Neuroscience Major

The neuroscience program offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the nervous system with the goal of understanding the biological basis of behavior. Neuroscience includes a wide range of approaches from the molecular biology of nerve cells to neural circuit analysis to the biological basis of complex phenomena such as disordered behavior and cognition. The academic program in neuroscience provides a foundation for understanding the biological, chemical and psychological principles underlying this field. Specific courses in the major provide knowledge of the methods and practice of science and fundamental concepts in neuroscience. Flexibility in choice of upper-level electives allows a student to design her major depending upon her goals and interests. A final capstone experience in neuroscience provides an opportunity to engage in research projects on contemporary problems within the field.  

Major Student Learning Objectives - Students graduating with a Neuroscience major from Agnes Scott College will be able to:

  • demonstrate a basic understanding of the structure and function of the nervous system at various levels of organization;
  • understand the research methods used in neuroscience and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the research techniques;
  • demonstrate an understanding of research design, data analysis, and critical thinking;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues surrounding neuro-scientific research on human and animal models;
  • critically evaluate scientific literature;
  • present their research findings to their peers.

A student considering a major in neuroscience should consult with a neuroscience adviser early in her college career to ensure normal progression in the major. Students are encouraged to participate in summer research programs in neuroscience or research experiences with biology and psychology faculty members. Entrance requirements for postgraduate study in advanced-degree programs may require mathematics, physics and chemistry beyond the undergraduate major requirements.

NOTE: Students with a Neuroscience major may not double-major or minor in Psychology or Biology. 

Requirements for the Neuroscience Major 

Required Courses: 
  • BIO-191, BIO-192, BIO-210 
  • PSY-101
  • PSY-206 or MAT-115 
  • CHE-150, CHE-150L, CHE-240, CHE-240L BIO/PSY-250, BIO/PSY-251 (cross-listed) 
  • BIO-492 or PSY-400 
Elective courses (choose any three): 
  • BIO-280, BIO-305, BIO-325 (cross-listed), BIO-330 
  • CHE-280, CHE-280L, CHE-350, CHE-345 
  • PSY-311, PSY-315, PSY-323 
  • BIO/ PSY-201 
Recommended Courses 
  • PHY-102, PHY-103 or PHY-202, PHY-203