Co-major in Neuroscience

Neuroscience is a rapidly advancing, interdisciplinary field with relevance to all aspects of our everyday lives. As a highly interdisciplinary field, neuroscience requires an in-depth study of the nervous system at multiple levels of analysis—including molecular, genetic, cellular, and systems levels.

The interdepartmental Neuroscience Co-major offers students the opportunity to pursue an in-depth exploration of:

  • biology of individual nerve cells
  • organization of nerve cells into a functional nervous system
  • role of the nervous system in behavior and cognition

The co-major is multidisciplinary, including coursework in biology, psychology, chemistry and statistics. It provides a basic framework for students planning advanced work at the graduate level. This curriculum will ensure a strong foundation in neuroscience along with a methodological and statistical mastery (one year of statistics) that is often lacking in neuroscience education at the undergraduate level. Students in the co-major must also be enrolled in, and complete, a primary major; the co-major cannot be taken as a stand-alone major.

The Neuroscience Co-major requires 40-43 semester hours, distributed as listed below. Depending on your major, some of these credits may also count toward your primary major.

  1. Core Courses in Biology and Psychology (15 hours)
  2. Chemistry (10 hours)
  3. Statistics (3-4 hours)
  4. Advanced Biology Courses (6-7 hours)
  5. Advanced Psychology Courses (6-7 hours)

For more information about the Neuroscience Co-Major and how to enroll, please contact:

Dr. Kathleen Killian (killiaka@MiamiOH.edu) or
Dr. Lori Isaacson (isaacslg@MiamiOH.edu) or
Dr. Jennifer Quinn (quinnjj@MiamiOH.edu)

Program Requirements

I. Biological Science and Psychology (all of these) (15 hours)

  • BIO/MBI 116 - Biological Concepts (4 hours)
  • BIO 203 - Cell Biology (3 hours) or
    MBI 365 - Molecular and Cell Biology (3 hours)
  • BIO 305 - Human Physiology (4 hours)
  • PSY 251 - Introduction to Biopsychology (3 hours)
  • BIO/PSY 159 - Seminar in Neuroscience (1 hour)

II. Chemistry (10 hours)

  • CHM 141/144 - College Chemistry/College Chemistry Lab (5 hours) +
    CHM 142/145 - College Chemistry/College Chemistry Lab (5 hours)

III. Statistics (one of these) (3-4 hours)

  • STA 363 - Introduction to Statistical Modeling (3 hours)
    (requires prerequisite of STA 261 or STA 301 or STA368 or ISA 205)
  • PSY 294 - Research Design in Psychology (4 hours)
    (requires prerequisites STA 261 and PSY 293)

IV. Advanced Neuroscience Hours (at least 2 Advanced Biology courses and at least 2 Advanced Psychology courses) (12-14 hours)

Advanced Biology Courses

  • BIO 454 - Endocrinology (3 hours)
  • BIO 457 - Neuroanatomy (3 hours)
  • BIO 465 - Animal Behavior (4 hours)
  • BIO 469 - Neurophysiology (3 hours)
  • BIO 471 - Molecular Physiology (3 hours)
  • BIO 472 - Developmental Neuroscience (3 hours)

Advanced Psychology Courses

  • PSY 351 - Advanced Biopsychology (4 hours)
  • PSY 356 - Psychopharmacology (3 hours)
  • PSY 410.A - Capstone in Neuroscience (3 hours)
  • PSY 451 - Cognitive Neuroscience (3 hours)
  • PSY 456 - Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (3 hours)

V. Strongly Recommended But Not Required

  • CHM 241/244 and CHM 242/245
  • PHY 171/173 and PHY 172/174 or PHY 182/184 (calculus based)
  • independent research project with PSY 477 or BIO 320.