The foundational biology courses required of all Neuroscience majors are BIOL 101, 102, 103, and 104. All majors must also complete one of the following S&DS 103, 105, 262, or PSYC 200.
Students must apply to enter the major. Applications are reviewed at the end of each term; decisions are based on a cover letter, transcript, completed Neuroscience major worksheet, and optional resume. More information regarding the application process is available from a link in the navigation bar.
Requirements of the Major
Both the B.S. and B.A. Neuroscience degrees require a minimum of 18.5 credits, including the three prerequisites, 15 lecture or seminar courses, and one laboratory, as follows:
1. Two neuroscience foundation courses, NSCI 160 and NSCI 320.
2. One neuroscience lab chosen from NSCI 321L, 235, 240, 260, 265 (ANTH 148L), NSCI 558.
3. Eleven electives from the following core groupings, with a minimum of two from the Systems/Circuits/Behavior Core, two from the Molecular/Cellular/Biological Core, one from the Quantitative Core, one from the Basic Allied Core, and one from the Advanced Allied Core (or a second course from the Quantitative Core). No more than two credits may be taken from the Other Allied Core.
Quantitative Core: MATH 116 (recommended) or 112, 115, 120; MATH 222, 225, or MATH 230, 231; MATH 244; MATH 246 or 247; AMTH 262; NSCI 324 or 325; CPSC 202; PHYS 301
Basic Allied Core: PHYS 170, 180, 200, or 260; PHYS 171, 181, 201, or 261; CHEM 161 or 163; CHEM 165 or 167; CHEM 174 or 220; CHEM 175 or 221
Advanced Allied Core: BENG 350; BENG 444 or 485; CPSC 100 or 112; 201, 202, 223, 323, 365, 475 or 476; EENG 200; PHYS 420; S&DS 361
Other Allied Core: NSCI 141, 147, 161; CGSC 110
Credit/D/Fail No course taken Credit/D/Fail may be counted toward the major, including prerequisites.
In addition to the course requirements described above, all students must satisfy a senior requirement undertaken during the senior year. More information about the senior requirements of the B.A. and B.S. degree is available on the department website. All students must fill out a checklist of requirements and go over it with the undergraduate registrar by the spring term of the junior year.
B.A. degree program The B.A. degree requires two course credits in non-empirical research, NSCI 480 and 481; or one credit in non-empirical research, NSCI 480 or NSCI 481, and one credit in empirical research,NSCI 490 or 491. These courses are only open to Neuroscience seniors and they award a letter grade. Under faculty supervision, students are required to conduct a literature review, complete written assignments, and make a presentation. The final research paper is due to the sponsoring faculty member, with a copy submitted to the department, by the stated deadline near the end of the term. Seniors are also required to present their research once in either the fall or the spring term. To register, students must submit a form, and a written plan of study with bibliography, approved by the faculty research adviser and DUS, by the end of the first week of classes. More detailed guidelines and forms can be obtained from a link in the navigation bar.
B.S. degree program The B.S. degree requires two course credits of empirical research, NSCI 490 and 491. These courses are only available to Neuroscience seniors (and second term juniors with DUS permission), and they award a letter grade. Students are expected to spend at least ten hours per week in the laboratory, to complete written assignments, and to make a presentation. Research can be conducted over original, archival, or consortium data sets. Written assignments include a short research proposal summary due at the beginning of the term, and a full research report due at the end of the term. Students are encouraged to pursue the same research project for two terms, in which case, the first term full research report and the second term proposal summary may be combined into a full research proposal due at the end of the first term. Final papers are due by the stated deadline near the end of the term. Seniors are also required to present their research once in either the fall or the spring term. Students should line up a research laboratory during the term preceding the research. Yale College does not grant academic credit for summer research unless the student is enrolled in an independent research course in Yale Summer Session. To register for NSCI 490 and 491, students must submit a form, and a written plan of study with bibliography, approved by the faculty research adviser and DUS, by the end of the first week of classes. More detailed guidelines and forms can be obtained from a link in the navigation bar.
Departmental advisers Schedules for all majors must be discussed with, and approved by, one of the directors of undergraduate studies. Only then may a schedule be submitted to the residential college dean’s office. For questions concerning credits for courses taken at other institutions, or courses not listed above, students should consult with one of the directors of undergraduate studies.
REQUIREMENTS OF THE MAJOR
Prerequisites BIOL 101, 102, 103, 104; and one of S&DS 103, 105, 262, or PSYC 200
Number of courses 18.5 courses (incl prereqs and senior req)
Specific courses required 2 neuroscience foundation courses, NSCI 160 and NSCI 320
Distribution of courses B.A. or B.S.—1 lab course; 11 electives including at least 2 systems/circuits/behavior core courses, 2 molecular/cellular/biological core courses, 1 quantitative core course, 1 basic allied core course, 1 adv allied core course, and more than 2 other allied core courses
Senior requirement B.A.—2 courses in non-empirical research; or 1 course in empirical research and 1 course in non-empirical research; B.S.—2 courses in empirical research