Seminars & Events

Friday, October 4, 2013: Dr. Laurie Ryan, SMCM '86 (National Institute on Aging) will speak on "Alzheimer's Disease: Targets and Treatments" at 3:00 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.

Monday, October 21, 2013: Dr. Greg Elmer (University of Maryland Baltimore) will speak on "Domains and Constructs in Motivation: Where Does the Habenula Fit In?" at 4:45 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195

Friday, October 25, 2013:  Dr. Terry Davidson (American University) will speak on "Why We Overeat and Become Obese?  It Could be What We Think!" at 3:00 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.

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Alumni Highlight

Dr. Gwen Calhoon '06 recently received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Maryland Baltimore, and was inducted into Nu Rho Psi.

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SMP Spotlight

Katie Gluskin and Jeff Haus present their SMP
Katie Gluskin and Jeff Haus, "Entorhinal Cortex Lesions, Habituation, and Latent Inhibition," 2013. Gluskin and Haus, the 2013 co-winners of the Neuroscience Award, infused a neurotoxin into the entorhinal cortex of rats to induce a lesion, and measured the resulting habituation and latent inhibition behavior within a fear conditioning paradigm.

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Requirements of the Cross-Disciplinary Minor in the Neurosciences

To successfully complete the cross-disciplinary minor in neuroscience, a student must satisfy the following requirements designed to establish breadth and depth of knowledge consistent with the goals of the neuroscience minor. 

1.  General College requirements (see "Curriculum" section)

  • Must include either CHEM 101 or CHEM 106. CHEM 106 is strongly recommended. [Meets Natural Sciences with Laboratory Core Curriculum requirement.]
  • Must take PSYC 101. [Meets Social Science Core Curriculum requirement.]

2.  All requirements in a major discipline of study

3.  At least 18 credit-hours in courses approved for the neurosciences, with a grade of C or above, including

        A. Required courses: 6 credit-hours

  • NEUR 201. Introduction to the Neurosciences (4S) [Meets Biological Science GEC requirement]
  • NEUR 301. Seminar in the Neurosciences (1E)
  • NEUR 303. Advanced Seminar in the Neurosciences (1E).

        B.  Elective courses: 12 credit-hours of upper-division elective credits selected from the following list.  Electives must originate from at least two different disciplines (e.g., BIOL, CHEM, NEUR, PSYC).

  • BIOL 305. Animal Behavior
  • BIOL 330. Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIOL 384. Sensory Biology
  • BIOL 419. Neurobiology
  • BIOL 436. Comparative Animal Physiology
  • BIOL 438. Cancer Cell Biology
  • CHEM 420. Biochemistry I
  • CHEM 425/BIOL 425. Biochemistry II
  • NEUR 302.  Directed Research in the Neurosciences OR SMP in neuroscience OR internship in neuroscience
  • PSYC 312. Sensation and Perception OR PSYC 326. Perception with Laboratory
  • PSYC 314. Drugs, Brains, and Behavior
  • PSYC 322/422. Biological Psychology
  • Upper-level Special Topics Courses specifically approved for the Neurosciences

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