Oct 30, 2020  
Rensselaer Catalog 2020-2021 
    
Rensselaer Catalog 2020-2021

Biological Neuroscience


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Neuroscience is the study of the structure and function of the brain and nervous system.  This field is highly interdisciplinary with scientists and engineers from many different backgrounds using multiple experimental approaches.  At Rensselaer through the Department of Biological Sciences, we offer a Concentration in Biological Neuroscience, which will involve both foundational and advanced coursework.

First Year


Fall


  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4

      (See footnote 2 below)

Spring


  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4

      (See footnote 2 below)

Second Year


Fall


  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4

      (See footnote 2 below)

Spring


  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4

      (See footnote 2 below)

Third Year


The Arch Summer Semester


In order to successfully complete the Biological Neuroscience Curriculum, students must take the Fall Semester following the Arch Summer Semester away, unless they have been given an exemption from the Arch Summer Semester (see footnote 7).

  • HASS Core Neuroscience Elective Credit Hours: 4

      (See footnotes 2 and 4 below)

  • Advanced Biology Laboratory Option Credit Hours: 6

      (See footnote 3 below)

  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 2

      (See footnote 5 below)

Spring


  • HASS Core Neuroscience Elective Credit Hours: 4

      (See footnotes 2 and 4 below)

  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Fourth Year


Fall


  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Spring


  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Footnotes


  1. Students who apply Advanced Placement credits in place of BIOL 1010 may take BIOL 2120 in its place.
  2. Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Core Electives: A total of 24 credits of HASS Core Electives should be taken. Students should take an Inquiry course during their first year. For a listing of HASS Inquiry courses go to: https://info.rpi.edu/hass-inquiry. In addition, students should take a HASS Communications Intensive course during their first three semesters.
  3. Communication Intensive and Culminating Experience Requirement (6 credits) cannot by satisfied with transfer credits and must be fulfilled via the Advanced Laboratory requirement.
  4. Neuroscience HASS Requirement (8 credits). Courses required must be selected from the Neuroscience HASS list below.
  5. An additional 2-CR elective may be satisfied by mentoring, research (e.g. BIOL 2900, 2930, 2940, 4940, 4970), or any other elective. This credit may be taken at any time, not necessarily at the time shown in the template.
  6. Cannot be satisfied with transfer credits.
  7. For students who have applied for and been granted an exception, The Arch Summer courses would be taken during the fall semester. For listing of the exception process go to: http://info.rpi.edu/arch/students/#ExceptionProcess
  8. No more than one of BIOL 4100, BIOL 4200, BIOL 4250, and BIOL 4270 can be satisfied by transfer credits.

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