Neurobiology

 

Neurobiology is one of the most exciting fields within biology today. The basis of neurological disease, molecular mechanisms of brain function and behavior are major foci of research in medicine, biotech companies, and academic environments. These fields are of great potential for standard research approaches, as well as in pharmaceutical and biotechnological applications to address problems of brain disease and brain function. 

Note: The requirements for the Neurobiology concentration were updated in Fall 2015. Class of 2016 and 2017 can follow the original requirements. Class of 2018 requirements:

Introductory Biology (1.5 - 3 CU):

  • Track 1: BIOL 121 with 123 (1.5 cu) 
  • Track 2: BIOL 101 and 102 (3.0 cu) 
Chemistry (3 CU):
  • CHEM 101 or 115 with 53 (1.5 CUs)
  • CHEM 102 or 116 with 54 (1.5 CUs)
  • CHEM 241 (1 CU)
  • CHEM 242 (1 CU)
  • CHEM 245 (1 CU)

Physics (1.5 CU):

  • PHYS 102 or 151 (1.5 CUs)
Calculus and Statistics (2 CU):
  • MATH 104 (1 CU)
  • MATH 114 or 115 (1 CU)
  • BIOL 446 or STAT 111 or STAT 102 (1 CU)
  • BIOL 437 or CIS 110 (1 CU) 
Molecular Genetics (1 CU):
  • BIOL221 (1 CU)
Neurobiology (2.5 CUs):
  • BIOL 109 (1 CU)
  • BIOL 251 (1.5 CU) This course is essential and must be completed before the end of junior year
Advanced Neurobiology (1 CU)

select one course from the following list

  • BIOL 436 (1 CU)
  • BIOL 442 (1 CU)
  • BIOL 451 (1 CU)
  • BIOL 466 (1 CU) 
  • BIOL 488 (1 CU)
Three Electives (3 CU):

At least one of the three electives must be principally a neurobiology course (indicated by bold type)
Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology (2 CU) 

  • BIOL 204 (1 CU)
  • BIOL 205 (1 CU)
  • BIOL 354 (1 CU)
  • BIOL 421 (1 CU)
  • BIOL 425 (1 CU)
  • BIOL 436 (1 CU) Only if not taken to fulfill the advanced neurobiology requirement
  • BIOL 466 (1 CU) Only if not taken to fulfill the advanced neurobiology requirement
  • BIOL 488 (1 CU) Only if not taken to fulfill the advanced neurobiology requirement
  • BIBB 269 (1 CU)
  • BIBB 270 (1 CU)
  • BIBB 350 (1 CU)
  • BIBB 480 (1 CU)
  • BIBB 482 (1 CU)
  • BIBB 492 (1 CU)
  • PHYS 280 (1 CU)
  • BIOL 540 (1 CU) 
  • NGG  572 (1 CU) Permission of concentration advisor required before enrolling
  • NGG  597 (1 CU) Permission of concentration advisor required before enrolling

Systems and Integrative Biology (1 CU)

  • BIOL 215 (1 CU)
  • BIOL 231 (1 CU)*
  • BIOL 432 (1 CU)*
  • BIOL 442 (1 CU) Only if not taken to fulfill the advanced neurobiology requirement
  • BIOL 451 (1 CU) Only if not taken to fulfill the advanced neurobiology requirement
  • BIBB 227 (1 CU)
  • BIBB 249 (1 CU)
  • BIBB 421 (1 CU)
  • BIBB 460 (1 CU)
  • PSYC 451(1 CU)
  • PHYS 585 (1 CU) Permission of concentration advisor required before enrolling
  • NGG  573 (1 CU) Permission of concentration advisor required before enrolling
  • NGG  592 (1 CU) Permission of concentration advisor required before enrolling
  • NGG  593 (1 CU) Permission of concentration advisor required before enrolling
*Not currently offered.
Research Experience (2 CU):

2 CU of indepependant study (BIOL399 and 499) are required for the concentration.  Students are required to present their research at the annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research in Biology (SURB) poster session, held at the end of the Spring Term.

How to Apply for the concentration:

Advisors for this concentration include Dr. AbelDr. Bonini, Dr. Ren, and Dr. M. Schmidt.  After submitting an information form for the major and a worksheet for the concentraton to the Academic Office, a student intending to take the concentration in Neurobiology must meet with their assigned advisor to approve his/her choice of courses from this list.