Jul 17, 2024  
Rensselaer Catalog 2024-2025 
    
Rensselaer Catalog 2024-2025

Biological Neuroscience, B.S.


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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 Program in Biological Neuroscience, which will involve both foundational and advanced coursework.

First Year


Fall


  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4

      (See footnote 1 below)

Spring


  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4

      (See footnote 1 below)

Second Year


Fall


  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4

      (See footnote 1 below)

Spring


  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4

      (See footnote 1 below)

Third Year


Please note: The third year of the program varies depending upon which semester the student chooses to take away following The Arch Summer Semester classes. Please note the following differences in curriculum:

  • If students are going to be away during the Fall semester of their junior year, they should take the listed courses for each term and any courses under the Fall Away Track for year three and four of their program.
  • If students are going to be away during the Spring semester of their junior year, they should take the listed courses for each term and any courses under the Spring Away Track for year three and four of their program.

The Arch Summer Semester


*For more information on the ARCH process, please click here: The Arch 

 

 

  • Credit Hours: 4
  • (See footnote 7 below)

  • HASS Core Neuroscience Elective Credit Hours: 4
  •       (See footnotes 1 and 5 below)

  • Advanced Biology Laboratory Option Credit Hours: 6
  •       (See footnote 4 below)

  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 2
  •       (See footnote 6 below)

Fall or Spring


  • HASS Core Neuroscience Elective Credit Hours: 4

      (See footnotes 1 and 5 below)

Fall Away Track


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

Spring Away Track


  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Fall or Spring


Fourth Year


Fall


Fall Away Track


  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Spring Away Track


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

Spring


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

Footnotes


  1. 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.
  2. Students who apply Advanced Placement credits in place of BIOL 1010  and BIOL 1015  may take BIOL 2120  and BIOL 2125  in its place.
  3. Students must take 1 of the following Introductory Lab courses alongside BIOL 1010  Introduction to Biology: BIOL 1015  Introduction to Biology Laboratory OR BIOL 1016  Introduction to Computational Biology Laboratory. Both Laboratory courses are 1-credit. Biology, Biochemistry and Biophysics, Biological Neuroscience majors, and/or students seeking a hands-on wet-lab experience are recommended to register for​ BIOL 1015 . Computational Biology majors, Non-biology students, and/or students who seek to enhance their skills in data analysis are recommended to register for ​BIOL 1016 . Students cannot get credit for both BIOL 1015  and BIOL 1016  .
  4. Communication Intensive and Culminating Experience Requirement (6 credits) cannot by satisfied with transfer credits and must be fulfilled via the Advanced Laboratory requirement.
  5. Neuroscience HASS Requirement (8 credits). Courses required must be selected from the Neuroscience HASS list below.
  6. An additional 2-CR elective may be satisfied by mentoring, research (e.g. BIOL 2900 , BIOL 2930 , BIOL 2940, BIOL 4940 , BIOL 4970 ), or any other elective. This credit may be taken at any time, not necessarily at the time shown in the template.
  7. Cannot be satisfied with transfer credits.
  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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