The bachelor of science program, directed jointly by the psychology and biology departments, helps students understand nervous systems from a variety of scientific perspectives.

Hands-on learning opportunities are emphasized through laboratory courses and undergraduate research experiences. Although not required, students are encouraged to pursue independent study, advanced research, or honors.


In addition to the Common Course of Study, 17 courses including Biology 101, 256; Chemistry 121, 122, 221; Neuroscience 201, 401; Physics 111, 112 or 131, 133; Psychology 110, 120, 323. Five electives, at least two from each category: Category A-Psychology 203, 225, 232, 236, 256, 321, 322, 324; Philosophy 225, 230; Neuroscience 255, 275; Category B-Biology 212, 213, 214, 245, 251, 255, 274, 310, 312, 314, 336; Chemistry 351; Computational Methods 151. Neuroscience 351 can count as either a category A or B elective. One semester of a neuroscience research course (Neuroscience 391/392 , 491/492, or 495/496) may be used as the fifth elective; however, a neuroscience research course does not count towards the two required for each category. Neuroscience majors may not minor in psychology and may not seek a second major (A.B. or B.S.) in either biology or psychology.

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Getting Involved in Research at Lafayette

The most important step in starting your research experience is to discuss your interests with a faculty member from the Neuroscience Program. Ideally, you should seek out the faculty member whose research work is most similar to your own interests. Don’t be dissuaded if you cannot pinpoint your exact area of interest; any faculty member from the Neuroscience Program will be happy to talk with you and help you explore what type of research would be best for you. A faculty member may request that you enroll in a specific upper-level course to ensure that your motivation is genuine, that you have an essential base of information, and to acquaint you with some fundamental laboratory techniques.

Prof. Elaine R Reynolds teaches a lab in Oechsle where students use microscopes to work with leach ganglia.

Prof. Elaine R Reynolds teaches a lab in Oechsle where students use microscopes to work with leach ganglia.

The chair of the neuroscience program approves your pursuit of research. Once you and the faculty member have agreed to work together, you will begin to explicitly define the research project. The first, critical step is to conduct an extensive literature search. Your specific obligations will be determined by the nature of the project, but we expect students to be reliable, enthusiastic, and hard working, and to appreciate the ethical and moral responsibilities that come with research. As a general guideline, you should plan on spending 10 hours a week working on your research project.

Our Course and Research Handbook   ’16-17 Handbook

Requirements And Schedule for Honors Thesis

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