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.


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.







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.


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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