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Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
 
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Bachelor of Science with Major in Neuroscience and Behavior

 

Background

The Department of Psychology and the Department of Biological Sciences jointly administer the Neuroscience and Behavior major. The major provides undergraduate preparation for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in all areas of neuroscience and/or behavioral biology, or in pursuing professional degrees in medicine or veterinary medicine. The student elects an emphasis in Behavioral Neuroscience, Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, or Ethology and Comparative Psychology. Qualified students are strongly encouraged to become involved in neuroscience-related research projects (normally via a Directed Independent Study or special research course). A minimum of 120 total credits (including degree and university mandated courses) are required.

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Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students

Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual (see www.fau.edu/registrar/tsm.php).

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the University and College requirements, students are expected to complete all of the following courses:

Course Name Course Prefix Credit Hours
Biochemistry 1 BCH 3033 3
Biological Principles BSC 1010 3
Biological Principles Lab BSC 1010L 1
Biodiversity BSC 1011 3
Biodiversity Lab BSC 1011L 1
Comparative Animal Behavior CBH 4024 3
General Chemistry I CHM 2045 3
General Chemistry I Lab CHM 2045L 1
General Chemistry II CHM 2046 3
General Chemistry II Lab CHM 2046L 1
Organic Chemistry I CHM 2210 3
Organic Chemistry II CHM 2211 3
Organic Chemistry II Lab CHM 2211L 2
Math through Calculus MAC 2233, 2241, 2242, 2281, 2282, 2311, 2312 or 2313 3
Genetics PCB 3063 4
General Physics I and II* or PHY 2048 and PHY 2049 8
College Physics I and II* or PHY 2053 and PHY 2054 8
Biological Bases of Behavior I PSB 3002 3
General Psychology PSY 1012 3
Research Methods in Psychology PSY 3213 3
Experimental Design and Statistical Inference PSY 3234 3
Intermediate Statistics Lab STA 3163L 1

* This degree program does not require that students take Physics lab courses. However, students considering medical school should take the lab sequences. The Physics department may require labs as corequisites for lecture courses.

Concentration Area Requirements

Students are expected to complete a minimum of 12 credits in one of the following areas of concentration:

 

Behavioral Neuroscience:
Auditory Perception EXP 4120 3
Human Perception EXP 4204 3
Comparative Animal Physiology PCB 4723 3
Comparative Animal Physiology Lab PCB 4723L 1
Computer Laboratory in Psychobiology PSB 3002L 3
Laboratory in Psychobiology PSB 4004L 3
Biological Bases of Behavior II PSB 4006 3
Neuropsychology PSB 4240 3
Human Psychophysiology PSB 4323 3
Psychopharmacology PSB 4444 3
Developmental Psychobiology PSB 4504 3
Neurobiology of Learning and Memory PSB 4810 3
Biopsychology of Language PSB 4833 3
Developmental Neurobiology PSB 6515 3

 

Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience
Cellular Neuroscience and Disease* or PCB 4842 3
Practical Cell Neuroscience* PCB 4843C 3
Human Morphology and Function I PCB 3703 3
Human Morphology and Function I Lab PCB 3703L 1
Human Morphology and Function II PCB 3704 3
Human Morphology and Function II Lab PCB 3704L 1
Molecular and Cell Biology PCB 4023 3
Comparative Animal Physiology PCB 4723 3
Comparative Animal Physiology Lab PCB 4723L 1
Neurobiology of Learning and Memory PSB 4810 3

 

Ethology & Comparative Psychology:
Psychology of Motivation EXP 4304 3
Marine Biology OCB 4043 2
Marine Biology Field Studies and Lab OCB 4043L 2
Principles of Ecology PCB 4043 3
Behavioral Ecology PCB 4414C 4
Comparative Animal Behavior CBH 4024 3
Evolution PCB 4674 3
Comparative Animal Physiology PCB 4723 3
Comparative Animal Physiology Lab PCB 4723L 1
Computer Laboratory in Psychobiology PSB 3002L 3
Laboratory in Psychobiology PSB 4004L 3
Developmental Psychobiology PSB 4504 3
Invertebrate Zoology ZOO 2203 3
Invertebrate Zoology Lab ZOO 2203L 2
Functional Biology of Marine Animals ZOO 4402 3
Functional Biology of Marine Animals Lab ZOO 4402L 1
Ornithology ZOO 4472 2
Ornithology Lab ZOO 4472L 2
Comparative Vertebrate Morphogenesis ZOO 4690 3
Comparative Vertebrate Morphogenesis Lab ZOO 4690L 2

 

* One of these courses is required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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