Academic Programs Catalog

College of Natural Science

Interdepartmental Degree Programs

The College of Natural Science offers interdepartmental degree programs in biological science–interdepartmental; cell and molecular biology; earth science–interdepartmental; ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior; general science; genetics; genetics–environmental toxicology; human biology; neuroscience; and physical science–interdepartmental.  These programs are designed to serve students who wish to develop a broad background in the natural sciences.  Students who desire academic preparation in the natural sciences with emphasis in a single discipline should enroll in a departmental major.  The interdepartmental programs are not intended for this purpose.

Students interested in elementary education who wish to major in science should reference the section on MSU SUBJECT MATTER TEACHING MAJORS AND MINORS FOR TEACHER PREPARATION AND CERTIFICATION in the Department of Teacher Education section of this catalog.

 


Undergraduate Program


Biological Science-Interdepartmental

The biological science–interdepartmental major, which leads to the Bachelor of Science degree, is designed for persons who want a broad background in fields that comprise biological sciences and who want to understand the interrelationships among such fields.  This major is designed primarily for persons who plan to teach biological sciences in middle and secondary schools.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Science–Interdepartmental

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science–Interdepartmental.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Biological Sciences—Interdepartmental major is met by completing NSC 401.  That course is referenced in item 3.a. below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the following courses (30 credits):
    CEM 251 Organic Chemistry I 3
    CEM 252 Organic Chemistry II 3
    CEM 255 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
    CEM 262 Quantitative Analysis 3
    IBIO 341 Fundamental Genetics 4
    IBIO 355 Ecology 3
    IBIO 355L Ecology Laboratory (W) 1
    IBIO 445 Evolution (W) 3
    ISE 401 Science Laboratories for Secondary Schools (W) 4
    PSL 250 Introductory Physiology 4
    b. One of the following groups of courses (9 or 10 credits):
    (1) BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
    BS 162 Organismal and Population Biology 3
    BS 171 Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 2
    BS 172 Organismal and Population Biology Laboratory 2
    (2) BS 181H Honors Cell and Molecular Biology 3
    BS 182H Honors Organismal and Population Biology 3
    BS 191H Honors Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 2
    BS 192H Honors Organismal and Population Biology Laboratory 2
    (3) LB 144 Biology I:  Organismal Biology 4
    LB 145 Biology II:  Cellular and Molecular  Biology 5
    c. One of the following groups of courses (9 or 10 credits):
    (1) CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
    CEM 142 General and Inorganic Chemistry 3
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    CEM 162 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
    (2) CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry  4
    CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry 3
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    CEM 162 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
    (3) CEM 181H Honors Chemistry I 4
    CEM 182H Honors Chemistry II 4
    CEM 185H Honors Chemistry Laboratory I 2
    (4) LB 171 Principles of Chemistry I 4
    LB 171L Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    LB 172 Principles of Chemistry II 3
    LB 172L Principles of Chemistry II-Reactivity Laboratory 1
    d. One course from group (1) and one course from group (2) (6 to 8 credits):
    (1) MTH 124 Survey of Calculus I 3
    MTH 132 Calculus I 3
    MTH 152H Honors Calculus I 3
    LB 118 Calculus I 4
    (2) MTH 126 Survey of Calculus II 3
    MTH 133 Calculus II 4
    MTH 153H Honors Calculus II 3
    LB 119 Calculus II 4
    STT 201 Statistical Methods 4
    STT 231 Statistics for Scientists 3
    STT 351 Probability and Statistics for Engineering 3
    STT 421 Statistics I 3
    e. One of the following groups of courses (8 or 10 credits):
    (1) PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
    PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
    PHY 191 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, I 1
    PHY 192 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, II 1
    (2) PHY 191 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, I 1
    PHY 192 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, II 1
    PHY 193H Honors Physics I–Mechanics 4
    PHY 294H Honors Physics II–Electromagnetism 4
    (3) PHY 231 Introductory Physics I 3
    PHY 232 Introductory Physics II 3
    PHY 251 Introductory Physics Laboratory I 1
    PHY 252 Introductory Physics Laboratory II 1
    (4) LB 273 Physics I 4
    LB 274 Physics II 4
    f. One of the following, either (1) or (2) (8 credits):
    (1) Two of the following courses:
    BMB 401 Comprehensive Biochemistry 4
    IBIO 408 Histology 4
    IBIO 425 Cells and Development (W) 4
    (2) Both of the following courses:
    MMG 301 Introductory Microbiology 3
    MMG 302 Introductory Laboratory for General and Allied Health Microbiology 1
    One of the following courses:
    BMB 401 Comprehensive Biochemistry 4
    IBIO 408 Histology 4
    IBIO 425 Cells and Development (W) 4
    g. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    PLB 301 Introductory Plant Physiology 3
    PLB 418 Plant Systematics 3
    PLB 434 Plant Structure and Function 4
    PLP 405 Plant Pathology 3


Earth Science - Interdepartmental (this program is in moratorium Spring 2017 through Fall 2020)

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences administers the earth science—interdepartmental major, which leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. The major is designed for persons who want a broad background in geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy and who want to understand the interrelationships among these fields. The general earth science concentration is designed primarily for persons who plan to teach earth science in  middle and secondary schools. The meteorology/atmospheric sciences concentration is designed primarily for persons who plan to enter a graduate program in meteorology/atmospheric sciences.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Earth Science—Interdepartmental

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Science—Interdepartmental.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Earth Science—Interdepartmental major is met by completing Geological Sciences  401 for the General Earth Science concentration and Geography 403 for the Meteorology/Atmospheric Sciences concentration. Those courses are referenced in item 3. c. below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the following courses (21 credits):
    AST 207 The Science of Astronomy 3
    GEO 203 Introduction to Meteorology 3
    GLG 201 The Dynamic Earth 4
    GLG 303 Oceanography 4
    GLG 304 Physical and Biological History of the Earth 4
    MTH 132 Calculus I 3
    b. One of the following groups of courses (8 credits):
    (1) CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
    CEM 142 General and Inorganic Chemistry 3
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    (2) CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4
    CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry 3
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    c. One of the following concentrations (28 to 38 credits):
    General Earth Science (28 to 30 credits)
    (1) Both of the following courses: 
    GLG 321 Mineralogy and Geochemistry 4
    GLG 401 Plate Tectonics 4
    (2) One of the following courses:
    MTH 133 Calculus II 4
    STT 200 Statistical Methods 3
    STT 201 Statistical Methods 4
    STT 231 Statistics for Scientists 3
    STT 421 Statistics I 3
    (3) One of the following groups of courses:
    (a) PHY 231 Introductory Physics I 3
    PHY 232 Introductory Physics II 3
    PHY 251 Introductory Physics Laboratory I 1
    PHY 252 Introductory Physics Laboratory II 1
    (b) PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
    PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
    (4) One of the following courses:
    GEO 306 Environmental Geomorphology 3
    GLG 412 Glacial and Quaternary Geology 4
    (5) A minimum of 6 credits from the following courses:
    AST 303 Planetary System Astronomy 3
    AST 312 Observational Astronomy 1
    ENT 319 Introduction to Earth System Science 3
    GEO 402 Agricultural Climatology 3
    GEO 405 Weather Analysis and Forecasting 4
    GEO 409 Global Climate Change and Variability 3
    GEO 424 Advanced Remote Sensing 4
    GLG 411 Hydrogeology 3
    GLG 421 Environmental Geochemistry 4
    GLG 422 Aquatic and Marine Organic Geochemistry (W) 3
    GLG 434 Evolutionary Paleobiology 4
    PLB 335 Plants Through Time 3
    Meteorology/Atmospheric Sciences (35 to 38 credits):
    (1) All of the following courses:
    GEO 403 Dynamic Meteorology (W) 3
    GEO 405 Weather Analysis and Forecasting 4
    MTH 133 Calculus II 4
    MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus 4
    MTH 235 Differential Equations 3
    PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
    PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
    (2) One of the following courses:
    GEO 402 Agricultural Climatology 3
    GEO 409 Global Climate Change and Variability 3
    The course selected to meet this requirement may also satisfy requirement (3) below.
    (3) Three of the following courses:
    GEO 324 Remote Sensing of the Environment 4
    GEO 402 Agricultural Climatology 3
    GEO 409 Global Climate Change and Variability 3
    GLG 411 Hydrogeology 3
    GLG 412 Glacial and Quaternary Geology 4
    GLG 421 Environmental Geochemistry 4
    Geography 402 or 409 may also be used to satisfy requirement (2) above. 


Human Biology

The human biology major, which leads to the Bachelor of Science degree, is designed for persons who want a broad background in fields that comprise biological sciences and who want to understand the interrelationships among such fields.  This program is for persons who plan to pursue careers in the health care professions and for students who are interested in the biological sciences, but are not interested in a teaching option.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Biology

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Human Biology major is met by completing NSC 495.  That course is referenced in item 3. a. below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. One of the following groups of courses (9 or 10 credits):
    (1) BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
    BS 162 Organismal and Population Biology 3
    BS 171 Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 2
    BS 172 Organismal and Population Biology Laboratory 2
    (2) BS 181H Honors Cell and Molecular Biology 3
    BS 182H Honors Organismal and Population Biology 3
    BS 191H Honors Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 2
    BS 192H Honors Organismal and Population Biology Laboratory 2
    (3) LB 144 Biology I: Organismal Biology 4
    LB 145 Biology II: Cellular and Molecular Biology 5
    (4) LB 181H Honors Cell and Molecular Biology 3
    LB 182H Honors Organismal and Population Biology 3
    LB 191H Honors Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 2
    LB 192H Honors Organismal and Population Biology Laboratory 2
    b. All of the following courses (14 credits):
    CEM 251 Organic Chemistry I 3
    CEM 252 Organic Chemistry II 3
    CEM 255 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
    IBIO 341 Fundamental Genetics 4
    NSC 495 Capstone in Human Biology (W) 2
    c. One of the following, either (1) or (2) (4 or 8 credits): 4
    (1) PSL 310 Physiology for Pre-Health Professionals 4
    (2) PSL 431 Human Physiology I 4
    PSL 432 Human Physiology II
    d. One of the following, either (1) or (2) (4 or 6 credits):
    (1) BMB 401 Comprehensive Biochemistry 4
    (2) BMB 461 Advanced Biochemistry I 3
    BMB 462 Advanced Biochemistry II 3
    e. One of the following groups of courses (9 to 12 credits):
    (1) CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
    CEM 142 General and Inorganic Chemistry 3
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    CEM 162 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
    (2) CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4
    CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry 3
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    CEM 162 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
    (3) CEM 181H Honors Chemistry I 4
    CEM 182H Honors Chemistry II 4
    CEM 185H Honors Chemistry Laboratory I 2
    (4) LB 171 Principles of Chemistry I 4
    LB 172 Principles of ChemistryII 3
    LB 171L Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    LB 172L Principles of Chemistry II - Reactivity Laboratory 1
    f. One course from each of the following groups (6 to 8 credits):
    (1) MTH 124 Survey of Calculus I 3
    MTH 132 Calculus I 3
    MTH 152H Honors Calculus I 4
    LB 118 Calculus I 4
    (2) MTH 126 Survey of Calculus II 3
    MTH 133 Calculus II 4
    MTH 153H Honors Calculus II 4
    LB 119 Calculus II 4
    STT 201 Statistical Methods 4
    STT 231 Statistics for Scientists 3
    STT 351 Probability and Statistics for Engineering 3
    STT 421 Statistics I 3
    g. One of the following groups of courses (8 or 10 credits):
    (1) PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
    PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
    PHY 191 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, I 1
    PHY 192 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, II 1
    (2) PHY 191 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, I 1
    PHY 192 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, II 1
    PHY 193H Honors Physics I–Mechanics 4
    PHY 294H Honors Physics II–Electromagnetism 4
    (3) PHY 231 Introductory Physics I 3
    PHY 232 Introductory Physics II 3
    PHY 251 Introductory Physics Laboratory I 1
    PHY 252 Introductory Physics Laboratory II 1
    (4) PHY 241 Physics for Cellular and Molecular Biologists I 4
    PHY 242 Physics for Cellular and Molecular Biologists II 4
    PHY 251 Introductory Physics Laboratory I 1
    PHY 252 Introductory Physics Laboratory II 1
    (5) LB 273 Physics I 4
    LB 274 Physics II 4
    h. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    BLD 434 Clinical Immunology 3
    MMG 409 Eukaryotic Cell Biology 3
    MMG 413 Virology 3
    MMG 451 Immunology 3
    i. At least 12 credits from the following courses:
    ANP 441 Osteology and Forensic Anthropology 4
    BLD 204 Mechanisms of Disease 3
    BLD 324 Hematology and Hemostatis 3
    BLD 416 Clinical Chemistry 4
    BLD 434 Clinical Immunology 3
    IBIO 408 Histology 4
    IBIO 425 Cells and Development (W) 4
    IBIO 450 Cancer Biology (W) 3
    IBIO 483 Environmental Physiology (W) 4
    EPI 390 Disease in Society: Introduction to Epidemiology and Public Health 4
    KIN 310 Physiology Bases of Physical Activity 3
    KIN 330 Biomechanics of Physical Activity 3
    MMG 301 Introductory Microbiology 3
    MMG 302 Introductory Laboratory for General and Allied Health Microbiology 1
    MMG 404 Human Genetics 3
    MMG 409 Eukaryotic Cell Biology 3
    MMG 413 Virology 3
    MMG 431 Microbial Genetics 3
    MMG 451 Immunology 3
    MMG 461 Molecular Pathogenesis 3
    MMG 463 Medical Microbiology 3
    NEU 300 Neurobiology 3
    NSC 496 Directed Study in Human Biology 1 to 3
    NSC 497 Internship in Human Biology 1 to 3
    NSC 498 Research in Human Biology 1 to 3
    PHM 350 Introductory Human Pharmacology 3
    PHM 431 Pharmacology of Drug Addiction 3
    PHM 450 Introduction to Chemical Toxicology 3
    With the approval of the director of the human biology major, credits in research or independent study courses may be used to satisfy this requirement.
    Courses used to fulfill requirement 3. h. may not be used to fulfill requirement 3. i.
    j. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    ANTR 350 Human Gross Anatomy for Pre-Health Professionals 3
    IBIO 320 Developmental Biology 4
    IBIO 328 Comparative Anatomy and Biology of  Vertebrates 4


Neuroscience

The Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience is for students who wish to pursue a career in which a broad-based knowledge of the structure and function of the nervous system is necessary, including careers in research, education, healthcare or business. It is also intended for those students who seek admission to graduate study in neuroscience or health-related professional schools. In addition to core requirements, students can concentrate in cellular and developmental neuroscience; behavioral and systems neuroscience; or cognitive neuroscience.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Neuroscience
 

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate  Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Neuroscience major is met by completing Neuroscience 311L.  That course is referenced in item 3. below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement. Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The  requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
a. One of the following pairs of courses (5 or 6 credits):
(1) CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
(2) CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4
CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
(3) CEM 181H Honors Chemistry I 4
CEM 185H Honors Chemistry Laboratory I 2
(4) LB 171 Principles of Chemistry I 4
LB 171L Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I 1
b. One of the following pairs of courses (6 credits):
(1) CEM 251 Organic Chemistry I 3
CEM 252 Organic Chemistry II 3
(2) CEM 351 Organic Chemistry I 3
CEM 352 Organic Chemistry II 3
c. One of the following pairs of courses (6 or 8 credits):
(1) PHY 231 Introductory Physics I 3
PHY 232 Introductory Physics II 3
(2) PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
(3) PHY 193H Honors Physics I-Mechanics 4
PHY 294H Honors Physics II-Electromagnetism 4
(4) LB 273 Physics I 4
LB 274 Physics II 4
d. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
MTH 124 Survey of Calculus I 3
MTH 132 Calculus I 3
MTH 152H Honors Calculus I 3
LB 118 Calculus I 4
e. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
STT 201 Statistical Methods 4
STT 231 Statistics for Scientists 3
STT 421 Statistics I 3
f. Both of the following courses (8 credits):
BMB 401 Comprehensive Biochemistry 4
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology 4
g. One of the following groups of courses (8 or 9 credits):
(1) BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
BS 162 Organismal and Population Biology 3
BS 171 Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 2
(2) BS 181H Honors Cell and Molecular Biology 3
BS 182H Honors Organismal and Population Biology 3
BS 191H Honors Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 2
(3) LB 144 Biology I: Organismal Biology 4
LB 145 Biology II: Cellular and Molecular Biology 5
h. One of the following groups of courses (4 or 8 credits):
(1) PSL 310 Physiology for Pre-Health Professionals 4
(2) PSL 431 Human Physiology I 4
PSL 432 Human Physiology II 4
i. All of the following courses (8 credits):
NEU 301 Introduction to Neuroscience I 3
NEU 302 Introduction to Neuroscience II 3
NEU 311L Neuroscience Laboratory (W) 2
j. One course from each of the following groups of courses (6 or 7 credits):
(1) PHM 350 Introductory Human Pharmacology 3
PHM 431 Pharmacology of Drug Addiction 3
PHM 480 Special Problems 3
(2) IBIO 341 Fundamental Genetics 4
MMG 409 Eukaryotic Cell Biology 3
k. Complete 15 credits in courses from one of the following concentrations:
Cellular and Developmental Neuroscience
IBIO 341 Fundamental Genetics 4
IBIO 343 Genetics Laboratory 3
IBIO 425 Cells and Development (W) 4
MMG 404 Human Genetics 3
MMG 409 Eukaryotic Cell Biology 3
NEU 416 Development of the Nervous System Through the Lifespan 3
NEU 420 Neurobiology of Disease 3
NEU 425 Computational Modeling in Neuroscience 3
NEU 435 Ion Channels of Excitable Membranes 3
NEU 440 Synaptic Transmission 3
NEU 490 Special Problems in Neuroscience 1 to 3
NEU 492 Special Topics in Neuroscience 1 to 3
PHM 422 Fundamentals of Neuropharmacology 3
PHM 431 Pharmacology of Drug Addiction 3
PHM 480 Special Problems 1 to 3
PLB 400 Introduction to Bioinformatics 3
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics 409, IBIO 341 or PHM 431 may not be used for requirement 3. j. (2) and this concentration. No more than 3 credits each of NEU 490 and NEU 492 may count towards this requirement. Students must have approval from the Neuroscience academic advisor to earn credit in NEU 490, NEU 492, or PHM 480 for this concentration.
Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience
IBIO 313 Animal Behavior 3
IBIO 403 Integrative Neurobiology 3
NEU 416 Development of the Nervous System Through the Lifespan 3
NEU 420 Neurobiology of Disease 3
NEU 425 Computational Modeling in Neuroscience 3
NEU 490 Special Problems in Neuroscience 1 to 3
NEU 492 Special Topics in Neuroscience 1 to 3
PHM 431 Pharmacology of Drug Addiction 3
PHM 480 Special Problems 1 to 3
PSY 209 Brain and Behavior 3
PSY 310 Psychology and Biology of Human Sexuality 3
PSY 402 Sensation and Perception (W) 3
PSY 409 Psychobiology of Behavioral Development (W) 3
PSY 410 Neuroscience of Learning and Memory (W) 3
PSY 411 Hormones and Behavior (W) 3
PSY 413 Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience (W) 4
PSY 493 Issues in Psychology (W) 3
Pharmacology and Toxicology 431 may not be used for requirement 3. j. (1) and this concentration. No more than 3 credits each of NEU 490 and NEU 492 may count towards this requirement. Students must have approval from the Neuroscience academic advisor to earn credit in NEU 490, NEU 492, PHM 480, or PSY 493 for this concentration.
Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience
LIN 455 Neurolinguistics 3
LIN 463 Introduction to Cognitive Science 3
NEU 425 Computational Modeling in Neuroscience 3
NEU 490 Special Problems in Neuroscience 1 to 3
NEU 492 Special Topics in Neuroscience 1 to 3
PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHL 462 Philosophy of Mind 3
PSL 429 Biomedical Imaging Methods 3
PSY 200 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY 209 Brain and Behavior 3
PSY 301 Cognitive Neuroscience 3
PSY 401 Expertise and Skill (W) 3
PSY 402 Sensation and Perception (W) 3
PSY 410 Neuroscience of Learning and Memory (W) 3
PSY 493 Issues in Psychology (W) 3
No more than 3 credits each of NEU 490 and NEU 492 may count towards this requirement. Students must have approval from the Neuroscience academic advisor to earn credit in NEU 490, NEU 492, or PSY 493 for this concentration.

Physical Science - Interdepartmental

The physical science–interdepartmental major, which leads to the Bachelor of Science degree, is designed for persons who want a broad background in both physics and chemistry and to understand the interrelationships between these disciplines. This major is designed primarily for persons who plan to teach physics, chemistry and/or physical science in secondary schools.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in  Physical Science–Interdepartmental

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Science–Interdepartmental.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Physical Science—Interdepartmental major is met by completing Science and Mathematics Education 401.  That course is referenced in item 3. a. below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. One of the following courses (4 credits):  
      CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
      CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4
    b. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
      CEM 142 General and Inorganic Chemistry 3
      CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry 3
    c. All of the following courses (57 credits):  
      CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
      CEM 162 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
      CEM 251 Organic Chemistry I 3
      CEM 252 Organic Chemistry II 3
      CEM 255 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
      CEM 262 Quantitative Analysis 3
      CEM 383 Introductory Physical Chemistry I 3
      ISE 401 Science Laboratories for Secondary Schools (W) 4
      MTH 132 Calculus I 3
      MTH 133 Calculus II 4
      MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus 4
      MTH 235 Differential Equations 3
      PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
      PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
      PHY 191 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, I 1
      PHY 192 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, II 1
      PHY 215 Thermodynamics and Modern Physics 3
      PHY 431 Optics I 3
      PHY 440 Electronics 4
      An approved elective in chemistry or physics 3
    d. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
      BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
      ENT 205 Pests, Society and Environment 3
      PLB 105 Plant Biology 3
      PSL 250 Introductory Physiology 4
      ZOL 141 Introductory Human Genetics 3

 


Teacher Certification Options

The biological science–interdepartmental disciplinary major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree is available for teacher certification.

A biological science disciplinary minor is also available for secondary teacher certification.

Students who elect the biological science–interdepartmental disciplinary major or the biological science disciplinary minor must contact the College of Natural Science.

The earth science–interdepartmental disciplinary major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree is available for teacher certification.

An earth science disciplinary minor is also available for secondary teacher certification.

Students who elect the earth science–interdepartmental disciplinary major or the earth science disciplinary minor must contact the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

The physical science–interdepartmental disciplinary major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree is available for secondary teacher certification.

Students who elect the physical science–interdepartmental disciplinary major must contact the College of Natural Science.

For additional information, refer to the statement on TEACHER CERTIFICATION in the Department of Teacher Education section of this catalog.


Graduate Study


Cell and Molecular Biology - Master of Science

This program provides theoretical and practical training in cell and molecular biology to prepare students for a variety of professional positions in academia, industry or government.

Admission

Most students enter the Master of Science degree program in cell and molecular biology with the goal of eventually obtaining a Ph.D. degree. However, students with limited research experience or specific deficiencies in their undergraduate training may be admitted to this program to obtain additional experience.  Applicants will be considered by the Cell and Molecular Biology admissions committee, and in general the criteria for admission are similar to those of the Ph.D. program (an undergraduate major in biological science, acceptable GPA and GRE scores, and letters of recommendation).

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and the College of Natural Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Cell and Molecular Biology

Students in the M.S. program in Cell and Molecular Biology must complete a total of 30 credits for the degree under either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis). These credits must include core courses in molecular biology, cell biology, and genetics. Detailed course and other requirements are specified in the cell and molecular biology graduate manual.

For a Plan A master’s degree, students must complete a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 10 credits of Cell and Molecular Biology 899, Master’s Research. They must also prepare a written thesis, complete a final research seminar, and pass an oral examination.

For a Plan B master’s degree, student may complete a maximum of 8 credits of Cell and Molecular Biology 890, Independent Study. They must also complete a final report and pass an oral examination.



Cell and Molecular Biology - Doctor of Philosophy

The interdepartmental Doctor of Philosophy degree program with a major in cell and molecular biology is administered by the College of Natural Science.  Students may elect to complete the requirements for a second major, in addition to the requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in cell and molecular biology.

The educational objectives of the program are to provide doctoral  students with fundamental knowledge and research skills so that they may become independent and self–educating scholars. 

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Natural Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program with a major in cell and molecular biology, an applicant must have taken the Graduate Record Examination General Test.

To be admitted to the doctoral program in cell and molecular biology, it is recommended that an applicant have:

  1. Completed a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree with a minimum grade–point average of 3.00.
  2. A broad background in biology, including courses in biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology.
  3. Completed at least one year of study in each of the following fields:  physics, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and mathematics through integral calculus.
  4. A grade of 3.0 or above in each science and mathematics course completed.
  5. Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test.

Applicants with deficiencies in academic preparation may be admitted provisionally, in which case they will be required to complete collateral courses.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Cell and Molecular Biology

The student must:

               
1. Complete all of the following courses (15 credits):  
  BMB 801 Molecular Biology and Protein Structure 4
  BMB 825 Cell Structure and Function 3
  CMB 800 Cell and Molecular Biology Seminar 3
  CMB 892 Research Forum 4
  One graduate course in scientific ethics 1
2. Complete one of the following courses (3 credits):  
  MMG 833 Microbial Genetics 3
  MMG 835 Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics 3
3. Complete a minimum of two additional graduate courses of at least 3 credits each that are related to the student's research.  
4. Complete a 10–week research rotation in the laboratory of each of three different members of the cell and molecular biology faculty during the first year of enrollment in the program.  
5. Pass the preliminary examination given at the end of the second year of graduate study.  
6. Successfully complete a minimum of two semesters as a teaching assistant in a department represented on the cell and molecular biology faculty.  The student's teaching assignment must be approved by the director of the doctoral program in cell and molecular biology.  

For additional information, contact the director of the doctoral program in cell and molecular biology, 153 Giltner Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824.



BioMolecular Science Gateway - First Year

Students are encouraged to apply for admission to the Ph.D. program through the BioMolecular Science Gateway – First Year, where students choose a doctoral major from any of six Ph.D. programs: biochemistry and molecular biology, cell and molecular biology, genetics, microbiology and molecular genetics, pharmacology and toxicology, or physiology. For additional information refer to the College of Natural Science section of this catalog.


Cell and Molecular Biology - Environmental Toxicology - Doctor of Philosophy

For information about the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in cell and molecular biology—environmental toxicology, refer to the statement on Doctoral Program in Environmental and Integrative Toxicological Sciences in the Graduate Education section of this catalog.

 


Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior - Dual Major

The interdepartmental dual major in ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior is administered by the College of Natural Science.  The dual major is  available only to those students who plan to complete a Ph.D. degree program that involves ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior and who have a graduate major at Michigan State University.  The student does not have the option of completing a dual major in ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior alone.

The educational objectives of the interdepartmental program are to:

  1. provide an opportunity for doctoral students to obtain a comprehensive and contemporary academic experience in the field of ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior.
  2. stimulate doctoral students with an interest in ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior to become sensitive to their professional obligations and responsibilities.
  3. develop an intellectual environment which will foster the growth of research and teaching in the area of ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior.

Students who are enrolled in the dual major in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior may elect an Interdepartmental Specialization in Cognitive Science. For additional information, refer to the statement on Interdepartmental Graduate Specializations in Cognitive Science in the College of Social Science section of this catalog. For additional information, contact the College of Natural Science.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the University and of the College of Natural Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

In order to enroll in the dual major in ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior a student must also have been admitted to a major at Michigan State University. A minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 and undergraduate mathematics through calculus are required for admission to the dual major.

The Graduate Admissions Committee, composed of members of the ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior faculty reviews applications for admission and recommends acceptance of applicants for admission.  In special cases an applicant who has deficiencies in background courses may be admitted to the dual major on a provisional basis.

Guidance Committee

During the first year of enrollment in the dual major, the student and a member of the ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior faculty who will serve as the student’s major professor will constitute a  guidance committee that will assist in planning the student’s program of study.  At least two members of the ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior faculty shall be members of the committee.  The student’s program of study will involve ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior and a major in the student's department.  The program shall be planned in accordance with the statement on Dual Major Doctoral Degrees in the Graduate Education section of this catalog.

Students in the dual major in ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior are expected to attend weekly seminars and to participate in the graduate student-organized research colloquium.

Requirements for the Dual Major in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior

  1. One 3-credit course in ecology at the 800-900 level from a list of approved courses available from the office of the ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior program.
  2. One 3-credit course in evolution at the 800-900 level from a list of approved courses available from the office of the ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior program.
  3. One 3-credit course in quantitative methods at the 800-900 level from a list of approved courses available from the office of the ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior program.
  4. Twenty-four credits in Doctoral Dissertation Research (course number 999) from the student's departmental major.
  5. Pass a comprehensive examination that will be defined by the requirements of the student's major department and that will include a written examination in which the student demonstrates a knowledge of ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior as determined by the guidance committee.
  6. Submit a dissertation that, in the judgment of the student’s guidance committee, represents the integration of ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior and the student’s departmental major.

Genetics - Master of Science

The primary purpose of the Master of Science in Genetics is to train students for a variety of careers in areas of genetics and genomics. The program also seeks to provide graduate students who are seeking the Ph.D. degree, state-of-the-art knowledge and skills to prepare them for careers in research and teaching.

Admission

Applicants will be considered for admission by the Genetics Admissions Committee. The criteria for admission include an undergraduate major in the biological sciences, acceptable grade-point average and GRE scores, a statement of objectives and three letters of recommendation. The Genetics Admissions Committee will also consider requests for students to transfer from the Doctor of Philosophy in Genetics to this program.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and the College of Natural Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Genetics

All students in the Master of Science in Genetics must earn at least 30 credits, of which a minimum of 20 credits must consist of course work and must include the core courses specified for the Ph.D. program. Detailed course work and other requirements are specified in the Student Handbook of the Genetics Program. For a Plan A (with thesis) degree, students must complete 4 to 10 credits of Genetics 899, Master’s Thesis Research, submit a written thesis, present a final research seminar and pass a final oral examination. For a Plan B (without thesis) degree, students must have earned at least 26 credits through course work, may receive a maximum of 4 credits for work completed in Genetics 899, Master’s Thesis Research, submit a final report and pass an oral examination.

 


Genetics - Doctor of Philosophy

The interdepartmental Doctor of Philosophy degree program with a major in genetics is administered by the College of Natural Science. The objectives of the program are (1) to prepare the student for independent research and teaching, (2) to help the student to understand the nature and significance of genetics as a whole and to gain strength in related sciences, such as molecular biology and biochemistry, and (3) to enable the student to keep in the forefront of this continuously changing field.

Students may specialize in one area of genetics, but are required to familiarize themselves with all major areas of the discipline. Students may elect to complete the requirements for a second major, such as biochemistry, in addition to the requirements for the doctoral degree in genetics.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Natural Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

For regular admission a student must have a bachelor's degree with a grade–point average of 3.30, appropriate background in the biological and physical sciences, and approval of the Genetics Program Admissions Committee. In special cases an applicant who fails to meet the grade–point average requirement, or who has deficiencies in background courses, i.e., organic chemistry, physics, calculus, or biology, may be admitted on a provisional basis. Applicants admitted on a provisional basis must remove these deficiencies within one year of admission to the genetics program.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Genetics

The program of study is planned by the student in consultation with the major professor and a guidance committee. Specific courses in genetics, as well as courses in other areas considered relevant to the student's interests and chosen research area, are included in the program. Students in the program will write and defend a research dissertation which shows original treatment of an important research problem. A detailed description of the genetics program and of the research interests of the genetics faculty may be obtained by writing the Director of the Genetics Program, Michigan State University, Plant Biology Laboratories, 612 Wilson Road, Room S–352, East Lansing, MI 48824.

 


BioMolecular Science Gateway - First Year

Students are encouraged to apply for admission to the Ph.D. program through the BioMolecular Science Gateway – First Year, where students choose a doctoral major from any of six Ph.D. programs: biochemistry and molecular biology, cell and molecular biology, genetics, microbiology and molecular genetics, pharmacology and toxicology, or physiology. For additional information refer to the College of Natural Science section of this catalog.


Genetics - Environmental Toxicology - Doctor of Philosophy

For information about the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in genetics—environmental toxicology, refer to the statement on Doctoral Program in Environmental and Integrative Toxicological Sciences in the Graduate Education section of this catalog.

 


Medical Neuroscience - Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Medical Neuroscience is aimed at students who are currently working in the pharmaceutical or medical device industries and students interested in applying to graduate or professional school. It provides post-baccalaureate credentials and career development for students seeking to improve their academic profile or employment qualifications meeting the needs of both working professionals and full-time students. The certificate is available online only.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Medical Neuroscience, students must:

  1. have a bachelor’s degree in a biological science background.
  2. have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 2.5.
  3. write a reflective essay describing how the certificate will enhance their professional and personal development.
Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Medical Neuroscience

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits from the following courses:
1. Both of the following courses (6 credits):
NEU 841 Medical Neuroscience 3
NEU 846 Neurobiology of Nervous System Disorders 3
2. At least 6 credits from the following courses:
NEU 842 Neuroethics 2
NEU 843 Methods for Assessing the Nervous System 2
NEU 844 The Science and Ethics of Brain Interventions 2
NEU 847 Development of the Nervous System 3
PHM 431 Pharmacology of Drug Addiction 3

 

Molecular Plant Sciences - Dual Major

The interdepartmental dual major in molecular plant sciences is administered by the College of Natural Science.  The dual major is available only to those students who plan to complete a Ph.D. degree program that involves plant molecular biology and who have a graduate major at Michigan State University.  The student does not have the option of completing a dual major in plant molecular biology alone.

The educational objectives of the interdepartmental program are to prepare students to:

  1. function as independent scientists able to develop new knowledge and understanding about the molecular processes driving plant energy status, metabolism, growth, development, gene regulation, evolution, plant stress tolerance, and environmental interactions;
  2. devise and test informative hypotheses and apply key molecular and omics approaches to problems in these areas, and;
  3. engage in planning, performing, and management of independent and collaborative research and teaching.
In addition to meeting the requirements of the University and of the College of Natural Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

In order to enroll in the dual major in plant molecular biology a student must also have been admitted to a major at Michigan State University. A minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 and a sufficient background in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and/or computer science is required for admission to the dual major. In special cases, an applicant who has deficiencies in background courses may be admitted to the dual major on a provisional basis.

The Molecular Plant Sciences Graduate Admissions Committee composed of members of the molecular plant sciences faculty and the primary department/program admissions committee reviews applications for admission and recommends acceptance of applicants for admission. The application process is composed of two parts: a standard MSU application to the primary department/program of the student’s choice and a one-page description of the student’s interest in the molecular plant sciences program. Applicants suitable will be forwarded to the Plant Science Recruitment director for onsite interviews. Offer letters will be co-signed by the molecular plant sciences program and the student’s primary department.

Guidance Committee

During the first year of enrollment in the dual major, the student and a member of the molecular plant sciences faculty who will serve as the student’s major professor will constitute a guidance committee that will assist in planning the student’s program of study.  At least two members of the molecular plant sciences faculty shall be members of the committee along with two faculty members from the student’s primary department.  The student’s program of study will involve molecular plant sciences and a major in the student's department.  The program shall be planned in accordance with the statement on Dual Major Doctoral Degrees in the Graduate Education section of this catalog.

Students in the dual major in molecular plant sciences are expected to do research rotations in three laboratories, attend seminars and engage in other programmatic activities.

Requirements for the Dual Major in Molecular Plant Sciences
  1. The course requirements will be specified in a graduate handbook in consultation with the student’s major professor and guidance committee.
  2. Three graduate seminar courses in subjects relevant to molecular plant sciences.
  3. Twenty-four credits in Doctoral Dissertation Research (course number 999) from the student's departmental major.
  4. Pass a comprehensive examination that will be defined by the requirements of the student's major department and that will include a written examination in which the student demonstrates a knowledge of molecular plant sciences as determined by the guidance committee.
  5. Submit and defend a dissertation that, in the judgment of the student’s guidance committee, shows original treatment of an important scientific question.


 

Neuroscience and the Law - Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Neuroscience and the Law is designed to provide individuals working in law or social sciences fields with the scientific knowledge necessary to effectively, accurately, and ethically use neuroscientific evidence in a professional setting. The certificate will meet the needs of both working professionals and full-time students.  The certificate is available online only.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Neuroscience and the Law, students must:

  1. have a bachelor’s degree.
  2. have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 2.25.
  3. write a reflective essay describing how the certificate will enhance their professional and personal development.
Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Neuroscience and the Law

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits from the following courses:
1. Both of the following courses (5 credits):
NEU 840 Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience 3
NEU 892 Special Topics in Neuroscience and the Law 2
2. The following course (2 credits):
NEU 848 Foundations of Law and Legal Research 2
Students who have completed at least one year of law school are not required to complete this requirement for the certificate.
3. At least 5 to 7 credits from the following courses:
NEU 842 Neuroethics 3
NEU 843 Methods for Assessing the Nervous System 2
NEU 844 The Science and Ethics of Brain Interventions 2
NEU 845 Neuroscience of Drug Use and Human Disorders 3



 

Neuroscience - Master of Science

Several colleges and departments within Michigan State University cooperate in offering the interdepartmental Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree program with a major in neuroscience, which is administered by the College of Natural Science.  Students may elect to complete the requirements for a second major, in addition to the requirements for the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree in neuroscience.

Students who are enrolled in the master’s or doctoral degree program with a major in Neuroscience may also elect an Interdepartmental Specialization in Cognitive Science. For additional information, refer to the statement on Interdepartmental Graduate Specializations in Cognitive Science in the College of Social Science section of this catalog. For additional information, contact the College of Natural Science.

The major objective of the M.S. program is to provide sufficient theoretical and practical training in neuroscience to allow students to obtain professional level positions in academic, industrial, or governmental institutions.

Admission

Admission to graduate study in neuroscience is primarily to the doctoral program. Students are generally accepted for graduate study in neuroscience only if judged by a program committee to be qualified to complete the doctoral degree. However, under certain circumstances, the program may consider applications for admission to the Master of Science in Neuroscience from students who wish to earn a master’s degree in preparation for the doctoral degree. For consultation, contact the program director.

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science degree in Neuroscience an applicant should:

  1. have taken a broad spectrum of basic science courses.
  2. have a grade-point average of at least 3.0 in science and mathematics courses.

To be eligible for regular admission to the Master of Science degree in Neuroscience, an applicant must:

  1. have completed an undergraduate degree in a biological or physical science or a related discipline.
  2. have earned an overall grade-point average of 3.0.
  3. have the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test forwarded to the College of Natural Science.

Laboratory research experience is recommended, but not required. Applicants with deficiencies in academic preparation may be admitted provisionally, with the requirement that they complete collateral science courses during the first year of study; these collateral courses will not count toward the degree.

Admission decisions are made by the Neuroscience Program Graduate Affairs Committee.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and the College of Natural Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Neuroscience

The program is available under either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis). A total of 30 credits is required for the degree under either Plan A or Plan B. The student’s program of study must be approved by the student’s guidance committee. The student must meet the requirements specified below:

               
Requirements for Plan A and Plan B  
1. Complete all of the following courses (17 credits):  
  NEU 804 Molecular and Developmental Neurobiology 3
  NEU 806 Advanced Neuroscience Techniques Laboratory 3
  NEU 839 Systems Neuroscience 4
  PHM 827 Physiology and Pharmacology of Excitable Cells 4
  PSY 811 Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience 3
2. Complete one of the following courses (3 credits):  
  PHM 830 Experimental Design and Data Analysis 3
  PSY 815 Quantitative Research Design and Analysis in Psychology 3
3. Complete a minimum of 6 credits in Neuroscience 800 or 899. Plan A students must complete 4 credits of Neuroscience 899.  
4. Complete an additional 4 credits of elective courses related to the student’s research and approved by the student’s guidance committee. These credits may be earned in Neuroscience 800 or 899 if the student chooses.  
5. Complete a one semester laboratory rotation with each of two neuroscience faculty in the first year of study. Students will select the two laboratories in which they will rotate at the beginning of fall Semester based on discussions and mutual agreement with neuroscience faculty members.  

Additional Requirements for Plan A

Successful completion and defense of a thesis based on original research on an important problem in neuroscience in a seminar-based public forum.

Additional Requirements for Plan B

Successful completion and presentation of a research-based paper.



Neuroscience - Doctor of Philosophy

The program provides an opportunity for doctoral students to acquire both a broad and in-depth knowledge of the function of the nervous system.  The program is designed to:

  1. Make it possible for a doctoral student to obtain a comprehensive and contemporary academic experience in the field of neuroscience.
  2. Prepare students for their future professional obligations and responsibilities as scholars.
  3. Develop an intellectual environment that will foster the growth of research and teaching in the area of neuroscience.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Natural Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program with a major in neuroscience, an applicant should have:

  1. Completed a broad spectrum of basic science courses.
  2. A grade-point average of at least 3.0 in science and mathematics courses.
  3. Experience in laboratory research.

To be eligible for regular admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program with a major in neuroscience, an applicant must have:

  1. Completed an undergraduate degree in a biological, psychological, or physical science or in a related discipline.
  2. An overall grade-point average of at least 3.0.
  3. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test as judged by the faculty.

Admission decisions are made by the Neuroscience Program Admissions Committee. Applicants with deficiencies in academic preparation may be admitted provisionally, with the requirement that they complete collateral science courses during the first year of study; these collateral courses will not count toward the degree.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Neuroscience

The student must:

               
1. Complete all of the following courses:  
  NEU 800 Neuroscience Research Forum 4
  NEU 804 Molecular and Developmental Neurobiology 3
  NEU 806 Advanced Neuroscience Techniques Laboratory 3
  NEU 839 Systems Neuroscience 4
  NEU 890 Independent Study in Neuroscience 4
  NEU 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research 24
  PHM 827 Advanced Neurobiology 4
  PSY 811 Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience 3
2. Complete one of the following courses (3 credits):  
  PHM 830 Experimental Design and Data Analysis 3
  PSY  815 Quantitative Research Design and Analysis in Psychology 3
3. Complete in the first year of enrollment in the program a one-semester laboratory rotation (NEU 890) with each of two members of the faculty.  Each rotation is established by mutual agreement of the faculty member and the student.  
4. Pass the written comprehensive examination given at the end of the second year of enrollment in the program.  
5. Complete and orally defend a dissertation research proposal.  
6. Complete and defend a dissertation based on original research on an important problem in neuroscience.  
7. All students must complete Responsible Conduct of Research Training.  

The colleges and departments that are listed below cooperate in offering the interdepartmental Doctor of Philosophy degree program with a major in neuroscience:

Colleges
    Human Medicine
    Osteopathic Medicine
    Social Science
    Veterinary Medicine
Departments
    Anatomy (Division of)
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation
    Pharmacology and Toxicology
    Physiology
    Psychology
    Zoology

A detailed description of the Doctor of Philosophy degree program with a major in neuroscience and of the research interests of participating faculty may be obtained upon request from the Neuroscience Program Administrative Office, Giltner Hall, 293 Farm Lane, Room 108, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1317, or by visiting the Web site at  http://www.neuroscience.msu.edu.

 


Neuroscience - Environmental Toxicology - Doctor of Philosophy

For information about the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in neuroscience—environmental toxicology, refer to the statement on Doctoral Program in Environmental and Integrative Toxicological Sciences in the Graduate Education section of this catalog.


Quantitative Biology - Dual Major

The interdepartmental dual major in quantitative biology is administered by the College of Natural Science. The dual major is available only to those students who plan to complete a Ph.D. degree program that involves a research project and course work in quantitative biology and a major in one of the following departments that are affiliated with the interdepartmental program: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Chemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Epidemiology, Genetics, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Physics and Astronomy, Physiology, Plant Biology, Statistics and Probability, and Zoology. The student does not have the option of completing a major in quantitative biology alone.

The educational objectives of the interdepartmental program are to:

  1. provide an opportunity for doctoral students to obtain an interdisciplinary and contemporary academic experience in the field of quantitative biology.
  2. stimulate doctoral students with an interest in biological sciences to develop skills in chemical/physical or mathematical/computational approaches while encouraging doctoral students in the chemical, physical, mathematical, and computational sciences to apply their skills to solve biological problems.
  3. develop an intellectual environment that will foster the growth of research and teaching in the area of quantitative biology.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the department and college in which the student is enrolled, the student must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

In order to enroll in the dual major in quantitative biology a student must also have been admitted to a major in one of the affiliated departments. A minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 and undergraduate mathematics through calculus are required for admission to the dual major. Students may apply  to the quantitative biology program at any time prior to their preliminary exam.

Admission to the quantitative biology dual major is by approval of the quantitative biology recruiting committee and the graduate program director. In special cases, an applicant who has deficiencies in background courses may be admitted to the dual major on a provisional basis.

Guidance Committee

The student must select two mentors, typically one from a biological discipline and one from a chemical, physical, mathematical, computational, or engineering discipline. Both of these mentors will serve on the guidance committee.  At least two members of the student’s guidance committee must be members of the quantitative biology faculty. At least one member of the committee must be from a department or disciplinary program other than the one that administers the student’s disciplinary major. The student’s program of study will be planned in accordance with the statement on Dual Major Doctoral Degrees in the Graduate Education section of this catalog.

Requirements for the Dual Major in Quantitative Biology

               
 1.

At least two courses totaling a combined minimum of 5 credits that provide graduate training in biology to students in chemical/physical or mathematical/computational disciplines or that provide graduate training in chemical, physical, mathematical, or computational methods to those in the biological disciplines. The courses should be complementary to the student’s research, relevant to the goals of the quantitative biology program, and must be approved by the program director. Approved concentration areas include:  molecular biophysics, systems biology, ecological and evolutionary modeling, or genomics, bioinformatics, and computational biology.

 
2. Twenty-four credits in Doctoral Dissertation Research (course number 999) from one of the departments referenced above.  
3. Pass a comprehensive examination that will be defined by the requirements of the participating primary department and that will demonstrate appropriate knowledge of quantitative biology as determined by the guidance committee.  
4. Submit a dissertation that, in the judgment of the student’s guidance committee, represents the area of quantitative biology.  
5. Regularly attend and participate in quantitative biology sponsored seminars.