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Neuroscience, Bachelor of Science Degree


Overview


The interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience is offered jointly through the Departments of Psychology and Biology. The mission of the program is to provide students' comprehensive training in the foundations of modern neuroscience from the cellular to systems level, as well as basic and applied knowledge in general science, psychology, and biology that will allow them to master and critically evaluate knowledge in the field. Directed learning experiences are also included to develop research skills. A major aim of the program is to equip students with the knowledge and skills that will prepare them to successfully pursue graduate studies in a variety of basic and applied disciplines with a neuroscience focus, from cognitive and biological sciences to biotechnology and medicine.

Advising


All Neuroscience students should consult with an advisor on issues such as course selection. Advisement is offered jointly between the Department of Biology and the Department of Psychology. Issues concerning Biology courses should be directed to the Biology Advisors and issues concerning Psychology courses should be directed to the Neuroscience Psychology Advisor. Additionally, Neuroscience students have a unique opportunity to seek advisement from a Professional School Advisor who can aid in preparations for professional graduate school programs (medical, dental, optometry, etc.). Please see below for information on how to contact the appropriate advisor and how to schedule an advising appointment.

Biology-Related Advisement

  • Freshman Neuroscience Majors

Dr. Pamela Sandstrom
Office: SFB 207
Email: psandstrom@unr.edu
Phone: (775) 784-6681

For general questions contact Kelly Klingler

Sophomore/Junior/Senior Neuroscience Majors (by last name)

  • Last names beginning with A-G

Dr. Elena Pravosudova
Office: SFB 202
Email: epravosudova@unr.edu
Phone: (775) 784-1704

  • Last names beginning with H-P

Dr. Joshua Stevenson
Office: SFB 211
Email: jstevenson@unr.edu
Phone: (775) 784-3574

  • Last names beginning with Q-Z

Dr. Jennifer Hollander
Office: SFB 210
Email: jhollander@unr.edu
Phone: (775) 784-1793

Psychology-Related Advisement

Jacquelyn Webster, M.A.
Office: MSS 405
Email: neuroadvice@unr.edu
To schedule an appointment: (775) 784-6828 opt. 2

Professional School Advisement

Pat Wilson, M.A.
Office: DMSC 401A
Email: Wilson@unr.edu
Schedule an appointment

Curriculum


Courses Needed to get a Neuroscience Degree


First Year, Fall Semester (16 units)

  • ENG 101 - Composition I (3 units) *
  • MATH 127R - Precalculus II (3 units) *
  • Core Curriculum Fine Arts (3 units)
  • BIOL 105 - Introduction to Neuroscience (3 units) OR
  • PSY 105 - Introduction to Neuroscience (3 units)

  • CHEM 121A - General Chemistry I (3 units) AND
  • CHEM 121L - General Chemistry Laboratory I (1 unit)
    OR
  • CHEM 201 - General Chemistry for Scientists and Engineers I (4 units)

Spring Semester (17 units)

  • ENG 102 - Composition II (3 units) *
  • MATH 181 - Calculus I (4 units)
  • BIOL 190 - Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (3 units)
  • PSY 101 - General Psychology (3 units) **

  • CHEM 122A - General Chemistry II (3 units) AND
  • CHEM 122L - General Chemistry Laboratory II (1 unit)
    OR
  • CHEM 202 - General Chemistry for Scientists and Engineers II (4 units)

Note(s):
* English and Math course placement is based on test scores. Please consult the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog.

** Meets the Core Curriculum Social Sciences requirement.

Second Year, Fall Semester (15 units)

  • CH 201 - Ancient and Medieval Cultures (3 units)
  • BIOL 191 - Introduction Organismal Biology (3 units)
  • BIOL 192 - Principles of Biological Investigation (2 units)

  • PHYS 151R - Gen Physics I & Lab (4 units)
    OR
  • PHYS 180 - Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (3 units) AND
  • PHYS 180L - Physics for Scientists and Engineers Laboratory I (1 unit)

  • General Elective (3 units) OR
  • CHEM 241 - Organic Chemistry I (3 units) * OR
  • CHEM 341 - Organic Chemistry for Scientists and Professionals I (3 units) *

Note(s):

* For Pre-med Majors.


Spring Semester (16 units)

  • CH 202 - The Modern World (3 units)
  • PSY 210 - Statistical Methods (3 units)
  • Core Curriculum Diversity (3 units)

  • PHYS 152R - Gen Physics II & Lab (4 units)
    OR
  • PHYS 181 - Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (3 units) AND
  • PHYS 181L - Physics for Scientists and Engineers Laboratory II (1 unit)
  • General Elective (3 units) OR
  • CHEM 242 - Organic Chemistry II (3 units) * OR
  • CHEM 342 - Organic Chemistry for Scientists and Professionals II (3 units) * (pre-med)

Note(s):

* For Pre-med Majors.


Third Year, Fall Semester (15 units)

  • BIOL 300 - Principles of Genetics (3 units)
  • CHEM 345 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 units)
  • PSY 301 - Experimental Psychology (4 units)
  • PSY 403 - Physiological Psychology (3 units)
  • General Elective (3 units)

Spring Semester (14 units)

  • CH 203 - American Experiences and Constitutional Change (3 units)
  • BIOL 315R - Cell Biology (3 units)
  • BIOL 395 - Laboratory in Genetics and Cell Biology (2 units)
  • Major Electives (6 units)

Fourth Year, Fall Semester (15 units)

  • BIOL 475 - Neurobiology (3 units)
  • General Elective (3 units)
  • Major Elective (3 units)
  • Core Curriculum General Capstone (3 units)
  • Direct Learning, Independent Study (3 units)

Spring Semester (12 units)

  • Core Curriculum General Capstone (3 units)
  • Major Electives (6 units)
  • General Elective (3 units)

Faculty


Psychology (CLA)


Biology (COS)


Physiology and Cell Biology (SOM)


Microbiology and Immunology (SOM)

  • Ken Hunter, neuroimmune interactions, multiple sclerosis, autism

Pharmacology (SOM)


Computer Science and Engineering (COEN)


Agriculture, Nutrition, and Veterinary Science (CABNR)

  • Stan Omaye, nutrition & aging, environmental health

Philosophy (CLA)




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Contact College of Science

Phone (775) 784-4591
Fax (775) 784-4592
Email science@unr.edu
Location Davidson Math and Science Center
Address University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557

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