Undergraduate Degree - Neuroscience

Program:
Neuroscience
Program Code:
7111 Neuroscience
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Science
Start Term:
FS12


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Natural Science

Interdepartmental Degree Programs

Undergraduate Program
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.

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Neuroscience, BS (7111)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS17

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201
MTH3: 2 courses
At least 2 courses from MTH103, MTH101, MTH102

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Neuroscience - Chemistry
Major - Neuroscience - Chemistry: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
Gen/Des: 1. Gen/Des: 2 courses from CEM151, CEM161
GenChem: 2. GenChem: 2 courses from CEM141, CEM161
Honors: 3. Honors: 2 courses from CEM181H, CEM185H
Princ: 4. Princ: 2 courses from LB171, LB171L

Requirement 12: Major - Neuroscience - Organic Chemistry
Major - Neuroscience - Organic Chemistry: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
CEM Opt 1: 1. CEM Opt 1: 2 courses from CEM251, CEM252
Major - Neuroscience - Organic Chemistry: 2. CEM Opt 2: 2 courses from CEM351, CEM352

Requirement 13: Major - Neuroscience - Physics
Major - Neuroscience - Physics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
PHY Opt 1: 1. PHY Opt 1: 2 courses from PHY183, PHY184
PHY Opt 2: 2. PHY Opt 2: 2 courses from LB273, LB274
PHY Opt 3: 3. PHY Opt 3: 2 courses from PHY193H, PHY294H
PHY Opt 4: 4. PHY Opt 4: 2 courses from PHY231, PHY232

Requirement 14: Major - Neuroscience - Calculus
Major - Neuroscience - Calculus: 1 course from MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, LB118

Requirement 15: Major - Neuroscience - Statistics
Major - Neuroscience - Statistics: 1 course from STT201, STT231, STT421

Requirement 16: Major - Neuroscience - Comprehensive Biochemistry
Major - Neuroscience - Comprehensive Biochemistry: 1 course from BMB401

Requirement 17: Major - Neuroscience - Introductory Psychology
Major - Neuroscience - Introductory Psychology: 1 course from PSY101

Requirement 18: Major - Neuroscience - Biology
Major - Neuroscience - Biology: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
BS Opt 3: 1. BS Opt 3: 2 courses from LB144, LB145
BS Opt 2: 2. BS Opt 2: 3 courses from BS181H, BS182H, BS191H
BS Opt 1: 3. BS Opt 1: 3 courses from BS161, BS162, BS171

Requirement 19: Major - Neuroscience - Physiology
Major - Neuroscience - Physiology: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
PSL Opt 1: 1. PSL Opt 1: 1 course from PSL310
PSL Opt 2: 2. PSL Opt 2: 2 courses from PSL431, PSL432

Requirement 20: Major - Neuroscience - Introduction to Neuroscience I
Major - Neuroscience - Introduction to Neuroscience I: 1 course from NEU301

Requirement 21: Major - Neuroscience - Introduction to Neuroscience II
Major - Neuroscience - Introduction to Neuroscience II: 1 course from NEU302

Requirement 22: Major - Neuroscience - Neuroscience Laboratory (W)
Major - Neuroscience - Neuroscience Laboratory (W): 1 course from NEU311L

Requirement 23: Major - Neuroscience - Pharmacology and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Major - Neuroscience - Pharmacology and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from IBIO341, MMG409
At least 1 course from PHM350, PHM431, PHM480

Requirement 24: Major - Neuroscience - Concentration
Major - Neuroscience - Concentration: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Cognitive & Computational Neuroscience: 1. Cognitive & Computational Neuroscience: 15 credits from LIN455, LIN463, PHL462, PSL429, PSY200, PSY209, PSY301, PSY401, PSY402, PSY410, PSY493, NEU425, NEU490, NEU492, PHL101
Cellular and Developmental Neuroscience: 2. Cellular and Developmental Neuroscience: 15 credits from MMG404, MMG409, NEU420, IBIO341, IBIO343, IBIO425, NEU425, NEU416, NEU435, NEU440, NEU490, NEU492, PLB400, PHM422, PHM431, PHM480
Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience: 3. Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience: 15 credits from NEU420, PHM431, PHM480, PSY209, PSY310, PSY402, PSY409, PSY410, PSY411, PSY413, PSY493, IBIO313, IBIO403, NEU416, NEU425, NEU490, NEU492

Requirement 25: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses numbered at the 300 and 400 levels. See academic advisor.

Requirement 26: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 27: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.