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Neuroscience at Agnes Scott College is one of the best options for women in STEM

The Neuroscience major at Agnes Scott College meets the stringent requirements for graduate schools and medical school, while providing more opportunities to women in STEM then most any other Neuroscience program.

The course work in Neuroscience at Agnes Scott College prepares and equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary to attain a scientific job after graduation or apply to graduate school or medical school.

 

 

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Women in STEM will require the following skills:

  • design an experiment, analyze the results, draw conclusions, write up the project, present the project
  • critically read and evaluate scientific literature
  • problem solve
  • work as a team 
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So how are these STEM skills different at Agnes Scott compared to other colleges?

Agnes Scott’s major in Neuroscience offers 7 distinct advantages over other colleges:
liberal arts, SUMMIT, research, experience, Faculty to student ratio, Female voices, and diversity.

  • Liberal Arts

Small Liberal arts colleges offer STEM students the ability to connect what they are learning in science with other coursework. This enhances their ability to think critically and view science in the context of other topics. Liberal arts colleges are focused on the best practices in teaching and because of that, the STEM education is focused on what current research supports as the best way to teach STEM courses at the undergraduate level. This means that the STEM courses at Agnes Scott are planned and executed based on research of what students need at the undergraduate level.

  • SUMMIT

SUMMIT in the liberal arts not only allows students to benefit from more opportunities in STEM, it also trains students in the areas of global and leadership that are vital to understanding the role of science in the greater global community.

  • Research and Internships

Agnes Scott requires all Neuroscience majors to gain research or internship experiences. These experiences allow majors to determine what career path they are most interested in. Because Agnes Scott has a low faculty to student ratio, faculty are able to get to know their students and help tailor fit a research or internship experience that best suites each student.

  • Experienced Faculty

The Neuroscience major is still relatively new to most campuses, in particular liberal arts. Many small liberal arts don’t offer a Neuroscience major. However, Agnes Scott began the Neuroscience major over 10 years ago, giving us experience in teaching Neuroscience in the liberal arts setting.

  • Teacher to student ratio

Colleges with small faculty to student ratios like Agnes Scott allow more research opportunities as well as the ability to directly meet and converse with the professors in a given STEM class. In each of our STEM classes, faculty members have a small enough class size to know each of the students by name. This allows for more detailed and stronger letters of recommendation.

  • Female Voices

Agnes Scott offers women in STEM a voice. Women in STEM are often overshadowed in the male-dominated STEM fields. The women in our STEM classes are able to voice opinions and questions without being overshadowed in these typically male-dominated fields.

  • Diversity

According to the data for the past two years, Agnes Scott STEM majors do not have a racial or ethnic majority. The diversity represented in our STEM majors makes our STEM classes stronger. When more racial and ethnic backgrounds are represented, there is an increase in the opinions and problem-solving that are also represented. This allows our STEM majors to contribute different insights as they critically evaluate problems, making each of us a stronger scientist.

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


Requirements for the Neuroscience Major - Any Class Entering in Fall 2017 or after

Required Courses: 
BIO-110, BIO-111 
PSY-101
PSY-206 or MAT-115, PSY-207
CHE-150, CHE-150L, CHE-240, CHE-240L, Organic Chem II or III
Physics 102, Physics 103 
BIO/PSY-250, BIO/PSY-251 (cross-listed) 
BIO/PSY-440, BIO/PSY-450, BIO/PSY-490or PSY-400 

Elective courses (1 elective from each group): 

Group 1: BIO-216, CHE-280, CHE-280L
Group 2: BIO-222, BIO/PSY-285, BIO 324, BIO 325, BIO-330 
Group 3: PSY-311, PSY-315, PSY-323 
Group 4: Math 118, Physics 130


Major Planning Sheet for Fall 2017 

Requirements for the Neuroscience Major For any class that entered prior to Fall 2017

Required Courses:

  • BIO-110, BIO-111 
  • PSY-101
  • PSY-206, 207, 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-216, BIO-222, BIO/PSY-285, BIO 325, BIO-330 
  • CHE-280, CHE-280L, CHE-340, CHE-345 
  • PSY-311, PSY-315, PSY-323 
  • BIO/ PSY-201 

Recommended Courses

  • PHY-102, PHY-103 or PHY-110, PHY-111

Major Planning Sheet Prior to Fall 2017

 

How do these requirements translate into a schedule?

Three Potential Schedules for the Neuroscience Major at Agnes Scott

For each of these schedules, we list PSY 206 and PSY 207 in Year 2 or Year 3 as they are a pre-req for some of our electives. BIO/PSY 250 and 251 are always listed in Year 3. Also, the Research/Internship experience can be completed in Year 4. However, as applications and career choices are being made in Year 4, we highly and strongly recommend the Research/Internship experience to be completed in Year 3 so that students are as informed as possible when making school and career selections in Year 4.

Each of these schedules contains the entire Neuroscience major as well as the General Education in SUMMIT requirements and classes with the Leadership Specialization. The Global Specialization could be completed as well. We simply chose the Leadership one for these 3 potential schedules.

There are a million combinations for each of these courses. Feel free to cut and paste these potential schedules and meet with your advising team to figure out which schedule best fits your needs and career goals!

 

Potential Schedule #1

Fall 1

PSY 101 (4 credits) (SUMMIT in the Social Sciences)

GLBL 101 (1 credit)

LDR 101 (4 credits)

Language 1 (4 credits)

SUMMIT in the Arts and Humanities (4 credits)

Fall 1 Total credits - 17

 

Spring 1

Liberal Arts Elective (4 credits)

Language 2 (4 credits)

GLBL 102 ( 4 credits)

LDR 102 ( 1 credit)

ENG 110 (4 credits)

Spring 1 Total Credits - 17

 

Fall 2

BIO 110 (4 credits) (SUMMIT in STEM course)

CHEM 150 (4 credits)

GLALA or LSALA (4 credits)

PE course (0 credits)

Language 3 (4 credits)

Fall 2 Total credits - 16

 

Spring  2

BIO 111 (4 credits)

Language 4 (4 credits)

LDR 200 or global elective course (4 credits)

Neuroscience elective #1 (4 credits)

PE course (0 credits)

Spring 2 Total Credits - 16

 

Fall 3

BIO/PSY 250 (4 credits)

CHEM 240 (4 credits)

Neuroscience Research or Internship Experience (PSY 400, BIO 440, BIO 450) (4 credits)

PYS 206 (4 credits)

Fall 3 Total credits - 16

 

Spring 3

BIO/PSY 251 (4 credits)

Organic Chem 2 or 3 (4 credits)

Neuroscience Elective #2 (4 credits)

PSY 207 (4 credits)

Spring 3 Total Credits - 16

 

Fall 4

PHY 102 (4 credits)

Liberal Arts Elective (4 credits)

SUM 400 (2 credits)

Neuroscience elective #3 (4 credits)

Fall 4 Total credits - 14

 

Spring 4

PHY 103 (4 credits)

Neuroscience elective #4 (4 credits)

Liberal Arts Elective (4 credits)

Liberal Arts Elective (4 credits)

Spring 4 Total Credits - 16

 

Total 128 credits

 

 

 

Potential Schedule #2 is geared towards students planning to take the MCAT in the summer after their Junior year (Physics, Chem and Bio requirements to be completed by then).

Potential Schedule #2

Fall 1

BIO 110 (4 credits) (SUMMIT in STEM course)

PSY 101 (4 credits) (SUMMIT in the Social Sciences)

GLBL 101 (1 credit)

LDR 101 (4 credits)

SUMMIT in the Arts and Humanities (4 credits)

Fall 1 Total credits - 17

 

Spring 1

BIO 111 (4 credits)

CHEM 150 (4 credits)

GLBL 102 ( 4 credits)

LDR 102 ( 1 credit)

ENG 110 (4 credits)

Spring 1 Total Credits - 17

 

Fall 2

PHY 102 (4 credits)

CHEM 240 (4 credits)

PYS 206 (4 credits)

Language 1 (4 credits)

PE course (0 credits)

Fall 2 Total credits - 16

 

Spring  2

PHY 103 (4 credits)

Organic Chem 2 or 3 (4 credits)

Language 2 (4 credits)

LDR 200 or global elective course (4 credits)

PE course (0 credits)

Spring 2 Total Credits - 16

 

Fall 3

BIO/PSY 250 (4 credits)

Language 3 (4 credits)

GLALA or LSALA (4 credits)

Neuroscience Research or Internship Experience (PSY 400, BIO 440, BIO 450) (4 credits)

Fall 3 Total credits - 16

 

Spring 3

BIO/PSY 251 (4 credits)

Language 4 (4 credits)

PSY 207 (4 credits)

Neuroscience elective #1 (4 credits)

Spring 3 Total Credits - 16

 

Fall 4

Neuroscience Elective #2 (4 credits)

SUM 400 (2 credits)

Neuroscience elective #3 (4 credits)

Liberal Arts Elective (4 credits)

Fall 4 Total credits - 14

 

Spring 4

Neuroscience elective #4 (4 credits)

Liberal Arts Elective (4 credits)

Liberal Arts Elective (4 credits)

Liberal Arts Elective (4 credits)

Spring 4 Total Credits - 16

 

Total 128 credits

 

 

 

Potential Schedule #3

**Note - the 2 semesters of Organic listed here in the Year 3 could be switched with the Physics listed in year 4 depending on your preference

Fall 1

BIO 110 (4 credits) (SUMMIT in STEM course)

PSY 101 (4 credits) (SUMMIT in the Social Sciences)

GLBL 101 (1 credit)

LDR 101 (4 credits)

Language 1 (4 credits)

Fall 1 Total credits - 17

 

Spring 1

BIO 111 (4 credits)

Language 2 (4 credits)

GLBL 102 ( 4 credits)

LDR 102 ( 1 credit)

ENG 110 (4 credits)

Spring 1 Total Credits - 17

 

Fall 2

PYS 206 (4 credits)

CHEM 150 (4 credits)

GLALA or LSALA (4 credits)

PE course (0 credits)

Language 3 (4 credits)

Fall 2 Total credits - 16

 

Spring  2

PSY 207 (4 credits)

Language 4 (4 credits)

LDR 200 or global elective course (4 credits)

Neuroscience elective #1 (4 credits)

PE course (0 credits)

Spring 2 Total Credits - 16

 

Fall 3

BIO/PSY 250 (4 credits)

CHEM 240 (4 credits)

Neuroscience Research or Internship Experience (PSY 400, BIO 440, BIO 450) (4 credits)

Liberal Arts Elective (4 credits)

Fall 3 Total credits - 16

 

Spring 3

BIO/PSY 251 (4 credits)

Organic Chem 2 or 3 (4 credits)

Neuroscience Elective #2 (4 credits)

Liberal Arts Elective (4 credits)

Spring 3 Total Credits - 16

 

Fall 4

PHY 102 (4 credits)

SUMMIT in the Arts and Humanities (4 credits)

SUM 400 (2 credits)

Neuroscience elective #3 (4 credits)

Fall 4 Total credits - 14

 

 

Spring 4

PHY 103 (4 credits)

Neuroscience elective #4 (4 credits)

Liberal Arts Elective (4 credits)

Liberal Arts Elective (4 credits)

Spring 4 Total Credits - 16

 

Total 128 credits