Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Neuroscience

Academics

Major

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field that combines biology, psychology and chemistry to investigate how the nervous system generates the complex experience and behavior of humans and other animals while being shaped in turn by the organism’s engagement with the environment. Drawing most heavily on the offerings of its home departments of psychology and biology, but with additional courses in chemistry, mathematics, and computer science, the neuroscience major offers excellent preparation for post-graduate education and careers in the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience.

Major requirements

The major consists of at least 14 courses, 4 of which must be at the 300-level or above, including the Senior Seminar in Neuroscience.

Neuroscience major worksheet

Required Courses

PSY 202 Quantitative Research Methods
PSY 225 Brain, Mind and Behavior
PSY 227 Drugs and Behavior

BIO 111 Evolution and Ecology
BIO 112 Cells and Genes

CHEM 153 Chemical Principles
CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I

MATH 141 Introductory Statistics
or MATH 151 Accelerated Statistics

NEUR 400 Senior Seminar in Neuroscience

Electives

Five elective courses and three must be taken at the 300-level.

Two of the following courses in Psychology:
PSY 211 Learning and Memory
PSY 222 Cognition
PSY 226 Comparative Animal Behavior
PSY 298 The Psychology of Consciousness
PSY 312 Perception
PSY 330 Scientific Approaches to Consciousness
PSY 367 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY 398 Behavioral Neuroendocrinology

Two of the following courses in Biology:
BIO 211 Genetics
BIO 219 Cell Biology
BIO 244 Introductory Physiology
BIO 254 Developmental Biology
BIO 255 Vertebrate Evolution and Anatomy
BIO 303 Evolution
BIO 305 Biochemistry
BIO 316 Molecular Biology and Genomics
BIO 324 Neurobiology

One of the following 300-level lab courses:
PSY 337 Practicum in Psychological Research
PSY 341 Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience
PSY 343 Laboratory in Cognitive Psychology
PSY 348 Laboratory in Animal Communication and Cognition

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