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.
|Eleven basic science courses (41 credits):|
|BISC 1111||Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules|
|or BISC 1115|
& BISC 1125
| Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules|
and Introduction to Cells and Molecules Laboratory
|BISC 1112||Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms|
|or BISC 1116|
& BISC 1126
| Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms|
and Introduction to Organisms Laboratory
|BISC 2207||Genetics *|
|or BISC 2202||Cell Biology|
|CHEM 1111||General Chemistry I|
|CHEM 1112||General Chemistry II|
& CHEM 2153
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
& CHEM 2154
|Organic Chemistry II|
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
|PHYS 1025||University Physics I with Biological Applications|
|or PHYS 1011||General Physics I|
|or PHYS 1021||University Physics I|
|PHYS 1026||University Physics II with Biological Applications|
|or PHYS 1012||General Physics II|
|or PHYS 1022||University Physics II|
& 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 2584||Introduction to Bioinformatics|
|CSCI 1012||Introduction to Programming with Python|
|STAT 1127||Statistics for the Biological Sciences *|
|Three gateway courses (9 credits) that introduce core neuroscience concepts, from the following:|
|ANAT 2160||Human Functional Neuroanatomy|
|or SPHR 2106||Neural Substrates of Speech, Language, and Hearing|
|BISC 2320||Neural Circuits and Behavior|
|BISC 3320||Human Neurobiology|
|PSYC 2015||Biological 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).|
|ANTH 3413||Evolution of the Human Brain|
|BISC 2220||Developmental Neurobiology|
|BISC 3320||Human Neurobiology|
|PSYC 3199||Current Topics in Psychology|
|PSYC 3121||Memory and Cognition|
|PSYC 3122||Cognitive Neuroscience|
|PSYC 3124||Visual Perception|
|SPHR 3116||Brain and Language|
|BISC 3261||Introductory Medical Biochemistry|
|CHEM 3165||Biochemistry I *|
|CHEM 3166||Biochemistry 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:|
& BISC 2453
and Animal Behavior Lab
|PSYC 4107W||Research Lab in Cognitive Neuroscience|
|BISC 4171||Undergraduate Research|
|BISC 4171W||Undergraduate Research|
|BISC 4172||Independent Study|
|BISC 4180||Undergraduate Research Seminar|
** 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.