Neuroscience Curriculum

Neuroscience is a joint-disciplinary AOC that pairs with ANY primary AOC (AOC/Neuroscience); six units of Neuroscience work; can double-count two units towards primary AOC.

Neuroscience Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of the Neuroscience joint-disciplinary concentration, students should be able to…

  • Explain how sensory, cognitive and motor phenomena are encoded by neural function from the cellular to systems level, and have some familiarity and comfort with the current techniques employed to study these phenomena.
  • Comprehend, analyze and critique contemporary scientific literature and debates in neuroscience
  • Develop hypotheses related to a scientific question in neuroscience, and design experiments to test the hypotheses
  • Clearly communicate scientific information in both written and oral forms
  • Analyze, interpret, and present quantitative data in neuroscience
  • Apply ethical reasoning to contemporary problems or debates in neuroscience

AOC requirements

Neuroscience is a joint-disciplinary AOC that pairs with ANY primary AOC (AOC/Neuroscience); six units of Neuroscience work; can double-count two units towards primary AOC.

Gateway Course: Introduction to the Discipline. Choose one:

  • Intro to Neuroscience
  • Biological Psychology

Breadth and Depth of Inquiry in Neuroscience:

  • Four intermediate or advanced Neuroscience courses
  • Must be spread across at least 2 disciplines (e.g. bio, psych, etc.)
  • Tutorials ok with approval from Neuro faculty

Experimental Skills in Neuroscience:

  • One Neuroscience laboratory course

Capstone understanding of Neuroscience:

  • Baccalaureate exam (One Neuroscience faculty on committee
  • Thesis project can (but does not need to) focus on Neuroscience

Courses for Fall 2019

Biology
Neurobiology
Neurobiology Laboratory

Psychology
Biological Psychology (Gateway)
Neuroscience of Sport and Exercise
Laboratory in Comparative Brain Connectivity

Medical Humanities
Broken Brains, Broken Souls: Patient Experiences in Neurology since 1800

SAMPLE PATHWAY TO COMPLETE AOC REQUIREMENTS

New College students must satisfy both the requirements of the Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC), New College’s general education program, and the specific requirements for the Area of Concentration (AOC). With so many opportunities each term, the pathway below is provided as an example of how a student could complete the requirements for graduation. We’ve put some checkpoints in place so that you make the most of your time at New College. Each term you’ll meet with a faculty advisor to discuss courses, tutorials, internships, or other academic experiences. Schedule a meeting with your faculty advisor to discuss which courses satisfy the LAC and which satisfy the AOC. Each student completes a Provisional AOC Plan in the fifth contract to select an AOC, and each student submits a Thesis Prospectus/AOC Form in the sixth contract.

A Sample Pathway for Neuroscience

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 1Possible first-year start with gateway course
Year 2Gateway course
Elective
Year 3ElectiveElective
Lab opportunity (one required)
Year 4Elective
Lab opportunity (one required)