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Neuroscience Concentration

Director: Julie Neiworth, Psychology

At Carleton, the neuroscience concentration weaves courses from biology and psychology together to provide a strong foundation. We recognize the broad spectrum of topics that neuroscience touches in our choice of electives, which come from many departments including linguistics, philosophy, computer science and music, as well as psychology and biology. Concentration students will have the opportunity at the end of their experience to interact with all relevant faculty and other students as a group in our capstone seminar, to apply what they learned in the concentration courses, and to discuss the more complex and exciting issues of neuroscience.

To start the process to declare a concentration, please print out the DECLARATION OF CONCENTRATION FORM by clicking here or on that link at the TOP RIGHT of this page. Your advisor and the current director need to sign it in order for you to become a concentrator in neuroscience officially.

To keep track of your progress in the concentration, please print out the NEUROSCIENCE PLANNING FORM by clicking here or on the link at the top right of this page.

TO FIND OUT WHEN COURSES ARE OFFERED, CLICK ON ANY ONE BELOW AND IT WILL BRING YOU TO THE REGISTRAR'S NEUROSCIENCE PAGE. FROM THERE YOU CAN SEE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS OF EACH CLASS AND WHEN IT IS OFFERED.

Requirements for the Concentration

Required Concentration Courses:

Note:These are the correct, updated requirements.  Some recently approved changes are not yet reflected in the registrar web site.  If in doubt contact Julie Neiworth (x4372).

There are 4 courses (together with the requisite labs, when specified) that are required as part of the concentration, including the capstone seminar. They are listed below:

Credits
Course #
Description
Lab
6 BIOL 125 OR BIOL 125 OR BIOL 126 Genes, Evolution, and Development  OR Genes, Evolution, and Development:a problem solving approach OR Energy Flow in Biological Systems Y
8 PSYC 216 Behavioral Neuroscience Y
8 BIOL 386 Neurobiology N
3 NEUR 395 Neuroscience Capstone Seminar N


Elective Courses:
Students must take three elective courses. Among these, students must choose at least one course directly related to neuroscience (those marked with an N) and at least one that is related and relevant to the field (marked with an R). It is important to note that the third elective must be outside the student’s major.

Credits
Course #
Description
Lab
8 BIOL 232 Human physiology (N) Y
8 PSYC 220 Sensation and Perception (R) Y
6 BIOL 240 Genetics (R) Y
6 BIOL 342 Animal developmental biology (R) Y
6 BIOL 365 Topics in neuroscience (N) N
6 BIOL 368 Developmental neurobiology (N) Y
6 BIOL 379 Behavioral genetics (N) N
6 CS 254 Automata and computability (R) N
6 CS 321 Artificial intelligence (R) N
6 LING 265 Language and brain (R) N
6 MUSC 227 Perception and cognition of music (R) N
6 PHIL 225 Philosophy of mind (R) N
6 PHYS 261 Medical physics (R) Y
6 PSYC 212 Comparative cognition (R) N
6 PSYC 218 Hormones and behavior (N) N
6 PSYC 260 Health psychology (R) Y
6 PSYC 263 Sleep and dreaming (R) N
6 PSYC 318 Psychopharmacology (N) N
6 PSYC 366 Cognitive neuroscience (N) N
6 PSYC 370 Neurobiology of motivated behaviors (N) N
6 PSYC 371 Evolutionary trends in cognition (R) N
6 PSYC 376 Neural plasticity (N) N
6 PSYC 379 Child and adolescent psychiatry (R) N
6 BIOL 364 Neurological Diseases and Disorders (N) N
6 PSYC 267 Clinical Neuroscience (N) N


For more information, please contact Julie Neiworth via email at jneiwort@carleton.edu or by phone at 222-4372.

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