Admission to the Major

To be admitted to the Neuroscience program, students must obtain signatures of their academic advisor and the chair of the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Committee on their Declaration of Major form. Students should use this opportunity to discuss their proposed course of study with member of the Neuroscience committee, ensuring that the particular courses will be offered in the semesters proposed and that all of the major requirements will be met. Except in unusual cases, this application should be made no later than the end of the sophomore year.

Before registering for thesis, neuroscience majors must pass junior qualifying examinations in both biology and psychology. These two exams are usually completed in spring of the Junior year.

To select a thesis mentor and research project, seniors meet with faculty in each department to discuss possible topics before submitting three short thesis proposals (with at least one from each department) indicating primary thesis adviser and research topic. The Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Committee will verify that projects have sufficient neuroscience content and, while considering student preference to the extent possible, will assign a thesis adviser. 

Requirements for the Major (18 Reed Units)

  1. Biology Coursework (5 units)
    1. Biology 101 and 102
    2. Biology 381
    3. One Biology unit with lab from among Biology 372, 356, or 363.
    4. One full unit from among Biology 342, 351, or 431. (Lecture-Lab courses may be taken lecture only, but one full unit must be completed).
  2. Psychology Coursework (5 units)
    1. Psychology 121 and 122
    2. Psychology 333
    3. One "core" psychology course (Psychology 381, 373, 393, 366, 351, 361, 322)
    4. One psychology unit in neuroscience from among Psychology 336, 334, 330, 433, or 417.
  3. Chemistry (2 units)
    1. Chemistry 101 and 102
  4. Additional Science (2 units)
    1. Either Chemistry 202 and 202, or Physics 101 and 102
  5. Mathematics (2 units)
    1. Any two courses in mathematics. Biology 131 or Psychology 348 may be substituted for one mathematics course, but not both mathematics courses.
  6. Neuroscience 470 (Thesis) (2 units)
    1. Candidates must submit three brief proposals to the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Committee. At least one proposal must name a faculty adviser and project to be completed in Biology and one in Psychology.