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.

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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
Neuroscience, the interdisciplinary study of the brain and mind, intersects with many other academic disciplines. Neuroscience can be earned as a Joint- Disciplinary Area of Concentration, joined with a second Area of Concentration.

AOC requirements

Students concentrating in any discipline who wish to add Neuroscience as a joint disciplinary (“slash”) concentration (“X/Neuroscience”) will complete courses and educational experiences that include:

  • An orientation to the field of neuroscience, achieved through an introductory course such as Introduction to Neuroscience or Biological Psychology.
  • Gaining both depth and breadth of inquiry in neuroscience, achieved by completing four intermediate or advanced Neuroscience-related units (courses or tutorials) that span at least two disciplines (e.g. Biology, Psychology, etc.) Note that no more than two units may overlap between the Neuroscience join-disciplinary AOC and the requirements of the student’s primary AOC.
  • Becoming proficient in at least one neuroscience laboratory research methodology by completing at least one laboratory course in a neuroscience-related area such as Neurobiology lab, Laboratory in Brain Tractography, or Behavioral Endocrinology lab.

Additionally, it is highly recommended that students interested in neuroscience complete statistics and writing-intensive coursework if not already required by their primary AOC.

Because graduate programs in Neuroscience-related fields are diverse in their focus and prerequisites, students interested in graduate study in Neuroscience should work closely with their advisors to ensure that they have met all prerequisites for graduate programs of their choice, which may not be exactly the same as what is required to complete a Neuroscience slash.

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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

Note: **The four Neuroscience electives must be drawn from at least two disciplines. For example, 2+2 or 3+1 courses (over 2 disciplines), 2+1+1 courses (over 3 disciplines), etc. Also note that 2 units of overlap is allowed between Neuroscience and the student’s other AOC (AOC/Neuroscience)

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 1ISPPossible first-year start with gateway course
Year 2ISPNeuroscience Gateway course: Introduction to Neuroscience or Biopsychology
Intermediate or Advanced Neuroscience Elective 1**
Year 3Intermediate or Advanced Neuroscience Elective 2**ISPIntermediate or Advanced Neuroscience Elective 3**
Neuroscience Related Lab (1 required)
Year 4Intermediate or Advanced Neuroscience Elective 4**
Neuroscience Related Lab (1 required)

A Sample 2-Year, Transfer Pathway for Neuroscience

Note: **The four Neuroscience electives must be drawn from at least two disciplines. For example, 2+2 or 3+1 courses (over 2 disciplines), 2+1+1 courses (over 3 disciplines), etc. Also note that 2 units of overlap is allowed between Neuroscience and the student’s other AOC (AOC/Neuroscience)

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 3Intermediate or Advanced Neuroscience Elective 1**ISPNeuroscience Gateway Course: Introduction to Neuroscience or Biopsychology
Neuroscience Related Lab (1 required)Intermediate or Advanced Neuroscience Elective 2**
Year 4ISPIntermediate or Advanced Neuroscience Elective 4**