This information is part of the Colgate University catalog, 2020–21.
The following requirements are effective for the Class of 2022 and later.
Students in the Classes of 2020 and 2021 should refer to the previous major requirements found in the 2017-2018 University catalog.
The Neuroscience curriculum is organized into three sets of courses, namely a common core set of courses and two sets of elective courses.
Entrance into Major
Students should achieve a C- in NEUR 170 in order to enter the major. Students not meeting this expectation must consult with the coordinator of the program before continuing in the major.
- NEUR 170 - Introduction to Neuroscience completed with a grade of C- or better by the end of the first year
- CHEM 101 - General Chemistry I should be completed in the fall of the first year
- CHEM 102 - General Chemistry II should be completed in the spring of the first year
- BIOL 182 - Molecules, Cells, and Genes should be completed before the end of the second year
- PSYC 309 - Quantitative Methods in Behavioral Research or BIOL 320 - Biostatistics
- NEUR 498 - Senior Thesis
One of the following
- NEUR 201 - Topics in Neuroscience: Strategies & Discoveries in Systems Neuroscience
- NEUR 202 - Topics in Neuroscience: Strategies & Discoveries in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
One of the following
- Any 300-level biology course (excluding courses based in Ecology and those listed as neuroscience core or general electives)
- CHEM 263 - Organic Chemistry I
- COSC 101 - Introduction for Computing I
- MATH 214 - Linear Algebra
- MATH 315 - Mathematical Biology
- PHIL 225 - Logic I
- PHYS 112 - Fundamental Physics II
- Any 300-level psychological science course (excluding PSYC 309 or those crosslisted as NEUR)
Three courses from the following, with at least one taken from each cluster:
Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience
- NEUR 376/PSYC 376 - Functional Neuroanatomy and Neural Development
- NEUR 379/PSYC 379 - Fundamentals of Neurochemistry/Neuropharmacology and NEUR 379L/PSYC 379L
- NEUR 381/PSYC 381 - Behavioral Genetics
- BIOL 384/NEUR 384/PSYC 384 - Fundamentals of Neurophysiology
- BIOL 385/NEUR 385/PSYC 385 - Neuroethology and BIOL 385L/NEUR 385L/PSYC 385L
- BIOL 389/NEUR 389 - Molecular Neurobiology
- NEUR 353/PSYC 353 - Visual Perception and Cognition
- NEUR 355/PSYC 355 - Language and Thought
- NEUR 373/PSYC 373 - Brain, Physiology, and Behavior
- NEUR 374 - Computational Neuroscience
- NEUR 375/PSYC 375 - Cognitive Neuroscience
- NEUR 377/PSYC 377 - Psychopharmacology
NEUR 498 - Senior Thesis (one semester) must be taken in the fall or spring of the senior year. During the spring semester of the junior year, students will be asked to identify several areas of interest for their senior-year research experience. Students are then assigned to faculty research supervisors and assigned to the fall or spring semester sections based upon students' interests and the availability of resources.
Students planning honors research are required to enroll in NEUR 498 in the fall of the senior year, followed by NEUR 499 in the spring of the senior year. On occasion, students who are not pursuing honors or high honors may complete two semesters of senior research by taking NEUR 498 in the fall and NEUR 491 in the spring.
An overall GPA of at least 2.00 is required in all courses counting toward the neuroscience major. A passing grade must be received for a course to satisfy a major requirement.
Honors and High Honors
Students interested in pursuing honors can find the additional requirements on the Neuroscience program page.
For more information about the department, including Faculty, transfer credit, awards, etc., please visit the Neuroscience program catalogue page.