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Neuroscience

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Bachelor of Science degree with a major in neuroscience.

Program Description

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 25 credits hours.

Requirements for Major

The curriculum for a BS 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.

General Requirements

Statistics (“C” grade or higher required): Psych 011 Introductory Statistics (4 credit hours with lab)

(Note: Bio 099 or both Stat 071 and 072 may substitute for Psych 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.)

General Biology (all courses required): Bio 12 General Pre-professional Biology I (4 credit hours with lab) Bio 13 General Pre-professional Biology II (4 credit hours with lab)

Chemistry (all courses required): Chem 1/3 General Chemistry I (4 credit hours with lab) Chem 2/4 General Chemistry II (4 credit hours with lab) Chem 97/98 Organic Chemistry I (4 credits with lab) Chem 108/110 Organic Chemistry II (4 credits with lab)

RELATED ELECTIVE courses (choose one): Psy 026 Human Evolutionary Psychology Psy 028 Drugs & Behavior (note: this course CANNOT substitute for Pharm 119) Psy 060 Principles of Behavior Psy 076 Abnormal Psychology NSCI 095 special topics in Neuroscience Bio 114 - Evolution Phil 140 Neuroscience & the Law

(Note: All RELATED ELECTIVE courses are 3 credit hours each.)

Core requirements

Basic foundations of neuroscience (all courses required with “C” grade or higher):Nsci 001 Introduction to Neuroscience (3 credit hours) Nsci 010 Research Methods in Neuroscience (3 credit hours with lab)

Advanced behavioral laboratory (choose one): Psy 123 Biological Basis of Behavior (4 credit hours with lab) Psy 125 Cognitive Psychology (4 credit hours with lab) Psyc 126 Comparative Psychology (4 credit hours with lab) Psy 120/121 Conditioning & Learning (4 credits with lab)

Applications of neuroscience (choose one): Psy 148 Psychology of Developmental Disabilities (3 credit hours) Psy 176 Advanced Psychopathology (3 credit hours)

Quantitative analysis (choose one): Psy 111 Advanced Statistics (4 credit hours with lab) Psy 133 Psychological Assessment (4 credit hours with lab) Math 50 Calculus I (4 credit hours)

Advanced neurobiological systems : (choose four with at least one from each cluster)

CLUSTER A Bio 129 Mammalian Physiology (5 credit hours with lab) Bio 165 Cell Biology (4 credit hours) Chem 130/131 Biochemistry (4 credits with lab)

CLUSTER B Bio 176 Neurophysiology (3 credit hours) Bio 105 Introduction to Genetics (3 credit hours)

CLUSTER C Pharm 119 Neuropharmacology (3 credit hours) Psy 128 Hormones & Behavior (3 credit hours) Psy 122 Sensation & Perception (3 credit hours)

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 190 or 191 Independent Study (3 credit hours) Nsci 192 Internship (3 credit hours) Nsci 195 Special Topics in Neuroscience Nsci 198 Research Seminar in Neuroscience (3 credit hours)

(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.)

Requirements for Minor

Basic foundations of neuroscience (both courses are required) Nsci 001 Introduction to Neuroscience (3 credit hours) Nsci 010 Research Methods in Neuroscience (3 credit hours with lab)

Statistics : Psy 011 Introductory Statistics (4 credit hours with lab)

(Note: Bio 099 or both Stat 071 and 072 may substitute for Psych 011.)

Basic biology : (both courses required) Bio 12 General Pre-professional Biology I (4 credit hours with lab) Bio 13 General Pre-professional Biology II (4 credit hours with lab)

Advanced laboratory course : (choose one) Psy 120/121 Conditioning & Learning (4 credits with lab) Psy 123 Biological Basis of Behavior (4 credit hours with lab) Psy 125 Cognitive Psychology (4 credit hours with lab) Psy 126 Comparative Psychology (4 credit hours with lab)

Advanced neurobiological systems : (choose one) Bio 176 Neurophysiology (3 credit hours) Pharm 119 Neuropharmacology (3 credit hours) Psy 128 Hormones & Behavior (3 credit hours) Psy 122 Sensation & Perception (3 credit hours) Nsci 195 Special Topics in Neuroscience

NOTE: a minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken at Drake U., and 3 of these must be upper division.

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