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Neuroscience - Cellular & Molecular

 

Dr. Shohreh Amini, Chair

Dr. Ed Gruberg, Advisor
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 319
215-204-9120
e.gruberg@temple.edu

Dr. Joel Sheffield, Advisor

Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 311
215-204-8839

jbs@temple.edu

www.temple.edu/biology/undergraduate/

 

The major in Neuroscience - Cellular & Molecular leading to a Bachelor of Science from the College of Science and Technology is designed to provide rigorous preparation in scientific knowledge at the molecular and cellular level to those students interested in pursuing advanced studies and professional development in neuroscience, medicine or a related field in life sciences.  In addition to neuroscience, graduates in the major will be well prepared for graduate or professional studies in cell or molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, biomedical sciences, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and many allied health fields.  Neuroscience graduates who do not pursue graduate studies will be prepared to accept technical positions in industry (pharmaceutical, biotech) or government and university laboratories.  Graduates will be ready to conduct research on a range of neuroscience and related topics at the level of cells or molecules, including nervous system function, development, disease or injury.

Major requirements

 

Bachelor of Science major Requirements

The following courses are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience:  Calculus I, II; General Chemistry I, II with labs; Organic Chemistry I, II with labs; calculus-based physics I, II; Biology 1111, 2112, 2296*, 3096, 3352, 3358, XXXX**; Neuroscience 1051; and four Neuroscience electives of which two must be within the College of Science & Technology.

 

Writing Intensive Requirement for Bachelor of science

Students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major.  Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement:  Biology 2296* and 3096.

*Pending writing-intensive course approval.

**Pending final course approval.  Contact your academic advisor for more information when applicable.

 

Year 1 - Fall Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry
1031
1033

1041
1043

1951
1953
General Chemistry I and
General Chemistry I Laboratory
     or
General Chemical Science I and
General Chemical Science I Laboratory
     or
Honors General Chemistry I and
Honors General Chemistry I Laboratory
3
1

3
1

3
1
SA
SA

SA
SA

SA
SA
Mathematics

Mathematics
1041

1941
Calculus I
     or
Honors Calculus I
4

4
QB

QB
Neuroscience 1051 Fundamentals of Neuroscience 3  
Subtotal     11  

 

Year 1 - Spring Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Biology

Biology
1111

1911
Introduction to Biology
          or
Honors Introduction to Biology  
4

4


SA
Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry
1032
1034

1042
1044

1952
1954
General Chemistry II and
General Chemistry II Laboratory
          or
General Chemical Science II and
General Chemical Science II Laboratory
          or
Honors General Chemistry II and
Honors General Chemistry II Laboratory
3
1

3
1

3
1
SB
SB

SB
SB

SB
SB
Mathematics

Mathematics
1042

1942
Calculus II
          or
Honors Calculus II
4

4
 
Subtotal     12  

 

Year 2 - Fall Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Biology

Biology
2112

2912
Introduction to Biology
          or
Honors Introduction to Biology  
4

4


SB
Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry
2201
2203

2211
2213

2921
2923
Organic Chemistry I and
Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
          or
Organic Chemistry for Majors I and
Organic Majors Laboratory I
          or
Honors Organic Chemistry I and
Honors Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
3
1

3
1

3
1






SA
SA
Subtotal     8  

Year 2 - Spring Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Biology 2296* Genetics 4 WI
Biology 3352 Systems Neuroscience 3  
Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry
2202
2204

2212
2214

2922
2924
Organic Chemistry II and
Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
          or
Organic Chemistry for Majors II and
Organic Majors Laboratory II
          or
Honors Organic Chemistry II and
Honors Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
3
1

3
1

3
1






SB
SB
Subtotal     11  

Year 3 - Fall Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Biology 3096 Cell Structure & Function 4 WI
Neuroscience**   Neuroscience Elective^ 3-4  
Physics 2021 General Physics I 4  
Subtotal     11-12  

Year 3 - Spring Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Biology 3358 Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience 3  
Neuroscience**   Neuroscience Elective^ 3-4  
Physics 2022 General Physics II 4  
Subtotal     10-11  

Year 4 - Fall Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Biology

Biology
XXXX**

XXXX**
Neuroscience Research
          or
Neuroscience Independent Study  
3

3
 
Neuroscience**   Neuroscience Elective^ 3-4  
Subtotal     6-7  

Year 4 - Spring Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Biology

Biology


Neuroscience Research
          or
Neuroscience Independent Study  
3

3
 
Neuroscience**   Neuroscience Elective^ 3-4  
Subtotal     6-7  

Credits in Coursework for B.S. in Neuroscience 75-79
General Education / Elective Credits 44-48
Total Credits for B.S. Degree 123

*Pending writing-intensive course approval.

**Pending final course approval.  Contact your academic advisor for more information when applicable.

 

^Neuroscience Electives

^Neuroscience Electives      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Students are required to take four advanced neuroscience electives from the following list.
Two of the electives must be within the College of Science & Technology (CST). 
Biology 3312 Biostatistics 3  
Biology 3325 Research Techniques in Molecular Biology 4  
Biology 3333 Advanced Techniques in Microscopy 4  
Biology 3334 Mammalian Physiology 4  
Biology 3354 Neural Basis of Animal Behavior 3  
Biology 3356 Organization & Development of the Nervous System 3  
Biology XXXX** Experimental Approaches to Neuroscience 4  
Biology 4375 General Biochemistry I 3  
C+IN SC XXXX** Neuroinformatics 3  
C+IN SC XXXX** Brain Image Analysis 3  
C+IN SC 1166^^ Mathematical Concepts in Computing I 4  
Communication Sciences & Disorders 3235~ Human Neuroscience 4  
Psychology 2501~ Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience 3  
Psychology 2502~ Foundations of Cognitive Neuroscience 3  
         
^^C+IN SC 1166 may be replaced with C+IN SC 1053 or C+IN SC 1066.  
~Non-CST courses.  

 

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