This information is part of the Colgate University catalog.

Students in the Classes of 2020 and 2021 should refer to the previous major requirements found in the 2017-2018 University catalog.

The following requirements are effective for the Class of 2022 and later.


Major Requirements

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  in order to enter the major. Students not meeting this expectation must consult with the coordinator of the program before continuing in the major.

Core Requirements

Core Electives

One of the following
One of the following

General Electives

Three courses from the following, with at least one taken from each cluster:

Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience
Systems Neuroscience

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  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  in the fall and  in the spring.

GPA Requirement

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.


Neuroscience Program

For more information about the department, including Faculty, transfer credit, awards, etc., please visit the  catalogue page.