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Pathways Through the NS&B Major

There are several pathways through the major from which to choose. Here are 4 examples:

Recommended Course Sequence
Alternative 1 (Early Starter)
Alternative 2 (Late Starter)
Alternative 3 (Very Late Starter)

Recommended Course Sequence


 

Fall

 

Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 1

BIOL 181/191

 

BIOL 182/192

 

 

CHEM 141 (or 143)

 

CHEM 142 (or 144)

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 2

NSB 213

 

NS&B Advanced

 

 

CHEM 251

 

CHEM 252

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 3

PHYS 111

 

PHYS 112

 

 

NS&B Advanced

 

NS&B Advanced

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Year 4

NS&B Advanced

 

NS&B Advanced

 

 

*Psych/Bio/MBB

 

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This course sequence is recommended for a number of reasons.  You will have taken the core introductory biology series and much of the required chemistry early which will provide a strong background for the advanced NS&B courses.  This sequence will also limit the number of science courses to 2 or fewer per semester, provide sufficient time for undergraduate research during your last 2 years and, if desired, time to complete an honors thesis during your senior year.  
*Any upper level (200 or higher) course in one of these departments.

 

 

Alternative 1 (Early Starter)

 

Fall

 

Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 1

BIOL 181/191

 

BIOL 182/192

 

 

NSB 213

 

NS&B Advanced

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 2

NS&B Advanced

 

NS&B Advanced

 

 

CHEM 141 (or 143)

 

CHEM 142 (or 144)

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 3

NS&B Advanced

 

NS&B Advanced

 

 

CHEM 251

 

CHEM 252

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 4

PHYS 111

 

PHYS 112

 

 

*Psych/Bio/MBB

 

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
In this sequence, the gateway course to the major (NS&B 213) is taken during the first year rather than the second.  Students with a strong science background may elect this option which has the advantage of providing an earlier overview to the field of behavioral neuroscience.  A second advantage is earlier access to advanced courses that have NS&B 213 as a prerequisite.  You would also maximize the amount of time available for research/honors thesis during your senior year. In order to take 213 your first semester here, you must have an AP Bio score of  5 and permission of the instructor.
*Any upper level (200 or higher) course in one of these departments.



Alternative 2 (Late Starter)

 

Fall

 

Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 1

 

 

NS&B Advanced/Psy

 

 

 

 

NS&B Advanced/Psy

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 2

Bio 181/191

 

Bio 182/192

 

 

PHYS 111

 

PHYS 112

 

 

NSB 213

 

NS&B Advanced

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 3

BIOL 207/217

 

NS&B Advanced

 

  CHEM 141 (or 143)

 

CHEM 142 (or 144)

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 4

CHEM 251

 

CHEM 252

 

 

*Psych/Bio/MBB

 

NS&B Advanced

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Alternative 2 is an example of how you might delay taking the core introductory biology series and other foundation courses until your second year and still be prepared to become  a major at the usual time. Note that at some point you will have to take 3 science courses in 2 semesters but if this is done early enough, you should still have plenty of time for research during your last 2 years if so desired.
*Any upper level (200 or higher) course in one of these departments.



Alternative 3 (Very Late Starter)
 

 

Fall

 

Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 2

NSB 213

 

NS&B Advanced/Psy

 

 

PHYS 111

 

PHYS 112

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 3

BIOL 181/191

 

BIOL 182/192

 

 

CHEM 141 (or 143)

 

CHEM 142 (or 144)

 

 

NS&B Advanced

 

NS&B Advanced

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 4

CHEM 251

 

CHEM 252

 

 

NS&B Advanced

 

NS&B Advanced

 

  *Psych/Bio/MBB      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
This hypothetical course sequence shows how it is still possible to major in NS&B even when you take no science courses during your first year.  Note that you can still declare  the major by the end of your sophomore year.  However, the drawbacks are several.  First, you will have multiple semesters with more than 2 science courses--a heavy load.  You  will also have less time for research during your last 2 years.  Perhaps most important is the fact that having to take foundation courses at the same time or even after some advanced courses will mean you are less well prepared for the most advanced neuroscience courses.
*Any upper level (200 or higher) course in one of these departments.

 

 

To declare the NS&B major by the end of Spring term, sophomore year, you will need to have taken 213 or 181 and one other foundation or upper level course with a minimum grade of C- in both.

These are but a few ways of fulfilling the major requirements. In most scenarios, the order in which you take upper level courses from the Psychology and Biology Departments is arbitrary.  This is also true for the order in which Physics and Chemistry courses are presented. However, we recommend that you take the 2 years of Chemistry consecutively to maximize retention and application of material from year 1 to year 2.  Some students are reluctant to take Introductory Biology and Chemistry during their first semester.  We recommend that if you choose to take only one subject, make it Biology.