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  • 1. Requirements for the Major Prerequisites - 6 courses • PSYC 6 (Introduction to Neuroscience) or BIOL 34 (Introduction to Neurobiology) • PSYC 10 (Statistics and Experimental Design) or BIOL 29 (Biostatistics) • 4 of the following: • MATH 3, 4 (Introduction to Calculus, Calculus with Applications) • CHEM 5, 6 (General Chemistry) • PHYS 3, 4 (General Physics I, II) • COSC 5, 15 (Introduction to Computer Science, Data Structures and Programming) Required - 8 courses • PSYC 46 (Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience) or BIOL 12 (Cell Structure & Function) and BIOL 13 (Gene Expression & Inheritance) • PSYC 21 (Perception) or PSYC 28 (Cognition) • PSYC 26 (Physiological Psychology) • PSYC 65 (Physiology of Behavior) • 4 Electives approved by the Neuroscience Oversight Committee. Two of these must be 50’s or higher. Students may use the electives to emphasize different areas of interest within neuroscience, such as physiology, computational, cognitive, cell or molecular neuroscience. The following are among the courses that could be used for developing the major. • BIOL 27 (Animal Behavior) • BIOL 37 (Endocrinology) • BIOL 39 (Computational Molecular Biology) • BIOL 63 (Developmental Genetics) • BIOL 74 (Advanced Neurobiology) • BIOL (Genetics and Physiology of Behavior) • PSYC 50 (Issues in Neuropsychology)
  • 2. • PSYC 51 (Issues in Information Processing) • PSYC 52 (Issues in Learning and Development) • PSYC 60 (Principles of Brain Mapping) • PSYC 64 (Sensory Psychology) • PSYC 67 (Experimental Study of Animal Behavior) • PSYC 80s (Seminar courses with a neuroscience emphasis) • Some Education courses that contain a neuroscience emphasis (approved on a year-to-year basis) • Some Mathematics and Computer Science courses for students interested in computational neuroscience (approved on a year-to-year and per student basis) • Some Graduate level seminars in Psychology that contain a neuroscience emphasis with approval of the instructor and the Neuroscience Committee. NOTE: Courses that have been approved for Elective credit for 2006-2007 can be downloaded (2006-2007 Approved Elective Courses). Culminating experience (1 course) (Cannot be used to satisfy the electives requirement) • BIOL 74 (Advance Neurobiology) • PSYC 80s (Seminar courses with a neuroscience emphasis) • PSYC 90 (Independent Research) • PSYC 91 (Honor’s Research) PSYC 90 – (Independent Neuroscience Research) This course is designed to enable students to engage in independent laboratory research under the direction of a neuroscience faculty member. Students may take up to two terms of independent research. Students are required to write a final report of their research. PSYC 91 – (Honors Neuroscience Research)
  • 3. This course is designed to enable especially qualified students, usually seniors, to engage in independent laboratory research under the direction of a neuroscience faculty member. Students must take at least two terms of PSYC 91. A student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.30 in the major and 3.00 overall to enroll and must enroll by the Fall term of the senior year. The honors thesis will be evaluated by a two-person thesis committee approved by the Neuroscience Committee. Thesis committee members must be identified prior to the student signing up for PSYC 91. The thesis committee must include a regular faculty member of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. The other individual must have an active academic appointment at Dartmouth. A prospectus of proposed research is due by the end of the fall term for approval by the Neuroscience Committee. The student is expected to submit a written thesis, give a public presentation, and pass an oral examination administered by the thesis committee. The thesis committee will make recommendations to the Neuroscience Committee regarding the awarding of Honors or High Honors.

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