong near Sydney, Australia. See Off-Campus Study for more details.
Contact neuroscience for more information regarding transfer credit within the program.
The requirements for achieving honors and high honors in neuroscience are as follows:
- Overall GPA of 3.30 or better
- Major GPA of 3.50 or better, calculated across all courses counting toward the major
- A two-semester independent research project of high quality(NEUR 498 and NEUR 499)
- Satisfactory oral examination performance on the subject matter of the senior thesis and related fields
- Overall GPA of 3.50 or better
- Major GPA of 3.70 or better, calculated across all courses counting toward the major
- A two-semester independent research project of very high quality (NEUR 498 and NEUR 499)
- An oral examination performance that demonstrates mastery of the senior thesis and related fields
Majors may spend a semester at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, to carry out biomedical research and take courses. In addition, Colgate sponsors a study-abroad program in the natural sciences and mathematics at Cardiff University in Wales, and at the University of Wollongong near Sydney, Australia. See Off-Campus Study.
- Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
- Psychological Science Major
- Psychological Science Minor
Majors and Minors
- NEUR 170 - Introduction to Neuroscience
- NEUR 201 - Topics in Neuroscience: Strategies & Discoveries in Systems Neuroscience
- NEUR 202 - Topics in Neuroscience: Strategies & Discoveries in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
- NEUR 291 - Independent Study
- NEUR 353 - Visual Perception and Cognition
- NEUR 355 - Language and Thought
- NEUR 373 - Brain, Physiology, and Behavior
- NEUR 374 - Computational Neuroscience
- NEUR 375 - Cognitive Neuroscience
- NEUR 376 - Functional Neuroanatomy and Neural Development
- NEUR 377 - Psychopharmacology
- NEUR 378 - Topics in Neuroscience
- NEUR 379L - Fundamentals of Neurochemistry/Neuropharmacology Lab
- NEUR 379 - Fundamentals of Neurochemistry/Neuropharmacology
- NEUR 381 - Behavioral Genetics
- NEUR 384 - Fundamentals of Neurophysiology
- NEUR 385L - Neuroethology Lab
- NEUR 385 - Neuroethology
- NEUR 389 - Molecular Neurobiology
- NEUR 391 - Independent Study
- NEUR 491 - Independent Study
- NEUR 498 - Senior Thesis
- NEUR 499 - Senior Thesis