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Neuroscience Specialization Track

The Neuroscience specialization track is ideal for students interested in the physical processes that give rise to mind and behavior. This track provides good preparation for students interested in medicine, neuroscience, behavioral medicine, and vision sciences, including ophthalmology and optometry. The coursework and research training within this track emphasize neuroimaging methods and the relationship between brain, perception, and behavior.

Faculty Advisors: Professors Kalanit Grill-Spector, Brian Knutson, Anthony Wagner, and Brian Wandell

Track Requirements

Required Courses

  • PSYCH 30---Introduction to Perception
  • PSYCH 45---Introduction to Learning and Memory
  • PSYCH 50---Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYCH 120---Cellular Neuroscience: Cell Signaling and Behaviors

Elective Psychology Courses

Students must take at least 4 of the following courses:

  • PSYCH 121---Ion Transport and Intracellular Messengers
  • PSYCH 154---Judgement and Decision Making
  • PSYCH 160---Seminar on Emotion
  • PSYCH 162---Brain Networks
  • PSYCH 168---Seminar on Emotion Regulation
  • PSYCH 169---Advanced Seminar on Memory
  • PSYCH 202---Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYCH 204A---Human Neuroimaginr Methods
  • PSYCH 204B---Computational Neuroimaging
  • PSYCH 206---Cortical Plasticity: Perception and Memory¬†
  • PSYCH 221---Applied Vision and Image Systems
  • PSYCH 232---Brain and Decision
  • PSYCH 235---Motivatin and Emotion
  • PSYCH 250---High-Level Vision
  • PSYCH 254---Affective Neuroscience
  • PSYCH 266---Current Debates in Learning and Memory
  • PSYCH 287---Brain Machine Interfaces

Approved Outside Courses*

Students must take at least 3 of the following courses:

  • BIO 150---Human Behavioral Biology
  • BIO 154---Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology
  • BIO 158---Developmental Neurobiology
  • BIO 109B---The Human Genome and Disease
  • CS 106A---Programming Methodology
  • NBIO 101---Social and Ethical issues in the Neurosciences
  • NBIO 206---The Nervous System
  • HUMBIO 89---Intro to Health Sciences Statistics
  • MATH 51---Linear Algebra, Multivariable Calculus, and Modern Applications
  • ME 341---Design Experiments

4 Units of Pre-Professional or Research Experience

Prior approval of a faculty track advisor is required.

1 Advanced Seminar

Prior approval of a faculty track advisor is required.

To declare Neuroscience as your specialization track, please fill out the declaration form, obtain signature approval from a track faculty advisor, and submit the signed form to the Student Services Office (Jordan Hall, room 100).

*The list of outside courses is by no means exhaustive. Students who feel a course falls within the domain of the Neuroscience Track should consult a faculty track advisor for approval.