Degree Requirements2016-2017

Neuroscience (concentration only)

Faculty

Nestor Matthews (Psychology), Neuroscience Coordinator

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

Department Guidelines and Goals

Neuroscience is the interdisciplinary study of the brain and nervous system, with a scope that ranges from molecules and cells to behavior, cognition, and emotion. Denison’s Neuroscience Concentration achieves this interdisciplinary perspective via courses in Biology, Computational Science, Philosophy, and Psychology. These courses are intended to complement the student’s major. Students who want to pursue the Neuroscience Concentration are required to have either a primary or secondary academic advisor who is a member of the Neuroscience Faculty.

Neuroscience Concentration

Neuroscience Concentration requires students to complete the ten 4-credit courses listed below, and the zero-credit Neuroscience Assessment (NEUR 401).

Four Foundational Courses May be taken in any order, beginning as early as the first semester at Denison. Foundational courses in Biology and Psychology serve as prerequisites for the 200 and 300 level Biology and Psychology courses required of Neuroscience concentrators.

  • BIOL 210: Molecular Biology and Unicellular Life (prerequisite for BIOL 220)

  • CS 111: Discovering Computer Science: Scientific Data and Dynamics (can be substituted with CS 109, CS 110, or CS 112)

  • PHIL 210: Philosophical Issues in Science OR PHIL 280: Philosophy of Mind OR Bioethics

  • PSYC 100: Introduction to Psychology (prerequisite for PSYC 200)

Two Intermediate Courses in Biology and Psychology These courses have prerequisites and are, in turn, prerequisites for the advanced courses.

  • BIOL 220: Multicellular Life (prerequisite for BIOL 334 and 349)

  • PSYC 200: Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (prerequisite for PSYC 351 and prerequisite for any of the following: PSYC 311, PSYC 331, PSYC 341)

Three Advanced Courses in Biology and Psychology These courses may be taken in any order, except that PSYC 350 and 351 must be taken concurrently if that option is selected.

  • BIOL 349: Introduction to Neurophysiology OR BIOL 334: Comparative Physiology: Human and Non-Human Animals

  • PSYC 350: Biological Psychology

  • PSYC 351: Research in Biological Psychology (Psyc 351 can be substituted with one of the following 300 level psychology research pairings: PSYC 310 & 311 OR PSYC 330 & 331 OR PSYC 340 & 341. However, this option increases the number of required advanced courses from three to four, which increases the total number of required four credit courses from ten to eleven.)

Neuroscience Senior Capstone Seminar This course must be taken in the spring of the senior year. The seven prerequisites for NEUR 412 include all foundational and intermediate courses as well as PSYC 350.

  • NEUR 412: Neuroscience Senior Capstone Seminar

Neuroscience Assessment Satisfactory completion of NEUR 401 is required of all senior Neuroscience concentrators during the final weeks of NEUR 412. NEUR 401 is a zero credit course.

  • NEUR 401: Neuroscience Assessment