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    Feb 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

Neuroscience Major


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Starts Fall 2024

The Neuroscience Major at the University of San Francisco trains students to apply a foundational knowledge of neuroscience to promote social justice, advocate for societal attitudes that embrace neurodiversity and ensure neurological and mental health equity.  Students will be equipped to utilize their skills in a wide variety of career trajectories, from healthcare, technology, and public policy to graduate programs in neuroscience.

Program Learning Outcomes


Students will:

  • Discuss the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and empirical approaches in Neuroscience
  • Investigate basic problems in neuroscience by applying empirical methods, including designing and implementing research protocols and critically evaluating and interpreting data
  • Examine neuroscientific content in the broader context of the whole person as an individual and member of society
  • Evaluate the complexity of sociocultural, neurodevelopmental, and neurological diversity, especially as it pertains to mental health and the conditions under which all humans can thrive.
  • Synthesize and communicate neuroscientific information effectively in a variety of formats

Major Requirements (60 units)


Required Foundational Courses (24 units)


  • NEUR 1XX - Introduction to Neuroscience I (includes Lab): Cells and Circuits
  • NEUR 1XX - Introduction to Neuroscience II (includes Lab): Brain Basis of Behavior
  • NEUR 1XX - Neurodiversity, Health Equity and Research Ethics (counts as Diversity Requirement)
  • NEUR 2XX - Data Analysis and Research Design for the Neurosciences I: From Bench to Brain Imaging
  • NEUR 2XX - Data Analysis and Research Design for the Neurosciences II: In the Field and Beyond

Breadth Courses (8 units)


  • NEUR 3XX - Cognitive Neuroscience
  • NEUR 3XX - Social and Affective Neuroscience
  • NEUR 3XX - Behavioral Neuroscience
  • NEUR 3XX - Computational Neuroscience
  • NEUR 3XX - Neuroscience-informed User Design
  • NEUR 3XX - Biological Neuroscience: Molecular, Pharmacological and Motor Systems

Community Engaged Learning Requirement (4 units, 100 hours)


  • NEUR 4XX - Neuroscience Practicum: Industry
  • NEUR 4XX - Neuroscience Practicum: Research
  • NEUR 4XX - Neuroscience Practicum: Public Policy, Legal or Ethical Issues

Capstone Requirement (4 units)


  • NEUR 4XX - Advanced Topics in Neuroscience
  • NEUR 4XX - Advanced Project in Neuroscience

Curricular Pathways in Neuroscience


Students in the Neuroscience Major have the option to emphasize coursework in Technology or Research. 

The following courses are recommended for each pathway: 

Research
  Fall Spring

Year 1

  • NEUR 101: Introduction to Neuroscience I (Core B2)
  • NEUR 1XX: Introduction to Philosophy of Mind (Core D1)
  • BIOL 105/105L: General Biology I/Lab
  • Written Communication I
  • NEUR 102: Introduction to Neuroscience II
  • NEUR 103: Neurodiversity, Health Equity and Research Ethics (Cultural Diversity)
  • Written Communication II (Core A2)
  • Public Speaking (Core A1)
Year 2
  • NEUR 201: Data Analysis and Research Design for the Neurosciences I (Core B1)
  • CHEM 111/112: General Chemistry I/Lab
  • Language I
  • Core
  • NEUR 202: Data Analysis and Research Design for the Neurosciences II
  • BIOL 115/116: Human Physiology/Lab
  • Language II
  • Core
Year 3
  • NEUR 3XX: Biological Neuroscience: Molecular, Pharmacological and Motor Systems
  • BSDS 100: Intro to Data Science with R
  • Core 
  • Core
  • NEUR 3XX: Cognitive Neuroscience
  • NEUR 3XX: Social and Affective Neuroscience
  • Core
Year 4
  • NEUR 4XX: Neuroscience Practicum (CEL)
  • NEUR 4XX: Advanced Topics in Neuroscience (Capstone)
  • PSYC 351: Human Neuropsychology
  • NEUR 5XX: Honors in Neuroscience I: Proposal Development
  • NEUR 5XX: Honors in Neuroscience II: Data Analysis and Scientific Report
  • PHIL 204: Philosophy of Science

 

Technology

  Fall Spring
Year 1
  • NEUR 101: Introduction to Neuroscience I (Core B2)
  • NEUR 1XX: Introduction to Philosophy of Mind (Core D1
  • Written Communication I
  • Core
  • NEUR 102: Introduction to Neuroscience II
  • NEUR 103: Neurodiversity, Health Equity and Research Ethics (Cultural Diversity)
  • Written Communication II (Core A2)
  • Public Speaking (Core A1)
Year 2
  • NEUR 201: Data Analysis and Research Design for the Neurosciences I (Core B1)
  • MATH 109: Calculus & Analytic Geometry I
  • Language I
  • Core
  • NEUR 202: Data Analysis and Research Design for the Neurosciences II
  • BIOL 115/116 or BIOL 105/105L
  • Language II
  • Core
Year 3
  • NEUR 3XX: Computational Neuroscience
  • BSDS 100: Intro to Data Science with R
  • Core 
  • Core
  • NEUR 3XX: Neuroscience-informed User Design
  • CS 110: Intro to Computer Science I
Year 4
  • NEUR 4XX: Neuroscience Practicum (CEL)
  • PSYC 319: Cognitive Psychology
  • NEUR 4XX: Advanced Topics in Neuroscience (Capstone)
  • Elective #4

 

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