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Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
Hassan H. Lopez
Associate Professor, Psychology
Office: Tisch 156
Telephone: (518) 580 - 5314

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT:
Carol Lloyd

Majors


NS Major for students who entered Skidmore prior to Fall 2014:

To fulfill the major, students must complete the following:

  1. Gateway course: NS 101 Neuroscience: Mind and Behavior
     
  2. Core courses:

BI 105 Biological Sciences I: Unity Of Life
BI 106 Biological Sciences II: Diversity Of Life
CH 105 Chemical Principles I and
CH 106 Chemical Principles II, or
CH 107H Intensive General Chemistry Honors, or
CH 125 Principles of Chemistry
PS 217 Statistical Methods in Psychology, or PS 202 Research Methods in Psychology I
PS 304 Physiological Psychology, or
PS 306 Experimental Psychology, or PS 203 Research Methods in Psychology II

  1. Integrative course: NS 277 Integrative Seminar In Neuroscience Research
     
  2. Elective courses:

    1. Choose three courses from the following set of 200-level electives.

      NS 201 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
      NS 212 Psychological Topics In Neuroscience
      NS 212 Topics in Neuroscience (New Title)
      NS 213 Biological Topics In Neuroscience
      PS 203 Research Methods in Psychology II *
      PS 213 Hormones and Behavior
      PS 218 Cognition
      PS 225 Perception
      PS 231 Neuropsychology
      PS 232 Introduction to Cognitive Science
      BI 242 Molecular Biology
      BI 244 Comparative Vertebrate Physiology
      BI 245 Principles Of Genetics
      BI 247 Cell Biology
      BI 251 Topics in Biology (when topic is appropriate for NS major)
      BI 252 Topics in Biology with Lab (when topic is appropriate for NS major)
      CH 222 Organic II
       
    2. Choose four courses from the following set of 300-level electives.

      NS 312 Advanced Psychological Topics in Neuroscience
      NS 312 Advanced Topics in Neuroscience (new title)
      NS 313 Advanced Biological Topics in Neuroscience
      NS 315 Mechanisms of Alzheimer’s Disease
      PS 304 Physiological Psychology *
      PS 314 Psychology of Reading
      PS 318H Advanced Statistics in Psychology
      PS 323 Psycholinguistics
      PS 327 Computational Methods in Psychology and Neuroscience
      PS 341 Seminar In Cognitive Neuroscience: Left brain/Right Brain
      BI 306 Mammalian Physiology
      BI 311 Biological Electron Microscopy or BI 368 - Advanced Light Microscopy
      BI 316 Animal Behavior
      BI 314 Neurodevelopment
      BI 342 Frontiers In Molecular Neuroscience
      BI 344 Biological Clocks
      BI 351 Topics In Biology (when topic is appropriate for NS majors)
      BI 352 Topics In Biology with Lab (when topic is appropriate for NS majors)
      CH 341 Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function With Lab
      CS 305 Design and Analysis of Algorithms
      CS 322 Artificial Intelligence

* Unless taken to fulfill the core requirement; see Section 2 above.

With the exception of NS 277, none of the courses that count toward the major may be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

NS Major - Effective for students who entered Skidmore in Fall 2014 and beyond:

To fulfill the major, students must complete the following:

  1. Core courses:

    NS 101: Neuroscience: Mind and Behavior
    NS 201: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
    BI 105: Biological Sciences I: Unity Of Life
    BI 106: Biological Sciences II: Diversity Of Life
    CH 125: Principles of Chemistry
    PS 202: Research Methods in Psychology I
     
  2. Advanced Research Methods Requirement: take one of the following classes*
    PS 203: Research Methods II
    PS 225B: Perception
    PS 304: Physiological Psychology
    PS 314: Psychology of Reading
    PS 327: Computational Methods in Psychology and Neuroscience
    BI 242: Molecular Biology
    BI 245: Principles of Genetics
    BI 247: Cell Biology
    BI 311: Biological Electron Microscopy
    BI 341: Neurodevelopment
    BI 344: Biological Clocks
    BI 368: Advanced Light Microscopy
    CH 341: Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function With Lab

    * If a course is taken to satisfy the Advanced Research Methods requirement, it cannot also be used to fulfill one of the elective requirements listed below.
     
  3. Integrative course: NS 277 Integrative Seminar In Neuroscience Research
     
  4. Elective courses:

    a. 200-level Electives: Take any three of the following courses

        NS 212: Topics In Neuroscience
        BI 242: Molecular Biology
        BI 244: Comparative Vertebrate Physiology
        BI 245: Principles of Genetics
        BI 247: Cell Biology
        PS 203: Research Methods in Psychology II
        PS 213: Hormones and Behavior
        PS 218: Cognition
        PS 225: Perception
        PS 231: Neuropsychology
        PS 232: Introduction to Cognitive Science
        CH 222: Organic II

    b. 300-level Electives: Take any four of the following courses

        NS 312: Advanced Topics in Neuroscience
        NS 315: Mechanisms of Alzheimer’s Disease
        BI 306 Mammalian Physiology
        BI 311 Biological Electron Microscopy
        BI 314 Neurodevelopment
        BI 316 Animal Behavior
        BI 342 Frontiers In Molecular Neuroscience
        BI 344 Biological Clocks
        BI 368 Advanced Light Microscopy
        PS 304 Physiological Psychology
        PS 314 Psychology of Reading
        PS 318H Advanced Statistics in Psychology
        PS 323 Psycholinguistics
        PS 327 Computational Methods in Psychology and Neuroscience
        PS 341 Seminar In Cognitive Neuroscience: Left brain/Right Brain
        CH 341: Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function With Lab
        CS 305: Design and Analysis of Algorithms
        CS 322: Artificial Intelligence

Recommendations and Advice

Tutorial project: Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in Introduction to Neuroscience Research (NS 275) and Research Experience in Neuroscience (NS 371) prior to completion of the Neuroscience major. These courses allow students to obtain valuable research experience by working directly with Neuroscience faculty. Highly motivated students may wish to pursue a senior tutorial project (NS 375/NS 376), which is a yearlong, intensive research thesis conducted in collaboration with a Neuroscience faculty. Generally speaking, majors should consider taking NS 275 in their sophomore and/or junior year, and NS 371 in their junior year as a prelude to senior research.

Advice on Choosing Electives: Students’ choices of electives (both within and beyond the requirements specified by the Neuroscience Major) may be guided by interests as well as professional goals. For example, in the Core course Chemical Principles I and II (CH 105/CH 106), students are introduced to fundamental concepts of chemistry that are necessary for understanding basic mechanisms in the neurosciences; students wishing to deepen this understanding are encouraged to take additional courses in chemistry, including organic chemistry and biochemistry. Examples of Projected Paths through the Major are intended as illustrations of groupings of electives informed by different kinds of interests and goals. For each illustration, suggestions are offered for electives within and beyond the major.

 

Projected Paths through the Major

Path 1: A Biobehavioral Neuroscience Focus

Within major: Consider these electives: BI 245 Principles Of Genetics, BI 316 Animal Behavior, BI 341 Neurodevelopment, BI 344 Biological Clocks, PS 213 Hormones and Behavior, PS 304 Physiological Psychology
Beyond major: Additional electives from Psychology (e.g., PS 223 Evolutionary Psychology) and Biology (e.g., BI 302 Behavioral Ecology, BI 324 Evolution, BI 370 Computer Modeling of Biological Systems).

Path 2: A Cellular/Molecular Focus

Within major: Consider these electives: BI 242 Molecular Biology, BI 245 Principles Of Genetics, BI 247 Cell Biology, BI 342 Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience.
Beyond major: Additional courses from Biology (BI 360 Gene Expression I: DNA Metabolism, BI 363 RNA Metabolism) and Chemistry (CH 221 Organic Chemistry I, CH 222 Organic Chemistry II and CH 341 Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function With Lab).

Path 3: A Cognitive Neuroscience Focus

Within major: Consider these electives: PS 231 Neuropsychology, PS 218 Cognition, PS 225 Perception, PS 314 Psychology of Reading, PS 323 Psycholinguistics, PS 341 Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience: Left Brain/Right Brain), BI 245 Principles of Genetics.
Beyond major: Additional courses from Computer Science (e.g., CS 106 Introduction to Computer Science I, CS 206 Introduction to Computer Science II) 

Path 4: A Cognitive Science Focus

Within major: Consider these electives: PS 218 Cognition, PS 225 Perception, PS 232 Introduction to Cognitive Science, PS 327 Computational Methods in Psychology and Neuroscience.
Beyond major: Additional courses from Computer Science (e.g., CS 106 Introduction to Computer Science I, CS 206 Introduction to Computer Science II, CS 306 Computability, Complexity, and Heuristics) and Philosophy (e.g., PH 241 Mind, Thought, and Consciousness)

Path 5: A Health Professions Focus

Within major: Consider these electives: PS 231 Neuropsychology, BI 242 Molecular Biology, BI 244 Comparative Vertebrate Physiology, BI 245 Principles Of Genetics, BI 247 Cell Biology, BI 306 Mammalian Physiology.
Beyond major: Additional courses from Chemistry (Organic Chemistry (CH 221 Organic Chemistry I, CH 222 Organic Chemistry II, CH 341 Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function With Lab), Physics (PY 207 General Physics I,  PY 208 General Physics II), Calculus (MA 111 Calculus I, MA 113 Calculus II) and English.

Note: Those students interested in pre-med and other health professions should consult with the Health Professions Advisory Committee for guidance in selecting courses.

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