The Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience concentration integrates an understanding of neuroanatomy with the mechanisms of sensation/perception and learning/memory, generally applied to human behavior. Its focus is at the functional level of neuronal systems and networks. It differs from classical psychology in providing a more in-depth cellular and molecular basis for understanding behavior and neurological disorders that influence behavior. Graduates with this concentration are well prepared for many graduate and professional degree programs in health professions, as well as for careers in a variety of clinical settings, non-profit disease oriented foundations, and private sector organizations in either research-related or human resource service-related positions.

The Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience concentration integrates an understanding of neuroanatomy with the mechanisms of sensation/perception and learning/memory, generally applied to human behavior. Its focus is at the functional level of neuronal systems and networks. It differs from classical psychology in providing a more in-depth cellular and molecular basis for understanding behavior and neurological disorders that influence behavior. Graduates with this concentration are well prepared for many graduate and professional degree programs in health professions, as well as for careers in a variety of clinical settings, non-profit disease oriented foundations, and private sector organizations in either research-related or human resource service-related positions.

Effective Spring 2015

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)3A1
CHEM 113General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II 1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
LIFE 102Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)3A4
LIFE 201BIntroductory Genetics: Molecular/Immunological/Developmental (GT-SC2)3A3
LIFE 203Introductory Genetics Laboratory 2
MATH 155Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B4
NB 192Introductory Neuroscience Seminar 1
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)3C3
Arts and Humanities3B3
 Total Credits 32
Sophomore
 
CHEM 341Modern Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 343Modern Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 344Modern Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
Select one from the following: 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
LIFE 210Introductory Eukaryotic Cell Biology 3
LIFE 212Introductory Cell Biology Laboratory 2
Select one from the following: 5
General Physics I (GT-SC1)3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)3A 
PSY 250Research Methods in Psychology 4
PSY 252Mind, Brain, and Behavior 3
Arts and Humanities3B3
 Total Credits 31
Junior
 
BC 351Principles of Biochemistry 4
BMS 300Principles of Human Physiology 4
BMS 345Functional Neuroanatomy 4
NB 399Thesis Preparation 1
Select one from the following: 3
Learning and Memory  
Cognitive Psychology  
PSY 458Cognitive Neuroscience4B3
PSY 459Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory4A2
Select one from the following: 3
Introduction to Statistical Methods  
Introduction to Biostatistics  
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Historical Perspectives3D3
 Total Credits 30
Senior
 
BMS 325Cellular Neurobiology 3
NB 493Senior Seminar4C1
NB 499Senior Thesis4A,4C3
PSY 454Biological Psychology 3
PSY 455Biological Psychology Laboratory 2
PSY 456Sensation and Perception4B3
PSY 457Sensation and Perception Laboratory 2
Electives1 10
 Total Credits 27
 Program Total Credits: 120
1

Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level). 

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
LIFE 102Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)X 3A4
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)X 3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)X 3A1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
NB 192Introductory Neuroscience SeminarX  1
Arts and Humanities  3B3
MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126 must be completed by the end of Semester 1, if necessary.X   
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 113General Chemistry IIX  3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab IIX  1
MATH 155Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)  1B4
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)X 3C3
LIFE 201BIntroductory Genetics: Molecular/Immunological/Developmental (GT-SC2)  3A3
LIFE 203Introductory Genetics Laboratory   2
 Total Credits   16
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 341Modern Organic Chemistry I X 3
LIFE 210Introductory Eukaryotic Cell BiologyX  3
LIFE 212Introductory Cell Biology LaboratoryX  2
PSY 250Research Methods in Psychology X 4
Select one course from the following:   3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)  2 
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 343Modern Organic Chemistry II X 3
CHEM 344Modern Organic Chemistry Laboratory   2
Select one course from the following:   5
General Physics I (GT-SC1) X3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1) X3A 
PSY 252Mind, Brain, and Behavior   3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
CHEM 341 must be completed by the end of Semester 4.X   
 Total Credits   16
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BMS 300Principles of Human PhysiologyX  4
Select one course from the following:   3
Learning and Memory    
Cognitive Psychology    
Select one course from the following:   3
Introduction to Statistical Methods X  
Introduction to Biostatistics X  
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BC 351Principles of BiochemistryX  4
BMS 345Functional Neuroanatomy X 4
NB 399Thesis Preparation X 1
PSY 458Cognitive Neuroscience  4B3
PSY 459Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory  4A2
 Total Credits   14
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BMS 325Cellular NeurobiologyX  3
NB 493Senior SeminarX 4C1
PSY 454Biological Psychology   3
PSY 455Biological Psychology Laboratory   2
Free Electives   6
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
NB 499Senior ThesisX 4A,4C3
PSY 456Sensation and PerceptionX 4B3
PSY 457Sensation and Perception LaboratoryX  2
Free ElectivesX  4
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   12
 Program Total Credits:   120