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Bachelor of Science degree with a major in neuroscience, minor in neuroscience.

Description of Program

Effective immediately, the neuroscience major is not available until further notice. [Addendum statement, added September, 2014: the neuroscience major resumed during the 2012-2013 academic year.] Students who have already declared a neuroscience major and first-year and transfer students who start the fall 2008 semester with a declared neuroscience major will fulfill the current major requirements.  However, while the program is being revised, Drake is not accepting additional majors.  Students wishing to become Neuroscience majors when the new program is available will fulfill the new major requirements in place at that time.

Students studying neuroscience at Drake University will be exposed to an interdisciplinary environment through coursework in physical and life sciences, close interaction 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. Moreover, it is important to note that courses that comprise the major are available to students majoring in other disciplines if the course prerequisites are met.

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 adviser to determine what path is best for them.

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 adviser to make appropriate course selections when options are available, thus the precise number of credit hours for the major will vary slightly.

Required Core Courses

  • BIO 12, 13 (General Biology)
  • PSY 1 (Introduction to Psychology)
  • Any two from:
    BIO 105 (Introduction to Genetics
    BIO 165 (Cell Biology
    BIO 129 (Mammalian Physiology
  • PSY 123 (Biological Basis of Behavior)
  • PHAR 119 (Topics in Neuropharmacology)
  • One of
    PSY 122 (Sensation and Perception)
    PSY 125 (Cognitive Psychology)
    Behavioral Endocrinology (number to be assigned)

Required Supporting Courses

  • MATH 20 (College Algebra) - Calculus preferred
  • CHEM 1/3,2/4 (General Chemistry)
  • CHEM 107/109;108/110 (Organic Chemistry)
  • PHY 11 (General Physics)
  • One of:
    PSY 15 (Research Methods and Statistics)
    PSY 10 (Introductory Statistics for Psychology)
    STAT 71 (Statistics)
    BIO 99 (Biological Research Methods)

Requirements for Minor

  • PSY 1
  • BIO 12, 13
  • PSY 11 or 15, STAT 71, or BIO 99
  • PSY 123 (Biological Basis of Behavior)
  • PSY 125 or 122 (Cognitive Psychology or Sensation and Perception)
  • PHAR 119 (Topics in Neuropharmacology)
  • BIO 105, 128, or 165 (Genetics, Physiology, or Cell Biology)

Most students pursuing a minor will do so to complement a major in psychology or biology, thus some of these courses will be earned in that context.

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