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Program Overview

318 Hitchcock

Neurobiology offers students an intense introduction to the study of nervous systems. Faculty in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine teach courses in the major. Students study the cellular and molecular properties of single nerve cells and the connections among them and learn how these properties determine animal behavior and human disease.

Undergraduate Program

318 Hitchcock, Box 355320
(206) 616-3982

The Neurobiology Program offers the following program of study:

  • The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in neurobiology

Bachelor of Science

Program Admission Requirements

  1. BIOL 180, BIOL 200, BIOL 220, with minimum 2.0 grade in each
  2. Completion of most supporting coursework in physics, math, and chemistry recommended (see specific course lists, below), with minimum 2.50 GPA in any such work completed at time of application
  3. Admission is competitive; meeting minimum standards guarantees consideration but not acceptance. Early application is encouraged and may increase chances for acceptance. Since the program uses rolling admission, there is no specific deadline for applying. See adviser for details about applying.

Major Requirements

Minimum 86 credits, as follows:
  1. Supporting coursework (minimum 48 credits):
    1. Chemistry: Pathway 1 -- CHEM 120, CHEM 220, CHEM 221; Pathway 2 (recommended) -- CHEM 142, CHEM 152, CHEM 162 (or CHEM 145, CHEM 155, CHEM 165); and CHEM 223, CHEM 224 (or CHEM 237, CHEM 238, CHEM 239) (or CHEM 335, CHEM 336, CHEM 337) (labs not required) (15 - 27 credits)
    2. Physics: Pathway 1 - PHYS 114, PHYS 115; Pathway 2 (recommended) - PHYS 121, PHYS 122. ( 8 to 10 credits)
    3. Mathematics: Two quarters of calculus (MATH 124, MATH 125, or MATH 144, MATH 145, or Q SCI 291, Q SCI 292) (10 credits)
    4. Introductory Biology (minimum 15 credits): BIOL 180, BIOL 200, BIOL 220 (15 credits)
  2. Introduction to Neurobiology (10 credits): NBIO 301, NBIO 302.
  3. Advanced courses in neurobiology (12 credits): NBIO 401, NBIO 402, NBIO 403, NBIO 404.
  4. Electives: Minimum 16 credits from a wide variety of 400-level courses in the biological sciences. See adviser for list of courses. Courses not listed may be allowed with permission of program director. Students may apply up to 7 credits of undergraduate research toward the 16 elective credits.

Student Outcomes and Opportunities

  • Learning Objectives and Expected Outcomes: Throughout the core sequence of neurobiology, students gain a deep understanding of the basic concepts of nervous system function and learn many of the basic techniques used to study nerve cells. Students also learn how to analyze neurophysiological data, and compose and present results. Graduates pursue careers in medicine, public health, education, pharmaceutical sales, computing, and graduate study.
  • Instructional and Research Facilities: Laboratories are required with introductory courses. (NBIO 301 and NBIO 302). The program offers state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for each course.
  • Honors Options Available: With College Honors (Completion of Honors Core Curriculum and Departmental Honors); With Honors (Completion of Departmental Honors requirements in the major). See adviser for requirements.
  • Research, Internships, and Service Learning: Most neurobiology students participate in undergraduate research with faculty from both the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine.
  • Program Scholarships: None offered.
  • Student Organizations/Associations: Beta Beta Beta, the honor society for biological study; Alpha Epsilon Delta, the national premedical honorary society.