Bachelor of Science with a Major in Neuroscience

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum:

Required
Eleven basic science courses (41 credits):
BISC 1115
BISC 1125
Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules
and Introduction to Cells and Molecules Laboratory
BISC 1116
BISC 1126
Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms
and Introduction to Organisms Laboratory
BISC 2207Genetics *
or BISC 2202 Cell Biology
CHEM 1111General Chemistry I
CHEM 1112General Chemistry II
CHEM 2151
CHEM 2153
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 2152
CHEM 2154
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
PHYS 1025University Physics I with Biological Applications
or PHYS 1011 General Physics I
or PHYS 1021 University Physics I
PHYS 1026University Physics II with Biological Applications
or PHYS 1012 General Physics II
or PHYS 1022 University Physics II
MATH 1220
MATH 1221
Calculus with Precalculus I
and Calculus with Precalculus II
or MATH 1231 Single-Variable Calculus I
Two courses in quantitative methods (6 credits) from the following:
BISC 2584Introduction to Bioinformatics
CSCI 1012Introduction to Programming with Python
STAT 1127Statistics for the Biological Sciences *
Three gateway courses (9 credits) that introduce core neuroscience concepts, from the following:
ANAT 2160Human Functional Neuroanatomy
or SPHR 2106 Neural Substrates of Speech, Language, and Hearing
BISC 2320Neural Circuits and Behavior
BISC 3320Human Neurobiology
PSYC 2015Biological Psychology
Five advanced content courses from the following. These must include two courses in cellular/molecular/systems neuroscience (6 credits), two courses in cognitive neuroscience (6 credits) and one course in advanced biochemistry (3 to 4 credits).
Cellular/molecular/systems neuroscience
ANTH 3413Evolution of the Human Brain
BISC 2220Developmental Neurobiology
BISC 3320Human Neurobiology
Cognitive neuroscience
PSYC 3118Neuropsychology
PSYC 3121Memory and Cognition
PSYC 3122Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 3124Visual Perception
SPHR 2133Autism
SPHR 3116Brain and Language
Advanced biochemistry
BISC 3261Introductory Medical Biochemistry
CHEM 3165Biochemistry I *
CHEM 3166Biochemistry II
One research/laboratory experience course (3 to 4 credits).
This may be one semester of guided or independent research in ANTH, CHEM, PHIL, PSYC, or SPHR**, or one of the following options:
Laboratory experience
BISC 2452
BISC 2453
Animal Behavior
and Animal Behavior Lab
PSYC 4107WResearch Lab in Cognitive Neuroscience
BISC 4171Undergraduate Research
BISC 4171WUndergraduate Research
BISC 4172Independent Study

* Recommended for premed students. In addition, premed students are advised to take SOC 1001 Introduction to Sociology, BISC 2322 Human Physiology, and BISC 2337 Introductory Microbiology.

** For SPHR, available only to students with a minimum 3.5 GPA in major courses and/or the permission of the instructor.

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors, students must maintain a cumulative 3.5 grade-point average in biological sciences courses and at least a 3.0 cumulative overall grade-point average. Students who meet these criteria and wish to pursue special honors must complete an approved research project under faculty direction.