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  Academic Programs / Liberal Arts

Neuroscience: Systems, Behavior & Plasticity

Dr. Diana S. Woodruff-Pak, Director
215-204-7321
821 Weiss Hall

pak@temple.edu

www.temple.edu/cla/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 53 required credits: 22 credits in Neuroscience, 6 credits in electives on neuroscience topics from a variety of participating departments, and 25 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.

 

Requirements for the Major

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Biology 1012 General Biology II 4 SB
Chemistry 1031/1033 General Chemistry I 4 SA
Chemistry 1032/1034 General Chemistry II 4 SB
Psychology 1071 Psychology as a Natural Science 3  
Psychology 1167 Foundations in Statistical Methods 3 QB
Psychology 2168 Inferential Methods in Psychology 3  
Psychology 2196 Scientific Thinking in Psychology 4 WI
Neuroscience 1051 Fundamentals of Neuroscience 3  
Neuroscience 2121 Development/Plasticity/Repair 3  
Neuroscience 2122 Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience 3  
Neuroscience 2222 Neurobiology of Disease 3  
Neuroscience 3087 Techniques in Neuroscience 3  
 
Choose one of the following courses: 3  
Psychology
Psychology
Psychology
2102
2501
2502
Evolutionary & Comparative Psychology
Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience
Foundations of Cognitive Neuroscience
   
 
Select two electives from the following list: 6-8  
CSC+DIS 3235 Human Neuroscience    
CSC+DIS 3382 Independent Study in Communication Sciences    
Philosophy 2144 Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind    
Psychology 3306 Neuroscience of Development & 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    
Neuroscience 4282 Independent Study    
Biology 3082 Independent Study    
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 & Magnetism    
 
Neuroscience 4197* Capstone Practicum (Clinical or Lab) 4 WI
Total     53-55  
*new course - pending approval

Note: Students completing the B.S. degree in the College of Liberal Arts are not required to complete the additional college Foreign Language/Global Studies requirement.  Students need only complete the World Society requirement of the General Education Program.

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

 

Specialization in Neuroscience

The Specialization in Neuroscience provides the opportunity for a student with a major in departments in the Colleges of Engineering, Health Professions, Liberal Arts, and Science and Technology to gain knowledge and research experience in neuroscience.  The student must apply for admission to the Neuroscience Program (application form is available on the Neuroscience web page). In order to complete the program successfully, a student must:

1. Complete three courses in neuroscience with a grade of B or better;
2. Complete one year of neuroscience research in the laboratory of a faculty member of the program;
3. Present the research results publicly;
4. Write a paper based on the research and have it approved by two faculty members participating in the Neuroscience Program.

“Specialization in Neuroscience” will be noted on the student’s transcript upon completion of the requirements.

 

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