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NS Major for students who entered Skidmore prior to Fall 2014:



To fulfill the major, students must complete the following:

  1. Gateway course: NS 101 Neuroscience: Mind and Behavior

     
  2. Core courses:

BI 105 Biological Sciences I: Unity Of Life

BI 106 Biological Sciences II: Diversity Of Life

CH 105 Chemical Principles I and

CH 106 Chemical Principles II, or

CH 107H Intensive General Chemistry Honors, or

CH 125 Principles of Chemistry

PS 217 Statistical Methods in Psychology, or PS 202 Research Methods in Psychology I

PS 304 Physiological Psychology, or

PS 306 Experimental Psychology, or PS 203 Research Methods in Psychology II

  1. Integrative course: NS 277 Integrative Seminar In Neuroscience Research

     
  2. Elective courses:



    1. Choose three courses from the following set of 200-level electives.



      NS 201 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

      NS 212 Psychological Topics In Neuroscience

      NS 212 Topics in Neuroscience (New Title)

      NS 213 Biological Topics In Neuroscience

      PS 203 Research Methods in Psychology II *

      PS 213 Hormones and Behavior

      PS 218 Cognition

      PS 225 Perception

      PS 231 Neuropsychology

      PS 232 Introduction to Cognitive Science

      BI 242 Molecular Biology

      BI 244 Comparative Vertebrate Physiology

      BI 245 Principles Of Genetics

      BI 247 Cell Biology

      BI 251 Topics in Biology (when topic is appropriate for NS major)

      BI 252 Topics in Biology with Lab (when topic is appropriate for NS major)

      CH 222 Organic II

       
    2. Choose four courses from the following set of 300-level electives.



      NS 312 Advanced Psychological Topics in Neuroscience

      NS 312 Advanced Topics in Neuroscience (new title)

      NS 313 Advanced Biological Topics in Neuroscience

      NS 315 Mechanisms of Alzheimer's Disease

      PS 304 Physiological Psychology *

      PS 314 Psychology of Reading

      PS 318H Advanced Statistics in Psychology

      PS 323 Psycholinguistics

      PS 327 Computational Methods in Psychology and Neuroscience

      PS 341 Seminar In Cognitive Neuroscience: Left brain/Right Brain

      BI 306 Mammalian Physiology

      BI 311 Biological Electron Microscopy or BI 368 - Advanced Light Microscopy

      BI 316 Animal Behavior

      BI 314 Neurodevelopment

      BI 342 Frontiers In Molecular Neuroscience

      BI 344 Biological Clocks

      BI 351 Topics In Biology (when topic is appropriate for NS majors)

      BI 352 Topics In Biology with Lab (when topic is appropriate for NS majors)

      CH 341 Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function With Lab

      CS 305 Design and Analysis of Algorithms

      CS 322 Artificial Intelligence

* Unless taken to fulfill the core requirement; see Section 2 above.

With the exception of NS 277, none of the courses that count toward the major may be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.



NS Major - Effective for students who entered Skidmore in Fall 2014 and beyond:



To fulfill the major, students must complete the following:

  1. Core courses:



    NS 101: Neuroscience: Mind and Behavior

    NS 201: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

    BI 105: Biological Sciences I: Unity Of Life

    BI 106: Biological Sciences II: Diversity Of Life

    CH 125: Principles of Chemistry

    PS 202: Research Methods in Psychology I

     
  2. Advanced Research Methods Requirement: take one of the following classes*

    PS 203: Research Methods II

    PS 225B: Perception

    PS 304: Physiological Psychology

    PS 314: Psychology of Reading

    PS 327: Computational Methods in Psychology and Neuroscience

    BI 242: Molecular Biology

    BI 245: Principles of Genetics

    BI 247: Cell Biology

    BI 311: Biological Electron Microscopy

    BI 341: Neurodevelopment

    BI 344: Biological Clocks

    BI 368: Advanced Light Microscopy

    CH 341: Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function With Lab



    * If a course is taken to satisfy the Advanced Research Methods requirement, it cannot also be used to fulfill one of the elective requirements listed below.

     
  3. Integrative course: NS 277 Integrative Seminar In Neuroscience Research

     
  4. Elective courses:



    a. 200-level Electives: Take any three of the following courses



        NS 212: Topics In Neuroscience

        BI 242: Molecular Biology

        BI 244: Comparative Vertebrate Physiology

        BI 245: Principles of Genetics

        BI 247: Cell Biology

        PS 203: Research Methods in Psychology II

        PS 213: Hormones and Behavior

        PS 218: Cognition

        PS 225: Perception

        PS 231: Neuropsychology

        PS 232: Introduction to Cognitive Science

        CH 222: Organic II



    b. 300-level Electives: Take any four of the following courses



        NS 312: Advanced Topics in Neuroscience

        NS 315: Mechanisms of Alzheimer's Disease

        BI 306 Mammalian Physiology

        BI 311 Biological Electron Microscopy

        BI 314 Neurodevelopment

        BI 316 Animal Behavior

        BI 342 Frontiers In Molecular Neuroscience

        BI 344 Biological Clocks

        BI 368 Advanced Light Microscopy

        PS 304 Physiological Psychology

        PS 314 Psychology of Reading

        PS 318H Advanced Statistics in Psychology

        PS 323 Psycholinguistics

        PS 327 Computational Methods in Psychology and Neuroscience

        PS 341 Seminar In Cognitive Neuroscience: Left brain/Right Brain

        CH 341: Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function With Lab

        CS 305: Design and Analysis of Algorithms

        CS 322: Artificial Intelligence

Recommendations and Advice

Tutorial project: Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in Introduction to Neuroscience Research (NS 275) and Research Experience in Neuroscience (NS 371) prior to completion of the Neuroscience major. These courses allow students to obtain valuable research experience by working directly with Neuroscience faculty. Highly motivated students may wish to pursue a senior tutorial project (NS 375/NS 376), which is a yearlong, intensive research thesis conducted in collaboration with a Neuroscience faculty. Generally speaking, majors should consider taking NS 275 in their sophomore and/or junior year, and NS 371 in their junior year as a prelude to senior research.

Advice on Choosing Electives: Students' choices of electives (both within and beyond the requirements specified by the Neuroscience Major) may be guided by interests as well as professional goals. For example, in the Core course Chemical Principles I and II (CH 105/CH 106), students are introduced to fundamental concepts of chemistry that are necessary for understanding basic mechanisms in the neurosciences; students wishing to deepen this understanding are encouraged to take additional courses in chemistry, including organic chemistry and biochemistry. Examples of Projected Paths through the Major are intended as illustrations of groupings of electives informed by different kinds of interests and goals. For each illustration, suggestions are offered for electives within and beyond the major.

 

Projected Paths through the Major

Path 1: A Biobehavioral Neuroscience Focus

Within major: Consider these electives: BI 245 Principles Of Genetics, BI 316 Animal Behavior, BI 341 Neurodevelopment, BI 344 Biological Clocks, PS 213 Hormones and Behavior, PS 304 Physiological Psychology

Beyond major: Additional electives from Psychology (e.g., PS 223 Evolutionary Psychology) and Biology (e.g., BI 302 Behavioral Ecology, BI 324 Evolution, BI 370 Computer Modeling of Biological Systems).

Path 2: A Cellular/Molecular Focus

Within major: Consider these electives: BI 242 Molecular Biology, BI 245 Principles Of Genetics, BI 247 Cell Biology, BI 342 Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience.

Beyond major: Additional courses from Biology (BI 360 Gene Expression I: DNA Metabolism, BI 363 RNA Metabolism) and Chemistry (CH 221 Organic Chemistry I, CH 222 Organic Chemistry II and CH 341 Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function With Lab).

Path 3: A Cognitive Neuroscience Focus

Within major: Consider these electives: PS 231 Neuropsychology, PS 218 Cognition, PS 225 Perception, PS 314 Psychology of Reading, PS 323 Psycholinguistics, PS 341 Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience: Left Brain/Right Brain), BI 245 Principles of Genetics.

Beyond major: Additional courses from Computer Science (e.g., CS 106 Introduction to Computer Science I, CS 206 Introduction to Computer Science II) 

Path 4: A Cognitive Science Focus

Within major: Consider these electives: PS 218 Cognition, PS 225 Perception, PS 232 Introduction to Cognitive Science, PS 327 Computational Methods in Psychology and Neuroscience.

Beyond major: Additional courses from Computer Science (e.g., CS 106 Introduction to Computer Science I, CS 206 Introduction to Computer Science II, CS 306 Computability, Complexity, and Heuristics) and Philosophy (e.g., PH 241 Mind, Thought, and Consciousness)

Path 5: A Health Professions Focus

Within major: Consider these electives: PS 231 Neuropsychology, BI 242 Molecular Biology, BI 244 Comparative Vertebrate Physiology, BI 245 Principles Of Genetics, BI 247 Cell Biology, BI 306 Mammalian Physiology.

Beyond major: Additional courses from Chemistry (Organic Chemistry (CH 221 Organic Chemistry I, CH 222 Organic Chemistry II, CH 341 Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function With Lab), Physics (PY 207 General Physics I,  PY 208 General Physics II), Calculus (MA 111 Calculus I, MA 113 Calculus II) and English.

Note: Those students interested in pre-med and other health professions should consult with the Health Professions Advisory Committee for guidance in selecting courses.

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