**A PDF Checklist of the major's requirements is located at bottom of this page.
Students (including transfer students intending to major in Neuroscience) are encouraged to use the Course Scheduler to review course information for the courses listed below (including content, requisites, etc..)
Neuroscience majors must preregister for all courses they will use to satisfy requirements for the major, rather than assume they will be guaranteed entry into a course during the add/drop period if they did not preregister for it (e.g., you must preregister for NEUR-301, 303, and/or NEUR-351). Courses in which a student has not received a letter grade better than "D" are not counted towards the Neuroscience major. Courses taken pass/fail will not count towards the Neuroscience major.
***The Pathways through the Major webpage has some useful information for planning your progress through the Neuro coursework.
- Important information for Getting Started in the Major
- Placement Information
- General Requirements
- Intro to Neuroscience
- Upper-level Behavioral
- Upper-level Neurobiology
- Upper-level Human
- Upper-level elective
(1) General science requirements:
Chemistry: All of the following:
- CHEM-221 (many majors also take CHEM-231)
- note: BIOL-181 is optional for Neuroscience, but should be considered by students in their first semester that are pre-med or that are considering majoring in Biology or Neuroscience but haven't decided between them yet. Also, BIOL-181 is required for several of the advanced electives listed below*
Statistics: One of the following:
- STAT-111 -or-
- STAT-135/136 -or-
- STAT-230 -or-
Physics/Mathematics: At least two of the following courses:
- PHYS-116, 117, 123, 124
- MATH 111, 121, 211
- If you have Advanced Placement in any of the above subjects, you must take more advanced courses.
- Note: MATH-111 or Advanced Placement (at least 4 on AB or 3 on BC) is a prerequisite for CHEM-161/65 and PHYS-117.
- The Statistics requirement is separate from the Physics/Math requirement and you cannot use a course from one requirement to double-count in the other.
Advanced Placement information for the General Science courses:
(2) Introduction to Neuroscience courses
Neuroscience Majors must take the following two courses:
- NEUR-213 (PSYC-213): Neuroscience: Systems and Behavior (with lab) (requires PSYC-100 or BIOL-191)
- NEUR-214 (BIOL-214): Neurobiology (non lab) (requires BIOL-191)
- Note: The NEUR-213 course must be taken in the spring semester of your sophomore year. The NEUR-214 course may be taken in the fall of either sophomore or junior year but must be completed before the end of junior year.
- IMPORTANT: PSYC-212 does not count for the Neuroscience major, so do not take it during your first year at Amherst if you think you'd like to be a Neuro major.
(3) Upper-level Behavioral Neuroscience
One of the following:
- NEUR-245 : Systems Neuroscience
- NEUR-317 : Neurobiology of Appetite
- NEUR-325 : Psychopharmacology
- NEUR-356 : Neurophysiology of Motivation
(4) Upper-level Neurobiology
One of the following lab courses:
- NEUR-301 : Molecular Neurobiology with laboratory
- NEUR-303 : Molecular Neurobiology CURE (with laboratory)
- NEUR-351 : Neurophysiology with laboratory
(5) Upper-level Human Neuroscience
One of the following courses:
- NEUR-361 : Consciousness and the Brain
- NEUR-367 : Human Neuroscience
(6) Upper-level Elective
One upper-level elective from the following courses:
- An additional behavioral neuroscience course from item (3) above
- An additional neurobiology lab course from item (4) above
- An additional human neuroscience course from item (5) above
- NEUR-211 : Cognitive Neuroscience
- NEUR-350 : Neurophysiology without lab
- NEUR-411: Synapses seminar
- NEUR-450 : Seminar in Physiology
- BIOL-221 : Developmental Biology (w/ lab)
- BIOL-241 : Genetic Analysis (w/ lab)
- BIOL-260 : Animal Physiology
- BIOL-271 : Microbiology (w/ lab)
- BIOL-281 : *Animal Behavior (w/ lab)
- BIOL-291 : Cell Structure and Function (w/ lab)
- BIOL-311 : Small Proteins in Antibiotic Resistance (w/ lab)
- BIOL-331 : Biochemistry (w/ lab)
- BIOL-371 : Molecular Genetics (w/ lab)
- BIOL-381 : *Genome Biology (w/ lab)
- BIOL-391 : Quantitative Imaging (w/ lab)
- PSYC-233 : Cognitive Psychology
- PSYC-234 : Memory
- PSYC-236 : Psychology of Aging
- PSYC-357 : History of Psychiatry
- via petition to the Chair, it may be possible to satisfy this requirement with a Five College course or study away course.
- Note: courses listed with an asterisk (*) require BIOL-181