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Neuroscience: Systems, Behavior & Plasticity

 


Thomas Gould
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www.cla.temple.edu/neuroscience/

A major in Neuroscience enables students to pursue a curriculum in several departments, colleges, and schools at Temple University in one of the most dynamic areas of science. Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field addressing neural and brain function at multiple levels. It encompasses a broad domain that ranges from molecular genetics and neural development, to brain processes involved in cognition and emotion, to mechanisms and consequences of neurodegenerative disease. The field of neuroscience also includes mathematical and physical principles involved in modeling neural systems and in brain imaging. The undergraduate, interdisciplinary Neuroscience Major will culminate in a Bachelor of Science degree. Many high-level career options within and outside of the field of neuroscience are open to students with this major. This is a popular major with students aiming for professional careers in the health sciences such as in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, and veterinary science. Students interested in graduate school in biology, chemistry, communications science, neuroscience, or psychology are also likely to find the Neuroscience Major attractive.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience includes 52-54 required credits: 25 credits in Neuroscience, 6-8 credits in electives on neuroscience topics from a variety of participating departments, and 21 credits of co-requisite courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology. Students majoring in Neuroscience will be strongly encouraged to participate in research by taking courses in independent study as part of their elective credits for the major. Independent study opportunities will be offered in many of the laboratories of the more than 130 neuroscientist faculty members in the various colleges and schools participating in Temple University’s Neuroscience Program.

Distinction in Neuroscience Major

Majors in Neuroscience: Systems, Behavior, Plasticity have the opportunity to be awarded departmental distinction upon graduation. Graduation with Distinction can be achieved by maintaining a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better in all Neuroscience Courses, completing two semesters of Independent Study in Neuroscience (Neuroscience 4182 & 4282) with an A- or better, and successfully completing a neuroscience research project based on the independent study work and described in a research paper and poster presented to Neuroscience Program faculty and students. 

 

Requirements for the Major

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Biology 1012 General Biology II 4  
Chemistry 1031/1033 General Chemistry I and Lab 4  
Chemistry 1032/1034 General Chemistry II and Lab 4  
Psychology 1001 Introduction to Psychology 3  
Psychology 1003 Statistics for Psychology 3  
Neuroscience 1051 Fundamentals of Neuroscience 3  
Neuroscience 2001 Functional Neuroanatomy 3  
Neuroscience 2121 Development/Plasticity/Repair 3  
Neuroscience 2122 Cellular Neuroscience 3  
Neuroscience 2222 The Neurobiology of Disease 3  
Neuroscience 3087 Techniques in Neuroscience 3  
Neuroscience 3096 Conducting Neuroscience Research 3 WI
Neuroscience 4197 Capstone in Neuroscience 4  
 
Choose one of the following courses: 3  
Psychology
Psychology
2501
2502
Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience
Foundations of Cognitive Neuroscience
   
 
Select two electives from the following list: 6-8  
Communication Sciences & Disorders 3235 Human Neuroscience    
Communication Sciences & Disorders 3382 Independent Study in Communication Sciences    
Philosophy 2144 Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind    
Neuroscience 3000 Current Topics in Neuroscience    
Neuroscience 4182 Independent Study in Neuroscience 1    
Neuroscience 4282 Independent Study in Neuroscience 2    
Psychology 2102 Foundations of Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology    
Psychology 3306 Neuroscience of Development and Aging    
Psychology 3561 Psychopharmacology    
Psychology 3566 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory    
Psychology 4182 Independent Study in Cognitive Neuroscience I    
Psychology 4282 Independent Study in Cognitive Neuroscience II    
Biology 3082 Independent Research II    
Biology 3096 Cell Structure & Function   WI
Biology 3352 Systems Neuroscience    
Biology 3354 Neural Basis of Animal Behavior    
Biology 3356 Organization & Development of the Nervous System    
Chemistry 3881 Cooperative Research    
Chemistry 4107 Drug Analysis    
Physics 3301 Electricity and Magnetism    
 
Total     52-54  

 

Please note: Students pursuing the BS degree in Neuroscience are not required to complete the CLA collegiate Foreign Language/Global Studies requirement.  Neuroscience majors must only complete the GenEd requirement of one World Society course.

Students should check prerequisites for all courses.

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses.

Neuroscience Research Minor

The Neuroscience Research Minor expands opportunities for Temple students to get research experience and to become more competitive in their applications to graduate and professional schools. The required courses in the Neuroscience Research Minor focus on basic neuroscience, cellular and molecular neuroscience, and techniques. In addition to formal coursework, independent study resulting in a research project is required. The Neuroscience Research Project is a unique project developed over two semesters of independent study. The project is submitted in written form (research article format) and is presented to Neuroscience faculty members and graduate students as a poster. This project may not overlap with projects for other programs (e.g., Honors).  Because of some overlap in coursework, the students must choose to minor in either the Neuroscience Research or the Cognitive Neuroscience minor.

Requirements for the Minor

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Four required courses:
Neuroscience 1051 Fundamentals of Neuroscience 3  
Neuroscience 2122 Cellular Neuroscience 3  
Neuroscience 2001 Functional Neuroanatomy 3  
Neuroscience 3096 Conducting Neuroscience Research 3 WI
 
Select two electives from the course offerings below: 6-7  
Neuroscience 2121 Development/Plasticity/Repair    
Neuroscience 2222 The Neurobiology of Disease    
Neuroscience 3000 Current Topics in Neuroscience    
Neuroscience 3087 Techniques in Neuroscience    
Neuroscience 4182 Independent Study in Neuroscience 1    
Neuroscience 4282 Independent Study in Neuroscience 2    
Psychology 2501 Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience    
Psychology 2502 Foundations of Cognitive Neuroscience    
Psychology 3141 Neurobiology and Evolution of Social Behavior    
Psychology 3306 Neuroscience of Development and Aging    
Psychology 3561 Psychopharmacology    
 
Total     18-19  

 

Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plan

 

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812, or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Subtotal      14  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
Neuroscience 1051 Fundamentals of Neuroscience 3  
Psychology 1001 Introduction to Psychology 3  
Biology 1012 General Biology II 4  
Subtotal      16-17  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Neuroscience 2001 Functional Neuroanatomy 3  
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Elective 3  
Psychology 1003 Statistics for Psychology 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
Neuroscience 3096 Conducting Neuroscience Research 3 WI
Chemistry 1031/1033 General Chemistry I and Lab 4 *
Neuroscience 2121 Development/Plasticity/Repair 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
Chemistry 1032/1034 General Chemistry II and Lab 4 *
Neuroscience 2122 Cellular Neuroscience 3  
Neuroscience 2222 The Neurobiology of Disease 3  
Psychology 2501
  or
2502
Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience
      or
Foundations of Cognitive Neuroscience
3  
Subtotal      16  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Neuroscience 3087 Techniques in Neuroscience 3  
See Above 2000+ One Elective From the Approved List 3-4  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Subtotal      15-16  
 
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Neuroscience 4197 Capstone in Neuroscience 4 WI
See Above 2000+ One Elective From the Approved List 3-4  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3-4  
Subtotal      16-18  
         
Degree Total 123  
 
*Chemistry 1031/1033 and 1032/1034 fulfill the GenEd Science & Technology requirement.
Prerequisite for Chemistry 1031 is Mathematics 1021 with a C or better or placement into Mathematics 1022.

 

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