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Neuroscience is an Interdepartmental Program administered jointly by the Department of Psychology and the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB).

Neuroscience (B.S.)

May be elected as an interdepartmental major, supervised by the Undergraduate Neuroscience Steering Committee

Effective Winter 2014

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Neuroscience may not elect the following majors: Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences; Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience; Biology, General Biology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; or Biochemistry. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

Student double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience may share a maximum of 3 courses toward their two programs.

 

The overall goals of this major are to:

  1.  provide a course of study in the discipline of Neuroscience that integrates cell/molecular and behavioral components of the field; and 
  2. provide a course of study that better prepares students for graduate training in the field of Neuroscience than do the current majors in Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMB), Biology, or Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN). 

An understanding of how the nervous system functions spans both molecular and cellular activity that is best taught by cell and molecular neurobiologists, and behavior that is best taught by psychologists. The well-trained student will receive instruction that allows her or him to understand the usefulness of genetics, cellular biology, and behavioral tests in this complex field. This degree will provide the cross-disciplinary training that will provide a head-start into postgraduate studies in Neuroscience.

Prerequisites to the Major

  • BIOLOGY 171 and 172/174 and 173; or BIOLOGY 195 and 173; or BIOLOGY 162 or 163; and
  • CHEM 210/211 and 215/216
  • Quantitative Prerequisites – Two courses from the following:
    • Calculus I (MATH 115, 120, 185, or equivalent)
    • Calculus II (MATH 116, 121, 156, 176, 186, or equivalent)
    • Physics I (PHYSICS 125, 135, 140, 160, or equivalent)
    • Physics II (PHYSICS 126, 235, 240, 260, or equivalent)
    • Any STATS course that has STATS 250 as a prerequisite
    • [With the permission of an advisor, other courses that help students develop quantitative skills can be substituted.]

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 37 credits are required.

  1. Core:

    1.   Neurobiology: BIOLOGY 225 [This course should be taken as early as possible but no later than the end of the first term of the student’s fourth year]
    2.   Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
    3.   Biochemistry: one of MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351
    4.   Biopsychology: PSYCH 230
    5. Statistics: STATS 250
  2.  Electives (5 courses, minimum 16 credits). 

    1. Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience. At least two courses from the following (at least one course must be at the 300-level):
      • MCDB 351, 352, 401 (appropriate sections), 402, 403, 418, 422, 426, 450, 455, 456
    2. Behavioral Neuroscience. At least two courses from the following:
      • PSYCH 240, 245, 345, 402 (appropriate sections, 3-4 credits only), 431, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 531, 532, 533
      • ANATOMY 541
      • NEUROSCI 520.
      • PHYSIOL 541
    3. Optional Courses. Elect no more than one course from the following:
      • BIOLOGY 205;
      • MCDB 397, 401 (appropriate sections), 405, 408, 411, 417, 427, 428, 435, 436, 441, 462, 469;
      • EEB 492;
      • PSYCH 346, 420 (3 credits only), 430, 447, 448, 531, 541;
      • Any STATS course that has STATS 250 as a prerequisite and is not used as a QR prerequisite

            [Note: With the permission of an advisor, other upper-level courses that are highly relevant to neuroscience can be substituted.]

  3. Lab requirement. At least two different courses for a minimum of four credits total from the following categories, with at least one course being a Methods-Based laboratory:
    D1. Method-Based Laboratory courses: Choose at least one course from:
    • BIOLOGY 226
    • MCDB 306, 308, 419, 423, 429.
  4. D2. Research-Based Laboratory Courses: 
    • MCDB 300, 400
    • PSYCH 326, 331, 332, 422, 424/426, 428.


Note: Each course must be taken for a minimum of two credits each and be completed in a single academic term. Only three credits of independent study may count toward the major.

Students who take 6 credits of upper-level psychology lab courses related to neuroscience (Area D1 and D2) can receive a waiver for BIOLOGY 173

 

 

Honors Plan

Effective Winter 2014

The Neuroscience B.S. degree is the basis for the Honors degree in Neuroscience. Students must elect two terms of independent research (under PSYCH 424 & 426, MCDB 300, or MCDB 400), maintain an overall and GPA in the major of 3.4, complete an Honors thesis and give a research presentation based on their Honors work.

Prior to applying to the Neuroscience Honors Program students must identify a research mentor from the approved Neuroscience Honors Thesis Sponsor/Co-Sponsor Faculty list. Students may conduct Honors research with faculty in other units on the University of Michigan campus who are not on this list, but must have a formal co-sponsor relationship with a faculty member who is on the approved list.

Students apply to the Honors Program in Neuroscience by submitting a Neuroscience Honors Application with a research proposal. Neuroscience Honors applications are due by no later than the end of the add/drop period one semester prior to graduation (i.e., approximately September 25 for students graduating at the end of Winter term, and approximately January 25 for students graduating at the end of the Fall term or Summer term). When special circumstances apply, the honors committee may accept an application beyond the normal due date. Upon approval by the chair of the Neuroscience Steering Committee students are declared into the Honors plan. Honors theses must be submitted by December 1, April 1, or August 1 of the term of graduation.

Written evaluations of the Honors thesis must be submitted by the mentor and up to two faculty readers. Honors theses must be submitted no later than one calendar month prior to the date of graduation.

 

Neuroscience Major (Fall 2013) +

Neuroscience is an Interdepartmental Program administered jointly by the Department of Psychology and the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB).

Neuroscience (B.S.)

May be elected as an interdepartmental major, supervised by the Undergraduate Neuroscience Steering Committee

Effective Fall 2013

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Neuroscience may not elect the following majors: Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences; Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience; Biology, General Biology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; or Biochemistry. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

Student double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience may share a maximum of 3 courses toward their two programs.


The overall goals of this major are to:

  1.  provide a course of study in the discipline of Neuroscience that integrates cell/molecular and behavioral components of the field; and 
  2. provide a course of study that better prepares students for graduate training in the field of Neuroscience than do the current majors in Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMB), Biology, or Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN). 

An understanding of how the nervous system functions spans both molecular and cellular activity that is best taught by cell and molecular neurobiologists, and behavior that is best taught by psychologists. The well-trained student will receive instruction that allows her or him to understand the usefulness of genetics, cellular biology, and behavioral tests in this complex field. This degree will provide the cross-disciplinary training that will provide a head-start into postgraduate studies in Neuroscience.

Prerequisites to the Major

  • BIOLOGY 171 and 172/174; or BIOLOGY 195; or BIOLOGY 162 or 163; and
  • CHEM 210/211 and 215/216.

It is recommended that students interested in pursuing advanced training in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience elect MATH 115 and 116, CHEM 230, PHYSICS 125/126 & 127/128 or 140/141 & 240/241, or 135/141 and 235/241. Those interested in advanced training in Behavioral Neuroscience should take at least one Statistics course.

Students intending to go to graduate school should have at least two terms of research experience. These can appear as graded courses, UROP participation, or be independent of the graded curriculum. Most graduate school-bound students will have 1-2 graded research courses (2-4 credits/each) on record. Students intending to go to graduate school in Neuroscience within a CMB-type program will need research experience as well as two terms of Calculus and two terms of Physics. Students intending to go to medical school will need to take two terms of Physics and CHEM 230.

Program of study in a major

A minimum of 36 credits are required.

  1. Core:
    1.  Neurobiology: BIOLOGY 225 [This course should be taken as early as possible but no later than the end of the first term of the student's fourth year]
    2.  Genetics:BIOLOGY 305
    3.  Biochemistry:  one of MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351
    4.  Biopsychology:  PSYCH 230.
  2. Electives (6 courses, minimum 18 credits).
    1. Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience. At least two courses from the following:
      • MCDB 351, 352, 401 (appropriate sections), 402, 403, 418, 422, 426, 450, 455, 456
    2. Behavioral Neuroscience. At least two courses from the following:
      • PSYCH 240, 245, 345, 402 (appropriate sections*), 431, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 531, 532, 533;
      • ANATOMY 541
      • NEUROSCI 520
      • PHYSIOL 541.
    3. Additional Courses. Up to two courses from the following:
      • BIOLOGY 205,
      • MCDB 397,  401 (appropriate sections*), 405, 408, 411, 417, 427, 428, 435, 436, 441, 462, 469;
      • EEB 492;
      • PSYCH 346, 420, 430, 447, 531, 541;
      • STATS 250 or 400; or 401.

Additional elective courses may be approved as cognates by the department advisory panel.

*Appropriate sections have been communicated to the Registrar's Office for degree audit purposes.

  1. Lab requirement. At least two different courses for a minimum of five credits total from the following categories, with at least one course being a Methods-Based laboratory:
    1. Method-Based Laboratory courses:  Choose at least one course from:
      • PSYCH 231/UC 261;
      • BIOLOGY 226;
      • MCDB 306, 308, 419, 423, 429.
    2. Research-Based Laboratory Courses: 
      • MCDB 300, 400;
      • PSYCH 326, 331, 332, 422, 424/426.
    • Note:  Each course must be taken for a minimum of two credits each and be completed in a single academic term. Only three credits of independent study may count toward the major program.
  2. Quantitative Requirement Cognate. Two courses are required. (While 100-level courses may be used to satisfy this requirement, the credits for 100-level courses may not be used toward the minimum number of credits required for the major.)
    • STATS 250 (or 350) or 400 (only allowed if not used in Group C)
    • STATS 401 or 405 (only allowed if not used in Group C)
    • PSYCH 448
    • MATH 115 or 185
    • MATH 116 or 186
    • PHYSICS 125 or 135 or 140 or 160
    • PHYSICS 126 or 235 or 240 or 260.

Honors Plan

The Neuroscience B.S. degree is the basis for the Honors degree in Neuroscience. Students must elect two terms of independent research (under PSYCH 424 & 426, MCDB 300, or MCDB 400), maintain an overall and GPA in the major of 3.4, complete an Honors thesis and give a research presentation based on their Honors work.

Prior to applying to the Neuroscience Honors Program students must identify a research mentor from the approved Neuroscience Honors Thesis Sponsor/Co-Sponsor Faculty list. Students may conduct Honors research with faculty in other units on the University of Michigan campus who are not on this list, but must have a formal co-sponsor relationship with a faculty member who is on the approved list.

Students apply to the Honors Program in Neuroscience by submitting a Neuroscience Honors Application with a research proposal. Honors applications are due by November 1, March 1, or July 1 for graduation in fall, winter or summer term, respectively. Students are encouraged to apply early, preferably by the end of the second week of the term that the Honors thesis will be submitted. Upon approval by the chair of the Neuroscience Steering Committee students are declared into the Honors plan. Honors theses must be submitted by December 1, April 1, or August 1 of the term of graduation.

Written evaluations of the Honors thesis must be submitted by the mentor and up to two faculty readers. Honors theses must be submitted no later than one calendar month prior to the date of graduation.

Neuroscience Major (Fall 2012-Summer 2013) +

Neuroscience is an Interdepartmental Program administered jointly by the Department of Psychology and the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB).

Neuroscience (B.S.)

May be elected as an interdepartmental major, supervised by the Undergraduate Neuroscience Steering Committee

Effective Fall 2012-Summer 2013

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Neuroscience may not elect the following majors: Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences; Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience; Biology, General Biology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; or Biochemistry. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

The overall goals of this major are to:

  1.  provide a course of study in the discipline of Neuroscience that integrates cell/molecular and behavioral components of the field; and 
  2. provide a course of study that better prepares students for graduate training in the field of Neuroscience than do the current majors in Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMB), Biology, or Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN). 

An understanding of how the nervous system functions spans both molecular and cellular activity that is best taught by cell and molecular neurobiologists, and behavior that is best taught by psychologists. The well-trained student will receive instruction that allows her or him to understand the usefulness of genetics, cellular biology, and behavioral tests in this complex field. This degree will provide the cross-disciplinary training that will provide a head-start into postgraduate studies in Neuroscience.

Prerequisites to the Major

  • BIOLOGY 171 and 172/174; or BIOLOGY 195; or BIOLOGY 162 or 163; and
  • CHEM 210/211 and 215/216.

It is recommended that students interested in pursuing advanced training in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience elect MATH 115 and 116, CHEM 230, PHYSICS 125/126 & 127/128 or 140/141 & 240/241, or 135/141 and 235/241. Those interested in advanced training in Behavioral Neuroscience should take at least one Statistics course.

Students intending to go to graduate school should have at least two terms of research experience. These can appear as graded courses, UROP participation, or be independent of the graded curriculum. Most graduate school-bound students will have 1-2 graded research courses (2-4 credits/each) on record. Students intending to go to graduate school in Neuroscience within a CMB-type program will need research experience as well as two terms of Calculus and two terms of Physics. Students intending to go to medical school will need to take two terms of Physics and CHEM 230.

Program of study in a major

A minimum of 36 credits are required.

  1. Core:
    1.  Neurobiology: BIOLOGY 225 [This course should be taken as early as possible but no later than the end of the first term of the student's fourth year]
    2.  Genetics:BIOLOGY 305
    3.  Biochemistry:  one of MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351
    4.  Biopsychology:  PSYCH 230.
  2. Electives (6 courses, minimum 18 credits).
    1. Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience. At least two courses from the following:
      • MCDB 351, 352, 401 (appropriate sections), 402, 403, 418, 422, 426, 450, 455, 456
    2. Behavioral Neuroscience. At least two courses from the following:
      • PSYCH 240, 245, 345, 346, 347, 402, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 500, 531, 532, 533;
      • NEUROSCI 520.
    3. Additional Courses. Up to two courses from the following:
      • BIOLOGY 205,
      • MCDB  401 (appropriate sections), 405, 411, 427, 428, 435, 436, 469;
      • EEB 492;
      • PSYCH 420, 430, 447;
      • STATS 250 (or 350) or 400; 401 or 405.
    4. Additional elective courses may be approved as cognates by the department advisory panel.
  3. Lab requirement. At least two different courses for a minimum of five credits total from the following categories, with at least one course being a Methods-Based laboratory:
    1. Method-Based Laboratory courses:  Choose at least one course from:
      • PSYCH 231/UC 261;
      • BIOLOGY 226;
      • MCDB 306, 308, 419, 423, 429.
    2. Research-Based Laboratory Courses: 
      • MCDB 300, 400;
      • PSYCH 326, 331, 332, 422, 424/426.
    • Note:  Each course must be taken for a minimum of two credits each and be completed in a single academic term. Only three credits of independent study may count toward the major program.
  4. Quantitative Requirement Cognate. Two courses are required. (While 100-level courses may be used to satisfy this requirement, the credits for 100-level courses may not be used toward the minimum number of credits required for the major.)
    • STATS 250 (or 350) or 400 (only allowed if not used in Group C)
    • STATS 401 or 405 (only allowed if not used in Group C)
    • PSYCH 448
    • MATH 115 or 185
    • MATH 116 or 186
    • PHYSICS 125 or 135 or 140 or 160
    • PHYSICS 126 or 235 or 240 or 260.

Advising

Students choosing Neuroscience as a field of the major develop an approved plan for the major with a department advisor who must approve the original plan for the major and any exceptions to the stated requirements for the major. Students should also consult a department advisor when planning the final term's elections to ensure that all requirements for the major have been met and to secure an advisor's approval on a Major Release form.

To make an advising appointment, go to

the Program in Biology website at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/biology/

or

the Psychology Department website at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/psych/flash.asp .

Honors Plan

The Neuroscience B.S. degree is the basis for the Honors degree in Neuroscience. Students must elect two terms of independent research (under PSYCH 424 & 426, MCDB 300, or MCDB 400), maintain an overall and major GPA of 3.4, complete an Honors thesis and give a research presentation based on their Honors work. 

Prior to applying to the Neuroscience Honors Program students must identify a research mentor in the Department of Psychology or MCDB. Students may conduct Honors research with faculty in other units on the University of Michigan campus, but must have a formal co-sponsor relationship with a research track or tenure-track faculty in Psychology or MCDB. 

Students apply to the Honors Program in Neuroscience by submitting a Neuroscience Honors Application with a research proposal to either Psychology or MCDB, depending on the affiliation of the mentor/sponsor or co-mentor/co-sponsor. Students must submit the Honors Application no later than the first two weeks of the term in which they intend to turn in their thesis. 

Written evaluations of the Honors thesis must be submitted by the mentor and up to two faculty readers. Honors theses must be submitted no later than one calendar month prior to the date of graduation.

Neuroscience major (Winter 2012-Summer 2012) +

Neuroscience (B.S.)

May be elected as an interdepartmental concentration program, supervised by the Undergraduate Neuroscience Steering Committee

Effective Winter 2012-Summer 2012 

Exclusions: Students who elect a concentration in Neuroscience may not elect the following concentrations: Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences; Biology, General Biology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; or Biochemistry. They may also not elect an academic minor in Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

The overall goals of this concentration are to:

  1.  provide a course of study in the discipline of Neuroscience that integrates cell/molecular and behavioral components of the field; and 
  2. provide a course of study that better prepares students for graduate training in the field of Neuroscience than do the current concentrations in Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMB), Biology, or Brain, Behavior, & Cognitive Science (BBCS). 

An understanding of how the nervous system functions spans both molecular and cellular activity that is best taught by cell and molecular neurobiologists, and behavior that is best taught by psychologists. The well-trained student will receive instruction that allows her or him to understand the usefulness of genetics, cellular biology, and behavioral tests in this complex field. This degree will provide the cross-disciplinary training that will provide a head-start into postgraduate studies in Neuroscience.

Prerequisites to Concentration.

  • BIOLOGY 171 and 172/174; or BIOLOGY 195; or BIOLOGY 162 or 163; and
  • CHEM 210/211 and 215/216.

It is recommended that students interested in pursuing advanced training in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience elect MATH 115 and 116, CHEM 230, PHYSICS 125/126 & 127/128 or 140/141 & 240/241, or 135/141 and 235/241. Those interested in advanced training in Behavioral Neuroscience should take at least one Statistics course.

Students intending to go to graduate school should have at least two terms of research experience. These can appear as graded courses, UROP participation, or be independent of the graded curriculum. Most graduate school-bound students will have 1-2 graded research courses (2-4 credits/each) on record. Students intending to go to graduate school in Neuroscience within a CMB-type program will need research experience as well as two terms of Calculus and two terms of Physics. Students intending to go to medical school will need to take two terms of Physics and CHEM 230.

Concentration Program.

A minimum of 36 credits are required.

  1. Core:
    1.  Neurobiology: BIOLOGY 222 [This course should be taken as early as possible but no later than the end of the first term of the student's fourth year]
    2.  Genetics:BIOLOGY 305
    3.  Biochemistry:  one of MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351
    4.  Biopsychology:  PSYCH 230.
  2. Electives (6 courses, minimum 18 credits).
    1. Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience. At least two courses from the following:
      • BIOLOGY 225
      • MCDB 401 (appropriate sections), 402, 403, 418, 422, 426, 450, 455, 456
    2. Behavioral Neuroscience. At least two courses from the following:
      • PSYCH 240, 245, 345, 346, 347, 402, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 500, 531, 532, 533;
      • NEUROSCI 520.
    3. Additional Courses. Up to two courses from the following:
      • BIOLOGY 205,
      • MCDB 405, 411, 427, 428, 435, 436, 469;
      • EEB 492;
      • PSYCH 420; 447;
      • STATS 250 (or 350) or 400; 401 or 405.
    4. Additional advanced courses may be approved as cognates by the concentration advisory panel.
  3. Lab requirement. At least two different courses for a minimum of five credits total from the following categories, with at least one course being a Methods-Based laboratory:
    1. Method-Based Laboratory courses:  Choose at least one course from:
      • PSYCH 231/UC 261;
      • BIOLOGY 226;
      • MCDB 306, 308, 419, 423, 429.
    2. Research-Based Laboratory Courses: 
      • MCDB 300, 400;
      • PSYCH 326, 331, 332, 422, 424/426.
    • Note:  Each course must be taken for a minimum of two credits each and be completed in a single academic term. Only three credits of independent study may count toward the concentration program.
  4. Quantitative Requirement Cognate. Two courses are required. (While 100-level courses may be used to satisfy this requirement, the credits for 100-level courses may not be used toward the minimum number of credits required for the concentration.)
    • STATS 250 (or 350) or 400 (only allowed if not used in Group C)
    • STATS 401 or 405 (only allowed if not used in Group C)
    • PSYCH 448
    • MATH 115 or 185
    • MATH 116 or 186
    • PHYSICS 125 or 135 or 140 or 160
    • PHYSICS 126 or 235 or 240 or 260.

Advising. 

Students choosing Neuroscience as a field of concentration develop an approved concentration plan with a concentration advisor who must approve the original concentration plan and any exceptions to the stated concentration requirements. Students should also consult a concentration advisor when planning the final term's elections to ensure that all concentration requirements have been met and to secure an advisor's approval on a Concentration Release form.

To make an advising appointment, go to

the Program in Biology website at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/biology/

or

the Psychology Department website at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/psych/flash.asp .

Honors Concentration. 

The Neuroscience B.S. degree is the basis for the Honors degree in Neuroscience. Students must elect two terms of independent research (under PSYCH 424 & 426, MCDB 300, or MCDB 400), maintain a GPA of 3.4 overall, complete an Honors thesis and give a research presentation based on their Honors work. Prior to applying to the Neuroscience Honors Program students must identify a research mentor in the Department of Psychology or MCDB. Students may conduct Honors research with faculty in other units on the University of Michigan campus, but must have a formal co-sponsor relationship with a research track or tenure-track faculty in Psychology or MCDB. Students apply to the Honors Program in Neuroscience by submitting a Neuroscience Honors Application with a research proposal to either Psychology or MCDB, depending on the affiliation of the mentor/sponsor or co-mentor/co-sponsor. Students with a Psychology mentor/co-mentor should also submit a letter from the research mentor indicating their willingness to sponsor the student's research. Students must submit the Honors Application no later than the first two weeks of the term in which they intend to turn in their thesis. Written evaluations of the Honors thesis must be submitted by the mentor and two faculty readers. Honors theses must be submitted no later than one calendar month prior to the date of graduation.

Neuroscience major (Fall 2011) +

Neuroscience (B.S.)

May be elected as an interdepartmental concentration program, supervised by the Undergraduate Neuroscience Steering Committee

Effective Fall 2011

Exclusions: Students who elect a concentration in Neuroscience may not elect the following concentrations: Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences; Biology, General Biology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; or Biochemistry. They may also not elect an academic minor in Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

The overall goals of this concentration are to:

  1.  provide a course of study in the discipline of Neuroscience that integrates cell/molecular and behavioral components of the field; and 
  2. provide a course of study that better prepares students for graduate training in the field of Neuroscience than do the current concentrations in Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMB), Biology, or Brain, Behavior, & Cognitive Science (BBCS). 

An understanding of how the nervous system functions spans both molecular and cellular activity that is best taught by cell and molecular neurobiologists, and behavior that is best taught by psychologists. The well-trained student will receive instruction that allows her or him to understand the usefulness of genetics, cellular biology, and behavioral tests in this complex field. This degree will provide the cross-disciplinary training that will provide a head-start into postgraduate studies in Neuroscience.

Prerequisites to Concentration.

  • BIOLOGY 171 and 172/174; or BIOLOGY 195; or BIOLOGY 162 or 163; and
  • CHEM 210/211 and 215/216.

It is recommended that students interested in pursuing advanced training in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience elect MATH 115 and 116, CHEM 230, PHYSICS 125/126 & 127/128 or 140/141 & 240/241, or 135/141 and 235/241. Those interested in advanced training in Behavioral Neuroscience should take at least one Statistics course.

Students intending to go to graduate school should have at least two terms of research experience. These can appear as graded courses, UROP participation, or be independent of the graded curriculum. Most graduate school-bound students will have 1-2 graded research courses (2-4 credits/each) on record. Students intending to go to graduate school in Neuroscience within a CMB-type program will need research experience as well as two terms of Calculus and two terms of Physics. Students intending to go to medical school will need to take two terms of Physics and CHEM 230.

Concentration Program.

A minimum of 36 credits are required.

  1. Core:
    1.  Neurobiology: BIOLOGY 222 [This course should be taken as early as possible but no later than the end of the first term of the student's fourth year]
    2.  Genetics:BIOLOGY 305
    3.  Biochemistry:  one of MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351
    4.  Biopsychology:  PSYCH 230.
  2. Electives (6 courses, minimum 18 credits).
    1. Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience. At least two courses from the following:
      • BIOLOGY 225
      • MCDB 401 (appropriate sections), 402, 403, 418, 422, 426, 450, 455, 456
    2. Behavioral Neuroscience. At least two courses from the following:
      • PSYCH 240, 345, 346, 347, 402, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 500, 531, 532, 533;
      • NEUROSCI 520.
    3. Additional Courses. Up to two courses from the following:
      • BIOLOGY 205,
      • MCDB 405, 411, 427, 428, 435, 436, 469;
      • EEB 492;
      • PSYCH 420; 447;
      • STATS 250 (or 350) or 400; 401 or 405.
    4. Additional advanced courses may be approved as cognates by the concentration advisory panel.
  3. Lab requirement. At least two different courses for a minimum of five credits total from the following categories, with at least one course being a Methods-Based laboratory:
    1. Method-Based Laboratory courses:  Choose at least one course from:
      • PSYCH 231/UC 261;
      • BIOLOGY 226;
      • MCDB 306, 308, 419, 423, 429.
    2. Research-Based Laboratory Courses: 
      • MCDB 300, 400;
      • PSYCH 326, 331, 332, 422, 424/426.
    • Note:  Each course must be taken for a minimum of two credits each and be completed in a single academic term. Only three credits of independent study may count toward the concentration program.
  4. Quantitative Requirement Cognate. Two courses are required. (While 100-level courses may be used to satisfy this requirement, the credits for 100-level courses may not be used toward the minimum number of credits required for the concentration.)
    • STATS 250 (or 350) or 400 (only allowed if not used in Group C)
    • STATS 401 or 405 (only allowed if not used in Group C)
    • PSYCH 448
    • MATH 115 or 185
    • MATH 116 or 186
    • PHYSICS 125 or 135 or 140 or 160
    • PHYSICS 126 or 235 or 240 or 260.

Advising. 

Students choosing Neuroscience as a field of concentration develop an approved concentration plan with a concentration advisor who must approve the original concentration plan and any exceptions to the stated concentration requirements. Students should also consult a concentration advisor when planning the final term's elections to ensure that all concentration requirements have been met and to secure an advisor's approval on a Concentration Release form.

To make an advising appointment, go to

the Program in Biology website at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/biology/

or

the Psychology Department website at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/psych/flash.asp .

Honors Concentration. 

The Neuroscience B.S. degree is the basis for the Honors degree in Neuroscience. Students must elect two terms of independent research (under PSYCH 424 & 426, MCDB 300, or MCDB 400), maintain a GPA of 3.4 overall, complete an Honors thesis and give a research presentation based on their Honors work. Prior to applying to the Neuroscience Honors Program students must identify a research mentor in the Department of Psychology or MCDB. Students may conduct Honors research with faculty in other units on the University of Michigan campus, but must have a formal co-sponsor relationship with a research track or tenure-track faculty in Psychology or MCDB. Students apply to the Honors Program in Neuroscience by submitting a Neuroscience Honors Application with a research proposal to either Psychology or MCDB, depending on the affiliation of the mentor/sponsor or co-mentor/co-sponsor. Students with a Psychology mentor/co-mentor should also submit a letter from the research mentor indicating their willingness to sponsor the student's research. Students must submit the Honors Application no later than the first two week of the term in which they intend to turn in their thesis. Written evaluations of the Honors thesis must be submitted by the mentor and two faculty readers. Honors theses must be submitted no later than one calendar month prior to the date of graduation.

Neuroscience major (Fall 2010-Summer 2011) +

Neuroscience is an Interdepartmental Program administered jointly by the Department of Psychology and the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB).

Neuroscience (B.S.)

May be elected as an interdepartmental concentration program, supervised by the Undergraduate Neuroscience Steering Committee

Effective Fall 2010-Summer 2011 

Exclusions: Students who elect a concentration in Neuroscience may not elect the following concentrations: Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences; Biology, General Biology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; or Biochemistry. They may also not elect an academic minor in Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

The overall goals of this concentration are to: (1) provide a course of study in the discipline of Neuroscience that integrates cell/molecular and behavioral components of the field; and (2) provide a course of study that better prepares students for graduate training in the field of Neuroscience than do the current concentrations in Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMB), Biology, or Brain, Behavior, & Cognitive Science (BBCS). An understanding of how the nervous system functions spans both molecular and cellular activity that is best taught by cell and molecular neurobiologists, and behavior that is best taught by psychologists. The well-trained student will receive instruction that allows her or him to understand the usefulness of genetics, cellular biology, and behavioral tests in this complex field. This degree will provide the cross-disciplinary training that will provide a head-start into postgraduate studies in Neuroscience.

Prerequisites to Concentration. 

  • BIOLOGY 171 and 172/174; or BIOLOGY 195; or BIOLOGY 162 or 163; and
  • CHEM 210/211 and 215/216.

It is recommended that students interested in pursuing advanced training in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience elect MATH 115 and 116, CHEM 230, PHYSICS 125/126 & 127/128 or 140/141 & 240/241, or 135/141 and 235/241. Those interested in advanced training in Behavioral Neuroscience should take at least one Statistics course.

Students intending to go to graduate school should have at least two terms of research experience. These can appear as graded courses, UROP participation, or be independent of the graded curriculum. Most graduate school-bound students will have 1-2 graded research courses (2-4 credits/each) on record. Students intending to go to graduate school in Neuroscience within a CMB-type program will need research experience as well as two terms of Calculus and two terms of Physics. Students intending to go to medical school will need to take two terms of Physics and CHEM 230.

Concentration Program. A minimum of 36 credits are required.

1.   Core:

A.   Neurobiology:BIOLOGY 222 [This course should be taken as early as possible but no later than the end of the first term of the student's fourth year]

B.   Genetics:BIOLOGY 305

C.   Biochemistry: one of MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351

D.  Biopsychology: PSYCH 230.

2.   Electives (6 courses, minimum 18 credits).

A.   Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience. At least two courses from the following:

  • BIOLOGY 225
  • MCDB 401 (appropriate sections), 402, 403, 418, 422, 426, 450, 455, 456

B.   Behavioral Neuroscience. At least two courses from the following:

  • PSYCH 240, 345, 346, 347, 402, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 500, 531, 533;
  • NEUROSCI 520.

C.   Additional Courses. Up to two courses from the following:

  • MCDB 307, 405, 411, 427, 428, 435, 436, 469;
  • EEB 492;
  • PSYCH 420; 447;
  • STATS 250 (or 350) or 400; 401 or 405.

      Additional advanced courses may be approved as cognates by the concentration advisory panel.

3.   Lab requirement. At least two different courses for a minimum of five credits total from the following categories, with at least one course being a Methods-Based laboratory:

A.  Method-Based Laboratory courses: Choose at least one course from:

  • PSYCH 231/UC 261;
  • BIOLOGY 226;
  • MCDB 306, 308, 419, 423, 429.

B.   Research-Based Laboratory Courses:

  • MCDB 300, 400;
  • PSYCH 331, 332, 422, 424/426.

     Note: Each course must be taken for a minimum of two credits each and be completed in a single academic term. Only three credits of independent study may count toward the concentration program.

4.   Quantitative Requirement Cognate. Two courses are required. (While 100-level courses may be used to satisfy this requirement, the credits for 100-level courses may not be used toward the minimum number of credits required for the concentration.)

  • STATS 250 (or 350) or 400 (only allowed if not used in Group C)
  • STATS 401 or 405 (only allowed if not used in Group C)
  • PSYCH 448
  • MATH 115 or 185
  • MATH 116 or 186
  • PHYSICS 125 or 140 or 160 or 135
  • PHYSICS 126 or 240 or 260 or 235.

Advising. Students choosing Neuroscience as a field of concentration develop an approved concentration plan with a concentration advisor who must approve the original concentration plan and any exceptions to the stated concentration requirements. Students should also consult a concentration advisor when planning the final term's elections to ensure that all concentration requirements have been met and to secure an advisor's approval on a Concentration Release form. Appointments for students are scheduled at the Department of Psychology, 1343 East Hall, (734) 764-2580) and in person at the Biology Program Office located in 1111 E.H. Kraus Natural Science Building.

Honors Concentration.The Neuroscience B.S. degree is the basis for the Honors degree in Neuroscience. Students must elect two terms of independent research (under PSYCH 424 & 426, MCDB 300, or MCDB 400), maintain a GPA of 3.4 overall, complete an Honors thesis and give a research presentation based on their Honors work. Prior to applying to the Neuroscience Honors Program students must identify a research mentor in the Department of Psychology or MCDB. Students may conduct Honors research with faculty in other units on the University of Michigan campus, but must have a formal co-sponsor relationship with a research track or tenure-track faculty in Psychology or MCDB. Students apply to the Honors Program in Neuroscience by submitting a Neuroscience Honors Application with a research proposal to either Psychology or MCDB, depending on the affiliation of the mentor/sponsor or co-mentor/co-sponsor. Students with a Psychology mentor/co-mentor should also submit a letter from the research mentor indicating their willingness to sponsor the student's research. Students must submit the Honors Application no later than the first two week of the term in which they intend to turn in their thesis. Written evaluations of the Honors thesis must be submitted by the mentor and two faculty readers. Honors theses must be submitted no later than one calendar month prior to the date of graduation.

Neuroscience major (Fall 2009-Summer 2010) +

 

Effective Fall 2009 

Exclusions: Students who elect a concentration in Neuroscience may not elect the following concentrations: Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences; Biology, General Biology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; or Biochemistry. They may also not elect an academic minor in Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

The overall goals of this concentration are to: (1) provide a course of study in the discipline of Neuroscience that integrates cell/molecular and behavioral components of the field; and (2) provide a course of study that better prepares students for graduate training in the field of Neuroscience than do the current concentrations in Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMB), Biology, or Brain, Behavior, & Cognitive Science (BBCS). An understanding of how the nervous system functions spans both molecular and cellular activity that is best taught by cell and molecular neurobiologists, and behavior that is best taught by psychologists. The well-trained student will receive instruction that allows her or him to understand the usefulness of genetics, cellular biology, and behavioral tests in this complex field. This degree will provide the cross-disciplinary training that will provide a head-start into postgraduate studies in Neuroscience.

Prerequisites to Concentration

BIOLOGY 171 and172/174; or BIOLOGY 195.

It is recommended that students interested in pursuing advanced training in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience elect

  • MATH 115 and 116,
  • CHEM 230,
  • PHYSICS 125/126 & 127/128 or 140/141 & 240/241, or
  • PHYSICS135/141 and 235/241.

Those interested in advanced training in Behavioral Neuroscience should take at least one Statistics course.

Students intending to go to graduate school should have at least two terms of research experience. These can appear as graded courses, UROP participation, or be independent of the graded curriculum. Most graduate school-bound students will have 1-2 graded research courses (2-4 credits/each) on record. Students intending to go to graduate school in Neuroscience within a CMB-type program will need research experience as well as two terms of Calculus and two terms of Physics. Students intending to go to medical school will need to take two terms of Physics and CHEM 230.

Concentration Program.

A minimum of 38 credits are required.

  1. Core:
    1. Neurobiology: BIOLOGY 222;
    2. Genetics: BIOLOGY 305;
    3. Biochemistry: one of MCDB 310 , BIOLCHEM 415 or CHEM 351;
    4. Biopsychology: PSYCH 230.
  2. Electives (6 courses, minimum 18 credits).
    1. Lecture Courses at 200-300 level. At least one, and up to two courses from:
      • BIOLOGY 225;
      • MCDB 307;
      • PSYCH 240, 345.
    2. Advanced lecture and discussion courses in Neuroscience (300-400 level). At least three courses (and up to five courses). At least one course must be from Group B1 and one course from Group B2. One advanced course from Group C may be used toward this requirement.
      1. Cell and Molecular Neuroscience:
        MCDB 402, 403, 418, 422, 426
      2. Behavioral Neuroscience:
        BIOLOGY 541;
        PSYCH 346, 347, 402, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 500, 531, 532, 533;
        NEUROSCI 520.
      Additional courses may be approved as advanced neuroscience courses by the concentration advisory panel
    3. Additional Advanced Course:
      MCDB 411, 427, 428, 435, 469;
      EEB 492;
      PSYCH 420; 447;
      STATS 350 or 400; STAS 401 or 405.

      Additional advanced courses may be approved as cognates by the concentration advisory panel
  3. Lab requirement. At least two different courses for a minimum of five credits total from the following categories, with at least one course being a Methods-Based laboratory:
    1. Method-Based Laboratory courses: Choose at least one course from:
      PSYCH 231/UC 261,
      BIOLOGY 226,
      MCDB 306, 308, 419, 423, 429.
    2. Research-Based Laboratory Courses:
      MCDB 300, 400;
      PSYCH 331, 422, 424/426.

    Note: Each course must be taken for a minimum of two credits each and be completed in a single academic term. Only three credits of independent study may count toward the concentration program.

  4. Quantitative Requirement Cognate. Two courses are required. (While 100-level courses may be used to satisfy this requirement, the credits for 100-level courses may not be used toward the minimum number of credits required for the concentration).
    • STATS 350 or 400 (only allowed if not used in Group C)
    • STATS 401 or 405 (only allowed if not used in Group C
    • PSYCH 448
    • MATH 115 or 185
    • MATH 116 or 186
    • PHYSICS 125 or 140 or 160
    • PHYSICS 126 or 240 or 260

Advising. Students choosing Neuroscience as a field of concentration develop an approved concentration plan with a concentration advisor who must approve the original concentration plan and any exceptions to the stated concentration requirements. Students should also consult a concentration advisor when planning the final term's elections to ensure that all concentration requirements have been met and to secure an advisor's approval on a Concentration Release form. Appointments for students are scheduled at the Department of Psychology, 1343 East Hall, (734) 764-2580) and in person at the Biology Program Office located in 1111 Natural Science Building..

Honors Concentration. The Neuroscience B.S. degree is the basis for the Honors degree in Neuroscience. Students must elect two semesters of independent research (under PSYCH 422, MCDB 300 or MCDB 400), maintain a concentration GPA of 3.4, complete an Honors thesis and give a research presentation based on their Honors work. Prior to applying to the Neuroscience Honors Program students must identify a research mentor in the Department of Psychology or MCDB. Students may conduct Honors research with faculty in other units on the University of Michigan campus, but must have a formal cosponsor relationship with a research track or tenure-track faculty in Psychology or MCDB. Students apply to the Honors Program in Neuroscience by submitting a research proposal along with a letter from the research mentor indicating their willingness to sponsor the student's research. Upon approval by the Honors Committee students can then declare an Honors concentration (no later than 6 months prior to submitting the Honors thesis.) Written evaluations of the Honors thesis must be submitted by the mentor and two faculty readers. Honors theses must be submitted no later than one calendar month prior to the date of graduation.

Neuroscience major (Fall 2008 through Summer 2009) +

 

Effective Fall 2008 through Summer 2009

Exclusions: Students who elect a concentration in Neuroscience may not elect the following concentrations: Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences; Biology, General Biology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; or Biochemistry. They may also not elect an academic minor in Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

The overall goals of this concentration are to: (1) provide a course of study in the discipline of Neuroscience that integrates cell/molecular and behavioral components of the field; and (2) provide a course of study that better prepares students for graduate training in the field of Neuroscience than do the current concentrations in Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMB), Biology, or Brain, Behavior, & Cognitive Science (BBCS). An understanding of how the nervous system functions spans both molecular and cellular activity that is best taught by cell and molecular neurobiologists, and behavior that is best taught by psychologists. The well-trained student will receive instruction that allows her or him to understand the usefulness of genetics, cellular biology, and behavioral tests in this complex field. This degree will provide the cross-disciplinary training that will provide a head-start into postgraduate studies in Neuroscience.

Prerequisites to Concentration

BIOLOGY 171 and172/174; or BIOLOGY 195.

It is recommended that students interested in pursuing advanced training in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience elect

  • MATH 115 and 116,
  • CHEM 230,
  • PHYSICS 125/126 & 127/128 or 140/141 & 240/241, or
  • PHYSICS135/141 and 235/241.

Those interested in advanced training in Behavioral Neuroscience should take at least one Statistics course.

Students intending to go to graduate school should have at least two terms of research experience. These can appear as graded courses, UROP participation, or be independent of the graded curriculum. Most graduate school-bound students will have 1-2 graded research courses (2-4 credits/each) on record. Students intending to go to graduate school in Neuroscience within a CMB-type program will need research experience as well as two terms of Calculus and two terms of Physics. Students intending to go to medical school will need to take two terms of Physics and CHEM 230.

Concentration Program.

A minimum of 38 credits are required.

  1. Core:
    1. Neurobiology: BIOLOGY 222;
    2. Genetics: BIOLOGY 305;
    3. Biochemistry: one of MCDB (BIOLOGY) 310 or 311, BIOLCHEM 415;
    4. Biopsychology: PSYCH 230.
  2. Electives (6 courses, minimum 18 credits).
    1. Lecture Courses at 200-300 level. At least one, and up to two courses from:
      • BIOLOGY 208, 225;
      • MCDB 307;
      • PSYCH 240, 345.
    2. Advanced lecture and discussion courses in Neuroscience (300-400 level). At least three courses (and up to five courses). At least one course must be from Group B1 and one course from Group B2. One advanced course from Group C may be used toward this requirement.
      1. Cell and Molecular Neuroscience:
        MCDB 403, 418, 422, 426
      2. Behavioral Neuroscience:
        BIOLOGY 541;
        PSYCH 346, 347, 402, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 500, 531, 532, 533;
        NEUROSCI 520.
      Additional courses may be approved as advanced neuroscience courses by the concentration advisory panel
    3. Additional Advanced Course:
      MCDB 411, 427, 428, 435, 469;
      EEB 492;
      PSYCH 420; 447;

      Additional advanced courses may be approved as cognates by the concentration advisory panel
  3. Lab requirement. At least two different courses for a minimum of five credits total from the following categories, with at least one course being a Methods-Based laboratory:
    1. Method-Based Laboratory courses: Choose at least one course from:
      PSYCH 231,
      BIOLOGY 226,
      MCDB 306, 308, 419, 423, 429.
    2. Research-Based Laboratory Courses:
      MCDB 300, 400;
      PSYCH 331, 422, 424/426.

    Note: Each course must be taken for a minimum of two credits each and be completed in a single academic term. Only three credits of independent study may count toward the concentration program.

  4. Quantitative Requirement Cognate. Two courses are required. (While 100-level courses may be used to satisfy this requirement, the credits for 100-level courses may not be used toward the minimum number of credits required for the concentration).
    • STATS 350 or 400
    • STATS 401 or 405
    • PSYCH 448
    • MATH 115 or 185
    • MATH 116 or 186
    • PHYSICS 125 or 140 or 160
    • PHYSICS 126 or 240 or 260

Advising. Students choosing Neuroscience as a field of concentration develop an approved concentration plan with a concentration advisor who must approve the original concentration plan and any exceptions to the stated concentration requirements. Students should also consult a concentration advisor when planning the final term's elections to ensure that all concentration requirements have been met and to secure an advisor's approval on a Concentration Release form. Appointments for students are scheduled at the Department of Psychology, 1343 East Hall, (734) 764-2580) and in person at the Biology Program Office located in 1111 Natural Science Building..

Honors Concentration. The Neuroscience B.S. degree is the basis for the Honors degree in Neuroscience. Students must elect two semesters of independent research (under PSYCH 422, MCDB 300 or MCDB 400), maintain a concentration GPA of 3.4, complete an Honors thesis and give a research presentation based on their Honors work. Prior to applying to the Neuroscience Honors Program students must identify a research mentor in the Department of Psychology or MCDB. Students may conduct Honors research with faculty in other units on the University of Michigan campus, but must have a formal cosponsor relationship with a research track or tenure-track faculty in Psychology or MCDB. Students apply to the Honors Program in Neuroscience by submitting a research proposal along with a letter from the research mentor indicating their willingness to sponsor the student's research. Upon approval by the Honors Committee students can then declare an Honors concentration (no later than 6 months prior to submitting the Honors thesis.) Written evaluations of the Honors thesis must be submitted by the mentor and two faculty readers. Honors theses must be submitted no later than one calendar month prior to the date of graduation.

Neuroscience major (through Summer 2008) +

Neuroscience (B.S.)

May be elected as an interdepartmental concentration program, supervised by the Undergraduate Neuroscience Steering Committee

Effective through Summer 2008 

Exclusions: Students may not double concentrate in Biology, General Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, or Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science.

The overall goals of this concentration are to: (1) provide a course of study in the discipline of Neuroscience that integrates cell/molecular and behavioral components of the field; and (2) provide a course of study that better prepares students for graduate training in the field of Neuroscience than do the current concentrations in Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMB), Biology, or Brain, Behavior, & Cognitive Science (BBCS). An understanding of how the nervous system functions spans both molecular and cellular activity that is best taught by cell and molecular neurobiologists, and behavior that is best taught by psychologists. The well-trained student will receive instruction that allows her or him to understand the usefulness of genetics, cellular biology, and behavioral tests in this complex field. This degree will provide the cross-disciplinary training that will provide a head-start into postgraduate studies in Neuroscience.

 

Prerequisites to Concentration. BIOLOGY 171, 172; or BIOLOGY 195; or BIOLOGY 162 or 163; CHEM 210/211, 215/216.

 

It is recommended that students interested in pursuing advanced training in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience elect MATH 115 and 116, CHEM 230, PHYSICS 125/126 & 127/128 or 140/141 & 240/241, or

PHYSICS135/141 and 235/241. Those interested in advanced training in Behavioral Neuroscience should take at least one Statistics course.

 

Students intending to go to graduate school should have at least two terms of research experience. These can appear as graded courses, UROP participation, or be independent of the graded curriculum. Most graduate school-bound students will have 1-2 graded research courses (2-4 credits/each) on record. Students intending to go to graduate school in Neuroscience within a CMB-type program will need research experience as well as two terms of Calculus and two terms of Physics. Students intending to go to medical school will need to take two terms of Physics and CHEM 230.

Concentration Program. A minimum of 38 credits are required.

 

  1. Core:
    1. Neurobiology: BIOLOGY 222;
    2. Genetics: BIOLOGY 305;
    3. Biochemistry: one of BIOLOGY 310, 311, BIOLCHEM 415 or 451, or CHEM 451;
    4. Biopsychology: PSYCH 230.
  2. Electives (6 courses, minimum 18 credits).
  3.  

    1. Lecture Courses at 200-300 level. At least one, and up to two courses from:
      • BIOLOGY 208, 225;
      • MCDB 307;
      • PSYCH 240, 345.
    2. Advanced lecture and discussion courses in Neuroscience (300-400 level). At least three courses (and up to five courses). At least one course must be from Group B1 and one course from Group B2. One advanced course from Group C may be used toward this requirement.
      1. Cell and Molecular Neuroscience:
        MCDB 403, 422, 418, 426
      2. Behavioral Neuroscience:
        BIOLOGY 541;
        PSYCH 346, 347, 402, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 500, 531, 532, 533;
        NEUROSCI 520.

      Additional courses may be approved as advanced neuroscience courses by the concentration advisory panel

       

    3. Additional Advanced Course:

       

      MCDB 411, 427, 428, 435, 469;
      EEB 492;
      PSYCH 420; 447;

      Additional advanced courses may be approved as cognates by the concentration advisory panel

  4. Lab requirement. At least two different courses for a minimum of five credits total from the following categories, with at least one course being a Methods-Based laboratory:
    1. Method-Based Laboratory courses: Choose at least one course from:
      PSYCH 231,
      BIOLOGY 226,
      MCDB 306, 308, 419, 423, 429.

    2. Research-Based Laboratory Courses:
      MCDB 300, 400;
      PSYCH 331, 422, 424/426.

    Note: Each course must be taken for a minimum of two credits each and be completed in a single academic term. Only three credits of independent study may count toward the concentration program.

  5. Quantitative Requirement Cognate. Two courses are required. (While 100-level courses may be used to satisfy this requirement, the credits for 100-level courses may not be used toward the minimum number of credits required for the concentration).
    • STATS 350 or 400
    • STATS 401 or 405
    • PSYCH 448
    • MATH 115 or 185
    • MATH 116 or 186
    • PHYSICS 125 or 140 or 160
    • PHYSICS 126 or 240 or 260

Advising. Students choosing Neuroscience as a field of concentration develop an approved concentration plan with a concentration advisor who must approve the original concentration plan and any exceptions to the stated concentration requirements. Students should also consult a concentration advisor when planning the final term's elections to ensure that all concentration requirements have been met and to secure an advisor's approval on a Concentration Release form. Appointments for students are scheduled at the Department of Psychology, 1343 East Hall, (734) 764-2580) and in person at the Biology Program Office located in 1111 Natural Science Building..

 

Honors Concentration. The Neuroscience B.S. degree is the basis for the Honors degree in Neuroscience. Students must elect two semesters of independent research (under PSYCH 422, MCDB 300 or MCDB 400), maintain a concentration GPA of 3.4, complete an Honors thesis and give a research presentation based on their Honors work. Prior to applying to the Neuroscience Honors Program students must identify a research mentor in the Department of Psychology or MCDB. Students may conduct Honors research with faculty in other units on the University of Michigan campus, but must have a formal cosponsor relationship with a research track or tenure-track faculty in Psychology or MCDB. Students apply to the Honors Program in Neuroscience by submitting a research proposal along with a letter from the research mentor indicating their willingness to sponsor the student's research. Upon approval by the Honors Committee students can then declare an Honors concentration (no later than 6 months prior to submitting the Honors thesis.) Written evaluations of the Honors thesis must be submitted by the mentor and two faculty readers. Honors theses must be submitted no later than one calendar month prior to the date of graduation.


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