About the Program
Associate Professor David Nichols, Coordinator
A concentration in neuroscience will offer students an opportunity to learn about theory and research on the brain and nervous system from a number of perspectives. Students will come to understand how developments in biology, psychology, chemistry and related fields alter knowledge and research techniques in the other fields.
- The Psychology Department houses the concentration, but it is designed to be compatible with majors in biology, chemistry and health and human performance because neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field.
- Students from any major may graduate with a concentration in Neuroscience by successfully completing at least six units from the specified courses below and earning a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.
- In accordance with the general rules applicable to all concentrations, at least three courses must be used just for the concentration that are not being used for completion of a student's major and at least three courses in the concentration must be completed at Roanoke College.
Required Courses (4):
All students must complete the following four courses.
- NEUR/PSYC 330 Principles of Neuroscience
- NEUR/PSYC 430 Research Seminar: Neuroscience OR NEUR 405, 406, or 407 Independent Study in Neuroscience
- An introductory BIOL course:
- BIOL 190 Exploring Unity in Biology
- BIOL 106 Human Biology (HHP majors only)
- An introductory CHEM or PHYS course:
- CHEM 111 General Chemistry: Foundations I
- CHEM 117 General Chemistry: Advanced Principles and Applications I
- PHYS 102 Introductory Physics for Life Sciences
- PHYS 103 Fundamental Physics I
- PHYS 201 Newtonian Mechanics
Students must also take two electives from the list below.
- NEUR/PSYC 335 Neuropsychology
- NEUR 339 Topics in Neuroscience
- PSYC 332 Drugs and Behavior
- PSYC 336 Sensation and Perception
- BIOL 210 Cell Biology
- BIOL 260 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
- BIOL 305 Principles of Physiology
- BIOL 420 Developmental Biology
- CHEM 340 Pharmaceutical Chemistry
- CHEM 341 Biochemistry I
- HHP 317 Neuromechanics (orig. HHP 306 Motor Behavior)
- MATH 332 Applied Differential Equations
- PHYS 410 Biophysics