Degree Essentials

Neuroscience (concentration only)


Susan Kennedy (Psychology), Neuroscience Coordinator

Faculty: Seth Chin-Parker (Psychology), Barbara Fultner (Philosophy), Frank Hassebrock (Psychology), Susan Kennedy (Psychology), Eric Liebl (Biology), Nestor Matthews (Psychology), Jenna Monroy (Biology), Heather Rhodes (Biology)

Guidelines and Goals

Neuroscience is the interdisciplinary study of the nervous system, unique in its quest to understand not only the biology and chemistry of the brain and nervous system, but also to understand how chemical and cellular functions relate to how organisms think and behave.Thus, Neuroscience is founded on the tenet that an understanding of the brain and nervous system is only possible when approached from a perspective that integrates biological, chemical and psychological phenomena.

Denison's Neuroscience Concentration is designed to offer students an interdisciplinary perspective on the nervous system and behavior, and to provide students with the opportunity to obtain a diverse focus that both complements and broadens the major.

Students wishing to pursue the Neuroscience Concentration are strongly encouraged to meet with a Neuroscience faculty member very early in their Denison careers to carefully plan their course of study.

Neuroscience Concentration

All students wishing to pursue the Neuroscience Concentration must take two foundational courses, four courses providing breadth in the concentration, and six advanced courses, providing depth in the concentration.

Foundational Courses May be taken in any order. BIOL 150 is a prerequisite, PSYC 100 is a pre- or corequisite for NEUR 200 (Introduction to Neuroscience). Both also serve as prerequisites for the 200-and 300- level Psychology and Biology courses required of Neuroscience concentrators.

  1. BIOL 210: Molecular Biology and Unicellular Life

  2. PSYC 100: Introduction to Psychology

Four Courses for Breadth in the Concentration May be taken in any sequence, except that CHEM 131 must be taken concurrently with or prior to BIOL 201.

  1. NEUR 200: Introduction to Neuroscience (to be taken by the end of the third year)

  2. PSYC 200: Research Methods in Psychology (prerequisite for PSYC 351)

  3. CHEM 131: Atoms and Molecules (pre- or corequisite for BIOL 201)

  4. BIOL 220: Multicellular Life

Six Courses for Depth in the Concentration These six courses may be taken in any order, except that PSYC 350 and 351 must be taken concurrently. Additionally, NEUR 400 is a capstone course that can be taken only in the second semester of the student's 3rd or 4th year.

  1. PSYC 350: Biological Psychology

  2. PSYC 351: Research in Biological Psychology

  3. BIOL 349: Introduction to Neurophysiology OR BIOL 334: Comparative Animal Physiology OR BIOL 335: Human Physiology

  4. Two electives from the following (both can NOT be from the same department)

    • BIOL 324: Developmental Biology

    • BIOL 325: Genetics

    • BIOL 340: Animal Behavior

    • BIOL 341: Immunology

    • BIOL 345: Eukaryotic Cell Biology

    • A Physiology course not taken to fulfill the Depth requirement; BIOL 349: Introduction to Neurophysiology OR BIOL 334: Comparative Animal Physiology OR BIOL 335: Human Physiology

    • CHEM 132: Structure and Reactivity of Organic Molecules

    • PHIL 280: Philosophy of Mind

    • PSYC 305: Psychopharmacology

    • PSYC 310: Psychology of Learning

    • PSYC 330: Cognitive Psychology

    • PSYC 340: Sensation and Perception

    • CS 339: Artificial Intelligence

  5. NEUR 400: Advanced Neuroscience

Neuroscience Assessment Satisfactory completion of NEUR 401 is required of all senior Neuroscience concentrators. NEUR 401 ia a zero credit course.

  1. NEUR 401: Neuroscience Assessment