The neuroscience major is multidisciplinary, combining expertise across a variety of fields. It adopts an integrative approach early in the curriculum to provide students with a conceptual framework for understanding the neuroscientific implications of the biology, psychology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, and physics courses that are required. At the upper levels, it provides in-depth lab experiences, individual research opportunities, and senior capstone courses to tie it all together and to prepare graduates to succeed in a graduate program or to enter the field in some professional capacity.

Major in Neuroscience (B.S.)
Neuroscience Core:
BIO/PSY/NSC 130Introduction to Neuroscience3
BIO/PSY/NSC 130DIntroduction to Neuroscience Lab1
BIO 358
BIO 359
Neurobiology
and Neurobiology Lab
4
PSY 340
PSY 341
Physiological Psychology
and Physiological Psychology Lab
4
NSC 350
NSC 351
Neuroscience Methods
and Neuroscience Methods Lab
4
NSC 493Literature Review in Neuroscience1
NSC 496Neuroscience Research1
NSC 499Neuroscience Seminar1
Fundamentals of Psychology Courses:
PSY 100Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 230MIntroduction to Statistical Methods and Experimental Design4
Fundamentals of Biology Courses
BIO 124
BIO 124D
Integrative Biology: Genes, Cells, Change
and Integrative Biology: Genes, Cells, Change Lab
4
BIO 128
BIO 128D
Integrative Biology: Metabolism, Energy, Biodiversity
and Integrative Biology: Metabolism, Energy, Biodiversity Lab
4
Choose a Chemistry Sequence:4-8
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
Or
Accelerated General Chemistry
and Accelerated General Chemistry Lab
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
Choose one or both Mathematics courses:4-8
Calculus 1
Calculus 2 1
Choose two courses from Biology and Biochemistry courses, at least one which must be 300-level or above:8
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
Human Anatomy and Physiology
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab
Genetics
and Genetics Lab
Endocrinology
and Endocrinology Lab
Animal Behavior
and Animal Behavior Lab
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Lab 2
Developmental Biology
Animal Physiology
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Lab
Molecular Biology
and Molecular Biology Lab 2
Essentials of Biochemistry
and Essentials of Biochemistry Lab
Choose one from Experimental Psychology courses:4
Motivation and Emotion
Conditioning and Learning
and Conditioning and Learning Lab
Cognitive Psychology
Sensation and Perception
and Sensation and Perception Lab
Choose one from Critical Supporting in Computer Science courses:3-4
Introduction to Programming
Computer Science 1
Scientific Computing
Behavioral Robotics
Choose one of the following Physics courses:8
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics I Lab
Introductory Physics II
and Introductory Physics II Lab
Or
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
Major *65-74
General Education49-50
Electives0-8
Total Credits122

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B.S. in Neuroscience 2018-2019: Option 1 - CWILT

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
CHE 113
CHE 113D
1 General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Lab
4GES 160 Inquiry Seminar3CHE 214 General Chemistry II3
BIO 124
BIO 124D
Integrative Biology: Genes, Cells, Change and Integrative Biology: Genes, Cells, Change Lab
4 NSC 130
NSC 130D
2 Introduction to Neuroscience and Intro to Neuroscience Lab
4
MAT 124M1 Calculus 14 BIB 101 Introduction to the Bible3
GES 140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology3
 15 3 13
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
GES 130 Christianity Western Culture4GES 125 Introduction to the Creative Arts4PHY 206
PHY 207
Introductory Physics II and Introductory Physics II Lab
4
BIO 128
BIO 128D
Integrative Biology: Metabolism, Energy, Biodiversity and Integrative Biology: Metabolism, Energy, Biodiversity Lab
4 THE 201 Christian Theology3
PHY 202
PHY 202D
Introductory Physics I and Introductory Physics I Lab
4 BIO 358
BIO 359
Neurobiology and Neurobiology Lab
4
PSY 230M Introduction to Statistical Methods and Experimental Design4 Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) course 3
 16 4 14
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
CHE 224
CHE 225
Organic Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4PSY 337K or COS 337K Behavioral Robotics or Behavioral Robotics3NSC 493 Literature Review in Neuroscience 1
PSY 340
PSY 341
Physiological Psychology and Physiological Psychology Lab
4 Cross Cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3
Leisure and Lifetime Sport (Q) course 1 Second Language (S) course 4
World Cultures (U) course 3 Psychology Elective 4
Elective 3 Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3
 15 3 12-15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
NSC 496 Neuroscience Research 1Interim Off Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3
NSC 350
NSC 351
Neuroscience Methods and Neuroscience Methods Lab
4 NSC 499 Neuroscience Seminar3 1
Biology Elective 4 Biology Elective 4
Comparative Systems (G) course 3 Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3
Elective 3 Elective (300-400 Level) 4
 15 0 12-15
Total Credits 122-128

B.S. in Neuroscience 2018-2019: Option 2- Humanities

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
BIO 124
BIO 124D
Integrative Biology: Genes, Cells, Change and Integrative Biology: Genes, Cells, Change Lab
4GES 147 Humanities II: Renaissance and Reformation4CHE 214
CHE 215
General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CHE 113
CHE 113D
1 General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Lab
4 BIO 130
BIO 130D
1,2 Introduction to Neuroscience and Introduction to Neuroscience Lab
4
MAT 124M1 Calculus 14 GES 244 Humanities III: European Enlightenment and American Culture to 18774
GES 145 Humanities I: Greco-Roman through Middle Ages4  
 16 4 12
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
BIO 128
BIO 128D
Integrative Biology: Metabolism, Energy, Biodiversity and Integrative Biology: Metabolism, Energy, Biodiversity Lab
4GES 160 Inquiry Seminar3PHY 206
PHY 207
Introductory Physics II and Introductory Physics II Lab
4
GES 246 Humanities IV: Modern and Contemporary Western Culture4 BIB 101 Introduction to the Bible3
PHY 202
PHY 202D
Introductory Physics I and Introductory Physics I Lab
4 PSY 230M Introduction to Statistical Methods and Experimental Design4
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology3 BIO 358
BIO 359
Neurobiology and Neurobiology Lab
4
 15 3 15
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
CHE 224
CHE 225
Organic Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4COS 337K or PSY 337K1 Behavioral Robotics or Behavioral Robotics3NSC 493 Literature Review in Neuroscience1
PSY 340
PSY 341
Physiological Psychology and Physiological Psychology Lab
4 Second Language (S) course 4
Leisure and Lifetime Sport (Q) course 1 Psychology Elective 4
World Cultures (U) course 3 Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3
  Cross Cultural Experience (Z) course 3
 12 3 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
NSC 350
NSC 351
Neuroscience Methods and Neuroscience Methods Lab
4Interim Off 0NSC 499 Neuroscience Seminar1
Comparative Systems (G) course 3 Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3
Biology Elective 4 Biology Elective 4
NSC 496 Neuroscience Research1 Artistic Experience 0-3
Elective 4 Elective (300 or 400 level) 4
 16 0 12-15
Total Credits 123-126

NSC 130 • Introduction to Neuroscience 3 Credits.

An introduction to the biological basis of behavior. Focuses on two main themes: the cellular, molecular, and genetic processes that form the foundation of nervous system function and the systems-level organization of the nervous system that forms the foundation of human and animal behavior.
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in NSC 130D is required. Offered: Spring. Special Notes: Carries cross-credit in Biology and Psychology.

NSC 130D • Intro to Neuroscience Lab 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying PSY 130.
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in NSC 130 is required. Offered: Spring. Special Notes: Carries cross-credit in Biology and Psychology.

NSC 350 • Neuroscience Methods 3 Credits.

Principles and practice of neuroscience laboratory techniques. Laboratory and lecture experience are integrated to include introduction of histological, molecular, electrophysiological and computer-based neuroscience research. Collection of qualitative and quantitative data and data analysis.
Prerequisites: BIO 120/BIO 121; BIO 130/PSY 130/NSC 130; PSY230. Corequisites: Concurrent registration in NSC 351 is required.

NSC 351 • Neuroscience Methods Lab 1 Credit.

Lab experience accompanying NSC 350.
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in NSC 350 is required.

NSC 358 • Neurobiology 3 Credits.

Nervous system of animals and humans. Includes comparative anatomy and physiology of humans with other vertebrates and invertebrates, as well as interactions of sensory, motor, and integrative mechanisms of nervous system control.
Prerequisites: BIO 100/100D; BIO 104/104D; BIO 120/121; BIO 122,122D recommended. Corequisites: Registration in NSC 359 is required. Offered: Fall, even # years.

NSC 359 • Neurobiology Lab 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying BIO 358.
Prerequisites: BIO 100/100D; BIO 104/104D; BIO 120/121; BIO 122,122D recommended. Corequisites: Registration in NSC 358 is required. Offered: Fall, even # years.

NSC 493 • Literature Review in Neuroscience 1 Credit.

Survey of contemporary and classical neuroscience literature. Journal club format in which topics of the students' choosing are researched, discussed, and methodologies assessed. Students will evaluate a variety of neuroscience research through a written summary.
Prerequisites: Declared Neuroscience major, Junior standing. Offered: Spring.

NSC 496 • Neuroscience Research 1 Credit.

Students collect original data through independent laboratory/field research under the supervision of a neuroscience faculty member. Data are analyzed and conclusions drawn and reported.
Prerequisites: BIO/PSY 130; BIO/PSY 130D; Consent of instructor. Offered: Fall.

NSC 499 • Neuroscience Seminar 1 Credit.

Readings and discussion of topics that relate neuroscience to one's Christian faith as well as moral, ethical, and societal issues. Topics may include the following examples: psychopharmacological enhancement of attention, memory, and mood; brain implants and "homo augmentus"; free will, the soul, responsibility, and personhood; definition of mental health and illness.
Prerequisites: Declared Neuroscience major, Senior standing. Offered: Spring.