Neuroscience (NEUR) – Pre-Reqs. & Double-Dipping

From Dr. Rochlin (Neuroscience Program Co-Director):

  1.  BIOL 362 Neurobiology:  We decided against requiring PHYS 111/111L and 112/112L as a pre-req for this class.
  1.  NEUR 301/BIOL 373/PSYC 388 Lab in Neuroscience I:  Neurobiology 362 is no longer a pre-req for this, as Dr. Ye provides the necessary background in the lecture part of this lecture lab course.  It is now also worth 4 credits instead of only 3.  This course continues to provide the only formal training in electrophysiology that you can get at LUC outside of working in a research lab.
  1. BIOL 396/397H/398-Internship: Although not a change, there has been some confusion among Molecular/Cellular neuroscience students about which independent research options qualify as Molecular/Cellular specialty lab electives. The molecular / cellular track of the neuroscience major allows students who are conducting independent research in BIOL 396/397H/398-Internship to earn one course worth of credit toward the specialty lab requirement. As stated on our website:  “To earn credit towards the Molecular/Cellular Neuroscience major, the project must have a molecular/cellular neuroscience focus and should be supervised by a molecular/cellular neuroscientist.”  Unless you are working in the lab of a neurobiologist in the Biology department or Chemistry department at LUC, you should provide a description of your project to the Director of the Molecular/Cellular track (Dr. Rochlin) to find out if the project is sufficiently molecular/cellular to count for this track.  Please note the following additional considerations:  Credit for 396 or 398 toward the Molecular/Cellular Neuroscience major requires that students complete at least one previous semester of work in the lab.  This could be verified by enrollment in BIOL296 (Intro to Research), or by a note from the professor since not every professor offers 296.  Finally, although 398 can be taken for 1, 2, or 3 credit hours, only the 3 credit hour version counts toward the specialty lab requirement.  Please let me (Bill Rochlin) know if you have any questions about this.
  1. Introducing COMP  180 – Computing and Data Analysis for the Sciences. COMP 180 meets the computer programming requirement (along with COMP 150 and COMP 170) for the Cognitive/Behavioral track.


From Dr. Dye (the other Co-Director), regarding double-dipping courses between Neurosicence and Psych majors:

I have had extensive discussions with Psychology on this issue.  We have agreed that PSYC 101 (Introduction to Psychology), PSYC 304 (Statistics), and PSYC 306 (Research Methods) should not be counted as double dipping because they are foundational to both Cognitive/Behavior Neuroscience and Psychology. 

From Joe:  This means that PSYC 101, 304, and 306 are exceptions to the requirement that “21 unique credits” must exist between programs where students are double-majoring.


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