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Neuroscience

Requirements

Neuroscience students with brain samples

  • Major and Minor in Neuroscience

    Requirements for the Major:

    At least 14 credits

    • Fundamental - 7 courses
      • Biology 120: Organismal Biology
      • Biology 221: Cell & Molecular Biology
      • Chemistry 115: General Chemistry I
      • Chemistry 116: General Chemistry II
      • Psychology 110: Introduction to Psychological Science
      • Psychology 221: Research Methods and Statistics I
      • Psychology 222: Research Methods and Statistics II
    • Core - 2 courses
      • Biology 346/Neuroscience 301: Neuroscience: Neuron to Brain
      • Psychology 370/Neuroscience 302: Neuroscience: Brain to Behavior
    • Electives - 4 courses chosen from the following list. (At least 1 Biology and 1 Psychology course; At least 2 of the 4 electives must be taken at Lake Forest College):
      • Biology/Neuroscience 130: Biological Inquiry Seminar: Deadly Shapes, Hostage Brains
      • English/Neuroscience 249: Brains, Minds, and Madness in Literature
      • Music/Neuroscience 268: Music and the Mind
      • Philosophy/Neuroscience 291: Descartes to Kant
      • Philosophy/Neuroscience 296: Neurophilosophy
      • Psychology/Neuroscience 310: Sensation & Perception
      • Psychology/Neuroscience 320: Learning
      • Biology/Neuroscience 322: Molecular Biology
      • Biology/Neuroscience 324: Advanced Cell Biology
      • Computer Science/Neuroscience 325: Artificial Intelligence
      • Biology/Neuroscience 326: Immunology
      • Psychology/Neuroscience 330: Motivation & Emotion
      • Biology/Neuroscience 340: Animal Physiology
      • Biology/Neuroscience 342: Developmental Biology
      • Biology/Neuroscience 344: Animal Behavior
      • Psychology/Neuroscience 350: Abnormal Psychology
      • Biology/Neuroscience 352: Molecular Genetics
      • Theater/Neuroscience 354: The Mind Onstage: Theatre and Cognition
      • Psychology/Neuroscience 360: Cognitive Psychology
      • Biology/Neuroscience 362: Mechanisms of Brain Dysfunction
      • Biology/Psychology/Neuroscience 372: Pharmacology: Drug, Brain, Behavior
      • Biology/Psychology/Neuroscience 388: The Malleable Brain: Mechanisms of Neural Plasticity
      • Biology/Neuroscience 389: Evolution
    • Senior Studies Requirement - through completion of one of the following options:
      • A Senior Seminar course (topics change each semester), or,
      • Two course credits of Neuroscience 493: Research Project, or,
      • Two course credits of Neuroscience 494: Senior Thesis

    In order to count a specific course toward the major, a student must earn at least a C-minus in that course.  Although strongly discouraged, courses taken Pass-Fail may count towards the major or minor in Neuroscience, as long as the grade originally earned in the class is “C-” or better. In order to graduate with a major or minor, a student must earn at least a C average (2.0) in all courses selected to fulfill the major or minor requirements, whether or not these grades are listed with a P on the transcript.


    Requirements for the Minor:

    At least 8 credits

    • Fundamental - 6 courses
      • Biology 120: Organismal Biology
      • Biology 221: Cell & Molecular Biology
      • Chemistry 115: General Chemistry I
      • Chemistry 116: General Chemistry II
      • Psychology 110: Introduction to Psychological Science
      • Psychology 221: Research Methods and Statistics I
    • Core - 2 courses
      • Biology 346/Neuroscience 301: Neuroscience: Neuron to Brain
      • Psychology 370/Neuroscience 302: Neuroscience: Brain to Behavior 

    In order to count a specific course toward the minor, a student must earn at least a C-minus in that course. In order to graduate with a minor, a student must earn at least a C average (2.0) in all courses selected to fulfill the minor requirements.


    Major/Minor Combination Options:

    The neuroscience major may be combined with any other major/minor offered at the college and with study abroad.

    Any triple combination of majors and minors within biology, psychology, and neuroscience is forbidden, even when possible under general College rules for majors and minors.

    For these three disciplines specifically, the available neuroscience options are:

    • Double major in psychology and neuroscience
    • Minor in psychology and major in neuroscience
    • Minor in neuroscience and major in psychology
    • Double major in biology and neuroscience
    • Minor in biology and major in neuroscience
    • Minor in neuroscience and major in biology


    Additional Notes:

    • Neuroscience majors may apply up to 2 study abroad courses to count for the Electives Requirement. The list of preapproved courses indicates the home department for each course offering.
      • If the home department is biology or psychology, then that course will count as a biology or psychology elective, respectively.
      • Courses from any other department will count towards the 2 electives that are not explicitly biology or psychology.
    • Students declaring a double major must complete course requirements in both major fields. It is possible for some courses to be counted toward both majors. However, the second major must consist of at least five separate courses that do not double count, and at least three of these five courses must be at the 300- or 400-level.
    • The minor must consist of at least four separate courses that do not double count.
    • Students intending to pursue postgraduate programs in the health professions or graduate programs in neuroscience will likely need additional courses in biology, chemistry, physics or math, specific to the graduate program they intend to pursue.