Neuroscience Program

BS in Neuroscience

The bachelor of science in neuroscience is an interdisciplinary program emphasizing the relationship between the biology and chemistry of the nervous system and behavior of an organism. The BS in neuroscience prepares students for graduate-level study in both medical school and doctoral and master's-level programs in neuroscience and other health-related fields, and work in the neuroscience field.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.

Foundation Courses

Biology 1
BIOL 213 Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core) 4
Select one from the following: 2 3-4
BIOL 311
General Genetics
BIOL 326
Animal Physiology
BIOL 425
Human Physiology
BIOL 430
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 431
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Chemistry
CHEM 211
& CHEM 213
General Chemistry I (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 212
& CHEM 214
General Chemistry II (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)
4
Mathematics
Select one course (3 or 4 credits) from the following: 3-4
MATH 113
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)
MATH 114
Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 3
MATH 213
Analytic Geometry and Calculus III
Statistics
Select one course (3 or 4 credits) from the following: 3-4
BIOL 214
Biostatistics for Biology Majors
STAT 250
Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)
Statistics in Psychology
MATH 352
Statistics
Physics
Select one of the following sequences: 8
PHYS 243
& PHYS 244
& PHYS 245
& PHYS 246
College Physics (Mason Core)
and College Physics Lab (Mason Core)
and College Physics (Mason Core)
and College Physics Lab (Mason Core)
PHYS 160
& PHYS 161
& PHYS 260
& PHYS 261
University Physics I (Mason Core)
and University Physics I Laboratory (Mason Core)
and University Physics II (Mason Core)
and University Physics II Laboratory (Mason Core)
Psychology 1,4
PSYC 100 Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core) 3
PSYC 375 Brain and Sensory Processes 3
PSYC 376 Brain and Behavior 3
Computer Science
CDS 130 Computing for Scientists (Mason Core) 3
Core Courses in Neuroscience 1
NEUR 327 Cellular, Neurophysiological, and Pharmacological Neuroscience 3
NEUR 335 Molecular, Developmental, and Systems Neuroscience 3
Technical Writing 1
NEUR 410 Current Topics in Neuroscience 3
or NEUR 411 Seminar in Neuroscience
Required Psychology Lab Course 1
PSYC 373 Physiological Psychology Laboratory 1
Total Credits 51-54
1

Students must earn a minimum grade of 1.67 (C-) in these courses. Either course fulfills the writing intensive requirement.

2

The course chosen to fulfill this requirement cannot be applied to the 24 credits of approved neuroscience electives.

3

Students intending to pursue a doctorate in neuroscience or a medical degree are advised to take MATH 114 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II.

4

Transfer students who have earned transfer credit for PSYC 372 Physiological Psychology may substitute this course for PSYC 375 Brain and Sensory Processes.

Electives

Students should consult with an advisor to choose appropriate elective courses, which must be approved by the director of the program. A sample of possible electives is given below. Students may apply no more than 6 credits of courses with a grade of D to this requirement.

Students intending to pursue a doctorate in neuroscience or a medical degree are advised to take CHEM 313 Organic Chemistry and CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry Lab I.

Select 24 credits from the following: 24
BENG 101
Introduction to Bioengineering
BENG 313
Physiology for Engineers
BIOL 305
& BIOL 306
Biology of Microorganisms
and Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory
BIOL 311
General Genetics
BIOL 326
Animal Physiology
BIOL 417
Selected Topics in Molecular and Cellular Biology (when topic is Foundations of the Mammalian Brain)
BIOL 420
Vaccines
BIOL 425
Human Physiology
BIOL 430
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 431
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 452
Immunology
BIOL 453
Immunology Laboratory
BIOL 471
Evolution
BIOL 483
General Biochemistry
BIOL 484
Eukaryotic Cell Biology
BIOL 515
Developmental Neurobiology
CDS 301
Scientific Information and Data Visualization
CHEM 313
& CHEM 315
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 314
& CHEM 318
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
CHEM 321
Quantitative Chemical Analysis
CHEM 333
Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences I
CHEM 334
Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences II
CHEM 463
& CHEM 465
General Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Lab
CHEM 464
General Biochemistry II
MATH 114
Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
MATH 203
Linear Algebra
MATH 213
Analytic Geometry and Calculus III
MATH 214
Elementary Differential Equations
RS: Laboratory Methods in Behavioral Neuroscience
Current Topics in Neuroscience (when not used to fulfill the technical writing requirement) 1
Seminar in Neuroscience 1
NEUR 440
Independent Study in Neuroscience
NEUR 450
Honors Thesis Proposal
NEUR 451
Honors Thesis
PHYS 262
University Physics III (Mason Core)
PHYS 263
University Physics III Laboratory (Mason Core)
Principles of Learning
Sensation, Perception, and Information Processing
Cognitive Psychology
Current Topics in Brain and Behavior
Total Credits 24
1

Fulfills the writing intensive requirement.

Mason Core and Elective Credits

In order to meet a minimum of 120 credits, this degree requires an additional 42-45 credits which may be applied toward any remaining Mason Core requirements (outlined below), Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees, and elective courses. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisors to ensure that they fulfill all requirements.

Mason Core

Note: Some Mason Core requirements may already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed above. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisors to ensure they fulfill all remaining Mason Core requirements.

Foundation Requirements
Written Communication 6
Oral Communication 3
Quantitative Reasoning 3
Information Technology 3-7
Core Requirements
Arts 3
Global Understanding 3
Literature 3
Natural Science 7
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Western Civilization/World History 3
Synthesis/Capstone Requirement 1
Synthesis/Capstone 3
Total Credits 40
1

minimum 3 credits

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