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. This application should be made no later than the end of the sophomore year.

Before registering for thesis, neuroscience majors must pass the neuroscience junior qualifying examination. This exam is usually completed in spring of the Junior year, but is offered at alternative times for students who are abroad or otherwise unable to complete the exam at the regularly scheduled time.

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.
  2. Psychology Coursework (5 units)
    1. Foundations in Psychological Science
      • PSY 101 (Foundations Lecture)
      • PSY 101 CL (Concept Lab)
      • PSY 101 AL (Applied Lab)
        Note that Foundations Lecture is taken in conjunction with Concept Lab and Applied Lab.
      • Two of the following Psychological Science Lab Modules:
        • Psy 200 (Health Psychology)
        • PSY 201 (Brain and Behavior)
        • Psy 210 (Applied Measurement)
        • PSY 202 (Cognitive Neuroscience)
        • PSY 203 (Learning and Comparative)
        • PSY 204 (Educational Psychology)
        • PSY 205 (Psycholinguistics)
        • PSY 206 (Psychopathology)
        • PSY 207 (Social Psychology)
        • PSY 208 (Cognition)
        • PSY 209 (Psychology of Music)
    2. Psychology 333
    3. One "core" psychology course (Psychology 324, 381, 373, 393, 366, 351, 361, 322)
    4. One psychology unit from among Psychology 336, 334, 330, 433, 417, 337, 342, 217, or any additional “core” course in psychology (besides the core course used to fulfill 2.c.).
  3. Chemistry (2 units)
    1. Chemistry 101 and 102
  4. Additional Science (2 units)
    1. Either Chemistry 201 and 202, or Physics 101 and 102
  5. Mathematics (2 units)
    1. Any two courses in mathematics or computer science. (Biology 131 or Psychology 348 may be substituted for one course, but not for both 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.