Neuroscience Concentration (OLD)

About the Program

Assistant Professor David Nichols, Coordinator

IMPORTANT: The requirements listed below are ONLY for students declaring their major prior to Spring 2015. Also, due to changes to the major, please see Course Information for new course numbering.

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, no more than three courses from a student's major may apply to the concentration 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 330 Principles of Neuroscience
BIOL 120 Principles of Biology OR
BIOL 105 Human Biology (HHP majors only)
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I
NEUR 430 Research Seminar: Neuroscience OR
NEUR 405, 406, or 407 Independent Study in Neuroscience

Electives (2):
Students must also take two electives from the list below.
NEUR 340 Topics in Neuroscience
PSYC 270 Drugs and Behavior
PSYC 350 Sensation and Perception
PSYC 360 Neuropsychology
BIOL 210 Cell Biology
BIOL 260 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 305 Principles of Physiology
BIOL 420 Developmental Biology
CHEM 240 Pharmaceutical Chemistry
CHEM 341 Biochemistry I
HHP 306 Motor Behavior