Neuroscience Program

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Major Description

Neuroscience is the study of the neural underpinnings and consequences of mind and behavior.  Scholarship in neuroscience often locates itself at the intersection of philosophical approaches to the mind and empirical approaches to the brain and behavior.  The neuroscience curriculum at Muhlenberg has been designed to highlight those resonances and counterpoints among the 'traditional' disciplines of biology, chemistry, math, psychology and philosophy in order to yield new perspectives on the roots of behaviorand consciousness.  The major provides students the opportunity to develop strong foundational training in neuroscience within the context of the liberal arts.  Given the broad curriculum, faculty scholarly expertise, and the many opportunities for faculty-student research collaborations, neuroscience majors are especially prepared for careers in academia, industry, or the clinic.

The neuroscience major requires 15 courses distributed in the Neuroscience Program and the affiliated academic departments of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Philosophy, and Psychology.

1. Four (4) core courses in neuroscience

  • NSC 201 – Mind and Brain
  • NSC 310 – Brain and Behavior
  • NSC 311 – Neurons and Networks
  • NSC 401 – Advanced Seminar in Neuroscience

2. Eight (8) cognate courses

  • BIO 150, 151, and 152 – Principles of Biology I, II, and III
  • CHM 103 and 104 – General Chemistry I and II
  • MTH 121 – Calculus I
  • PHL 328 – Philosophy of Mind
  • PSY 101 – Introduction to Psychology

3. Three (3) electives in neuroscience. At least 2 lists must be
represented.


    List A
  • Cell Biology I (BIO 205)
  • Genetics (BIO 215)
  • Biochemistry (BIO 220)
  • Developmental Biology (BIO 240)
  • Comparative Anatomy (BIO 245)
  • General Physiology (BIO 250)
  • Ethology (BIO 265)
  • Cell Biology II (BIO 405)
  • Molecular Biology (BIO 412)
  • Physiological & Behavioral Ecology (BIO 460)
    List B
  • Phenomenology (PHL 229)
  • Philosophy of Science (PHL 237)
  • Philosophy of Language (PHL 327)
  • Epistemology (PHL 331)
  • Metaphysics (PHL 332)
    List C
  • Learning and Behavior (PSY 201)
  • Social Psychology (PSY 202)
  • Personality Psychology (PSY 203)
  • Sensation and Perception (PSY 207)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSY 213)
  • Cognitive Processes (PSY 301)
  • Psychopharmacology (PSY 318)
    List D
  • States of Consciousness (NSC 301)
  • Neuroscience Research/ Independent Study (NSC 970)