2022-23 University Bulletin 
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2022-23 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Neuroscience, B.S. - Molecular Neuroscience Concentration

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NY State Program Code: 37863
HEGIS Code: 0425.00
CIP Code: 26.1501

(53-55 credits)

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary study of how the brain and nervous system functions to generate behavior, emotion and cognition.  With improved understanding of brain functioning, the research and work of neuroscientists will help to better understand neurological and psychiatric disorders that affect quality of life and lead to death.  Neuroscience integrates fields of study in biology, psychology, chemistry, and computer science. The field of Neuroscience includes the study of cellular/molecular neuroscience—an examination of how genes and molecules regulate nerve cell function; behavioral neuroscience —an examination of how neural systems produce integrated behaviors; cognitive neuroscience—an examination of how neural substrates create mental processes and thought; and computational neuroscience—an examination of how mathematics and computer models are used to comprehend brain function.

This is a 53-55 credit major that requires students to take the following: 1. foundation courses (29-30 credits); 2. a one year capstone experience (6 credits); and 3. an area of concentration in either Molecular Neuroscience (16 credits minimum) or Cognitive Neuroscience (15 credits minimum) together with at least one related course (minimum 3 credits) outside the chosen concentration (breadth requirement).

The following are the requirements for the Molecular Neuroscience concentration.  Requirements for the Cognitive Neuroscience concentration can be found at Neuroscience, B.S. - Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration  

Capstone Experience

(6 Credits)

Capstone projects may be supervised by members of the various departments associated with the major.  Students must take 6 credits (two semesters) of research or internship capstone experience.

Concentration Courses - Molecular Neuroscience Concentration

(16 credits minimum)

Required Course

Variable Courses

(Choose 12 credits from the following offerings in Chemistry and Biology)

Breadth Requirement

(3 credits minimum)

At least one course (mimimum 3 credits) must be taken from outside the concentration: either

Semester Sequence

Credits Required for Major: 53-55
Credits Required to Graduate: 120
Course Credits Freshmen Sophomore Junior Senior
Foundation Courses: (29-30 credits)   Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring
PIA (0501) 101 General Psychology 3              
PIA (0501) 103 Writing in Psychology 3              
BIO (0105) 111 Methods & Concepts I 4              
BIO (0105) 112 Methods & Concepts II 4              
PIA (0501) 137 Statistics or
MTH (0144) 114 Statistics for Natural Sciences
PIA (0501) 245 Psychological Research Methods 4              
BIO (0105) 213 Intro Neurobiology 3              
BIO (0105) 484 Neurobiology 3              
PIA (0501) 395 Integrative Seminar 4              
Concentration Courses: (15-16 credits) 
Select One Track
Molecular Neuroscience Concentration 16        
Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration 15      
Breadth/Elective: (3 credits)                  
Your choice as detailed 3              
Capstone Experience: (6 credits)                  
Bio/Psych/Interdisciplinary Research 6            


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