2018 - 2019
Program 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 requires students to complete the ten 4-credit courses listed below, and the zero-credit NEUR 401 - Neuroscience Assessment.
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|
|CS 111||Discovering Computer Science: Scientific Data and Dynamics|
|or CS 109||Discovering Computer Science|
|or CS 110||Discovering Computer Science: Digital Media and Games|
|or CS 112||Discovering Computer Science: Markets, Polls, and Social Networks|
|PHIL 210||Philosophy of Science|
|PSYC 100||Introduction to Psychology|
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 BIOL 349)
PSYC 200 - Research Methods and Statistics (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 - Biological Psychology and PSYC 351 - Research in Biological Psychology must be taken concurrently.
|or BIOL 334||Comparative Physiology: Human and non-human animals|
|PSYC 350||Biological Psychology|
|PSYC 351||Research in Biological Psychology (In place of PSYC 351, students may take one of the following course pairings: PSYC 310 & PSYC 311, PSYC 330 & PSYC 331, PSYC 340 & PSYC 341. Note that PSYC 350 is still required, and thus this substitution increases the total number of courses for the concentration by one.)|
Neuroscience Senior Capstone Seminar
This course must be taken in the spring of the senior year. NEUR 412 - Neuroscience Senior Capstone Seminar The prerequisites for NEUR 412 include the advanced biology and psychology courses.
Satisfactory completion of NEUR 401 - Neuroscience Assessment is required of all senior Neuroscience concentrators during the final weeks of NEUR 412 - Neuroscience Senior Capstone Seminar. NEUR 401 - Neuroscience Assessment is a zero credit course.