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Program Overview

The neuroscience program is nested under the direction of the Psychology Department, while maintaining strong interdisciplinary connections. The program is designed to represent the psychological and biological foundations of this growing field.

Undergraduates preparing for careers in neuroscience or related fields must have a strong scientific foundation in the natural sciences. Students studying neuroscience at Drake University will be exposed to an interdisciplinary environment through coursework in physical and life sciences, close interactions with faculty and the opportunity to participate in research projects. The interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience can be appealing to students in allied fields such as psychology and biology, thus making earning a double major or minor an attractive option.

There are many career paths available to students interested in neuroscience or related fields. Some are interested in attending graduate school to pursue a career in basic or applied research and teaching. Others may want a neuroscience background as a foundation for further training in a health care field, such as medicine, physical therapy, optometry and nursing. Still others may want exposure to neuroscience topics because of an interest in professional writing (newspaper, magazine) about the field or working in a related field such as the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry. In all cases, students should work with their academic advisor to determine what path is best for them.

The neuroscience program at Drake University contains a major (B.S.) and a minor. The B.S. degree in neuroscience requires at least 64 credit hours to complete. Students must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the major (computed across all major courses) to graduate with a B.S. in Neuroscience. The minor requires 24 credits hours.


B.S. Degree Requirements

The curriculum for a B.S. in neuroscience at Drake University is described below. Completion of the program requires completion of the course requirements listed below. Students will work with their advisor to make appropriate course selections when options are available, thus the precise number of credit hours for the major will vary slightly. Core requirements may be transferred by petition.

Course Credit Hours
General Requirements 
Statistics  
PSY 011 - Introductory Statistics (with lab)

Note: BIO 099 - Bio Research & Stat Methods or both STAT 071 - Statistics I and STAT 072 - Statistics II may substitute for PSY 011.  Students choosing BIO 099 should take TWO lab courses listed under "Advanced Neurobiological Systems" to make up for the lost credit hour and laboratory time.
4
General Biology  
BIO 012 - General/Pre-Professional Biology I (with lab) 4
BIO 013 - General/Pre-Professional Biology II (with lab) 4
Chemistry  
CHEM 001/003 - General Chemistry I (with lab) 4
CHEM 002/004 - General Chemistry II (with lab) 4
CHEM 097/098 - Organic Chemistry I (with lab) 4
CHEM 108/110 - Organic Chemistry II (with lab) 4
Related Courses - choose two: one upper-division and one non-research/internship  
BIO 114 - Evolution 3
NSCI 095 - Special Topics in Neuroscience 3
NSCI 190/191 - Independent Study 3
NSCI 192 - Internship 3
NSCI 195 - Special Topics Seminar 3
NSCI 198 - Research Seminar 3
PHIL140 - Neuroscience and the Law 3
PSY 026 - Human Evolutionary Psychology 3
PSY 028 - Drugs and Behavior - note: this coruse cannot substitute for PHAR 119 3
PSY 060 - Principles of Behavior 3
PSY 076 - Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 148 - Psychology of Developmental Disabilities 3
PSY 176 - Advanced Psychopathology 3
Core Requirements 
Basic foundations of neuroscience (all courses required with a grade of "C" or higher)  
NSCI 001 - Introduction to Neuroscience 3
NSCI 010 - Research Methods in Neuroscience (with lab) 3
Advanced behavioral theory laboratory - choose one course  
PSY 120/121 - Conditioning and Learning (with lab) 4
PSY 123 - Biological Basis of Behavior (with lab) 4
PSY 125 - Cognitive Psychology (with lab) 4
PSY 126 - Comparative Psychology (with lab) 4
Quantitative analysis - choose one course  
MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
PSY 111 - Advanced Statistics (with lab) 4
PSY 133 - Psychological Assessment (with lab) 4
Advanced neurobiological systems - choose four with at least one from each cluster  
Cluster A  
BIO 129 - Mammalian Physiology (with lab) 5
BIO 165 - Cell Biology 4
CHEM 130/131 - Biochemistry (with lab) 4
Cluster B  
BIO 105 - Introduction to Genetics 3
BIO 107/NSCI 127/PSY 127 - Behavior Genetics 3
BIO 176 - Neurophysiology 3
Cluster C  
PHAR 119 - Neuropharmacology 3
PSY 122 - Sensation and Perception 3
PSY 128 - Hormones and Behavior 3
Capstone - choose one of the following with the prior approval of both the advisor and instructor; approved capstone experiences will be designated with a 'C'  
NSCI 190C or 191C - Independent Study 3
NSCI 192C - Internship 3
NSCI 195 - Special Topics in Neuroscience Capstone 3
NSCI 198 - Research Seminar in Neuroscience Capstone 3
Note: Students should work closely with their faculty advisors to find an appropriate capstone experience to fulfill the requirements of the Drake Curriculum. To be counted as a capstone, the experience must be the equivalent of 3 credit hours. No experience should be considered “approved” until the student has consulted the faculty advisor. Advisors will typically approve the following kinds of experiences listed above.  
Total 64

Neuroscience Minor

Course Credit Hours
Basic foundations of neuroscience
NSCI 001 - Introduction to Neuroscience 3
NSCI 010 - Research Methods in Neuroscience (with lab) 3
BIO 012 - General/Pre-Professional Biology I (with lab) 4
PSY 011 - Introductory Statistics (with lab)

Note: BIO 099 - Biology Research and Stat Methods or both STAT 071 - Statistics I and STAT 072 - Statistics II may substitute for PSY 011
4
Neurobiological systems - choose one course
BIO 176 - Neurophysiology 3
PHAR 119 - Neuropharmacology 3
NSCI 095 - Special Topics 3
NSCI 127/PSY 127/BIO 107 - Behavior Genetics 3
NSCI 195 - Special Topics in Neuroscience 3
PSY 122 - Sensation and Perception 3
PSY 128 - Hormones and Behavior 3
Advanced laboratory and application - choose two, one of which must be a four-hour laboratory course
NSCI 190/191 - Independent Study 3
NSCI 192 - Internship 3
NSCI 198 - Research Seminar 3
PSY 120/121 - Conditioning and Learning (with lab) 4
PSY 123 - Biological Basis of Behavior (with lab) 4
PSY 125 - Cognitive Psychology (with lab) 4
PSY 126 - Comparative Psychology (with lab) 4
NOTE: a minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken at Drake, and 3 of these must be upper division.
Total 24
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