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Neuroscience B.S. Degree Requirements

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Your major requirements will depend on when you entered UD (your "Catalog Year").

Students have the option of changing to a subsequent Catalog Year (e.g., if requirements become more lenient after you start at UD, you may request to switch to the more lenient requirements). Please contact the Director of Advising for more information.

To see the requirements for Catalog Year 2009, click here.

To see the requirements for Catalog Years beginning 2010-2012, click here.

To see the requirements for Catalog Years 2013-2014, click here and download a degree checklist here.

To see the requirements for Catalog Years 2015-2017, click here and download a degree checklist here.

Download the Degree Checklist for your own records:

Neuroscience BS Checklist Catalog Year 2017 and later

A sample Neuroscience B.S. 4-year plan

Catalog Year 2017 and later
University RequirementsCredits
English 110 (need a C-)
ENGL 110 will be taken by all students as freshmen. ENGL 110 must be completed by the time a student has earned 60 credits. Students who transfer into the College of Arts and Sciences with 45 credits or more must complete this requirement within two semesters. Transfer students who have completed college-level courses in research writing should check the English Department to see if they qualify for exemption.
Multicultural Course (MCC; need a D-)3
First Year Experience (FYE)1
Discovery Learning Experience (DLE)3
University Breadth Requirements
Need at least a C- in each course (may not be taken pass/fail). University Breadth courses must be taken from four different subject areas.  Students in a single major may NOT satisfy these with courses from their major area.
          --Creative Arts and Humanities3
          --History and Cultural Change3
          --Social and Behavioral Sciences3
​          --Mathematics, Natural Sciences, & Technology

​Capstone Experience   (new requirement for students entering UD in Fall 2017)

College of Arts & Sciences RequirementsCredits
Second Writing Course (need at least a C-)
Must have completed 60 credits first; Only the specific sections designated within each academic term will satisfy the second writing requirement.
Foreign Language (need a D-)
The number of courses depends on years of language taken in high school; must complete the intermediate level (107 or 112 or 214, depending on the language)
Math (need a D-)
Note that MATH 115, 117, 221, or 241 are the prereqs for PHYS201/202; premed students are encouraged to take MATH 221.
Arts & Sciences Breadth Requirements
Need at least a C- in each course (may not be taken pass/fail). Within each group, courses must be from at least two departments. Courses may count for both University and A&S breadth requirements when a course satisfies both (see the rules here).
          --Group A: Creative Arts and Humanities6
          --Group B: History and Cultural Change6
          --Group C: Social and Behavioral Sciences6
         --Group D: Mathematics, Natural Sciences, & Technology ​     (Satisfied with B.S. requirements) ​

Neuroscience Major Requirements     (need a C- for all major courses)Credits
Biological Sciences.  Take both:
    BISC207: Introductory Biology I (coreq: CHEM103 or CHEM107)                                4
    BISC208: Introductory Biology II (coreq: CHEM104 or CHEM108)                               
Related Sciences.  Take all four:
​    PHYS201: General Physics I ​4
​    PHYS202: General Physics II​4
​    CHEM103 or CHEM107: General Chemistry I​4
​    CHEM104 or CHEM108: General Chemistry II​4
​Neuroscience.  Take all three:
​    PSYC100: General Psychology​3
​         OR NSCI100: Psychological and Brain Sciences​3
​    PSYC209: Measurement and Statistics
MATH202, MATH205, STAT200, or SOCI301 are approved substitutions. If you received STAT200 credit through AP Statistics, you must still fulfill this requirement.​
If you are double majoring with Psychology, only 4 courses can count for both sets of requirements. Neuroscience majors may NOT minor in Psychology.
​    NSCI320: Introduction to Neuroscience​3
Core Courses (Group A). Select three from the following:​9
​    NSCI426: Advanced Neuroanatomy
    NSCI427: Advanced Neurophysiology
    NSCI428: Advanced Neuropharmacology
    NSCI429: Integrative Neuroscience I
​    NSCI430: Integrative Neuroscience II
​    NSCI433: Cognitive Neuroscience
​    NSCI438: Clinical Neuroscience
​    NSCI442: Social Neuroscience
​Free Electives.*  Select four from the following:​12
    PSYC310: Sensation and Perception
    PSYC312: Learning and Motivation
​    PSYC340: Cognition
​    NSCI368: Research
​    NSCI432: Developmental Neuroscience​
​    NSCI435: Hormones and Behavior
​    NSCI436: Nature vs Nurture
​    NSCI468: Research
​    BISC439: Developmental Neurobiology
​*Includes any additional NSCI course from the Core Courses (Group A) list.
​*Includes any other NSCI 200-400 level course.
​*Includes up to three of the following BISC courses:
BISC305: Cell Biology (formerly titled Cell Physiology)
BISC306: General Physiology
BISC401: Molecular Biology of the Cell
BISC403: Genetics and Evolutionary Biology
BISC315: Experimental Cell Physiology
BISC316: Experimental Physiology
BISC411: Experimental Microbiology of the Cell
BISC413: Advanced Genetics Laboratory

Please make sure you check the prerequisites for each of these BISC courses when planning your schedules. For example, BISC403 requires BISC207 and one semester of organic chemistry.

Total credits in the NSCI B.S. major: 54

Total credits to graduate: minimum 124 with a 2.0 GPA

Note: If you are double majoring with Psychology, only 4 courses can count for both sets of requirements. Neuroscience majors may NOT minor in Psychology.

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