Neuroscience

Program Options

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Program Overview

The neuroscience program is nested under the direction of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, 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 Credits
General Requirements - complete all courses
NSCI 001 - Introduction to Neuroscience 3
NSCI 010 - Research Methods in Neuroscience (with lab) 3
BIO 176, 176L - Neurophysiology 3, 1
BIO 012, 012L - General/Pre-Professional Biology I (with lab) 3, 1
BIO 013 - General/Pre-Professional Biology II (with lab) 3, 1
CHEM 001, 003 - General Chemistry I (with lab) 3, 1
CHEM 002, 004 - General Chemistry II (with lab) 3, 1
CHEM 097/098 - Organic Chemistry I (with lab) 3, 1
CHEM 108/110 - Organic Chemistry II (with lab) 3,1
PSY 011 - Introductory Statistics (with lab)
Note: BIO 140 - Bio Research & Stat Methods or both STAT 071 - Statistics I and STAT 072 - Statistics II may substitute for PSY 011.
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
Behavioral Labs - choose one course  
PSY 120/121 - Conditioning and Learning (with lab) 4
PSY 126 - Comparative Psychology (with lab) 4
PSY 125 - Cognitive Psychology (with lab) 4
PSY 123 - Biological Basis of Behavior (with lab) 4
Basic Biology - choose one course  
BIO 105 - Introduction to Genetics 3
BIO 129 - Mammalian Physiology (with lab) 5
BIO 165 - Cell Biology 4
CHEM 130/131 - Biochemistry (with lab) 4
Behavioral Neuroscience - choose one course  
BIO 107/NSCI 127/PSY 127 - Behavior Genetics 3
NSCI 195 - Neurochemistry 3
PHAR 119 - Neuropharmacology 3
PSY 128 - Hormones and Behavior 3
Systems Neuroscience - choose one course  
PHIL 130 - Mind, Brains, and Computers 3
NSCI 195 - Functional Neuroanatomy 3
NSCI 195 - Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 3
PSY 122 - Sensation and Perception 3
Related Elective Courses - choose two courses: at least one upper-division  
BIO 114 - Evolution 3
BIO/CS 116 - Bioinformatics 3
BIO 127 - Histology 4
BIO/PHYS 132 - Medical Biophysics 3
CS 167 - Machine Learning 3
PSY 028 - Drugs and Behavior - note: this course 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
NSCI 090/091/190/191 - Independent Study 3
NSCI 195 - History of Neuroscience 3
NSCI 198 - Research Seminar 3
PHIL 140 - Neuroscience and the Law 3
Capstone - choose one of the following with the prior approval of both the advisor and instructor
 
NSCI 190C or 191C - Independent Study 3
NSCI 192C - Internship 3
NSCI 195 - History of Neuroscience 3
NSCI 198 - Research Seminar 3
Total 64

Neuroscience Minor

Course Credits
Basic Foundations of Neuroscience - complete all courses
NSCI 001 - Introduction to Neuroscience 3
NSCI 010 - Research Methods in Neuroscience (with lab) 3
BIO 012, 012L - General/Pre-Professional Biology I (with lab) 3,1
CHEM 001, 003 - General Chemistry I (with lab) 3,1
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
NSCI 195 - Functional Neuroanatomy 3
NSCI 195 - Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 3
NSCI 195 - Neurochemistry 3
PSY 122 - Sensation and Perception 3
PSY 128 - Hormones and Behavior 3
Advanced Laboratory and Application* - choose one course
NSCI 090/091/190/191 - 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
Total 24

 *Independent studies, research seminars, and internships count toward the 24 hours required for the minor but do not fulfill the course requirement of the Advanced Laboratory and Application section.


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