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Neuroscience

BS in Neuroscience Distinction


4277 Science and Engineering Laboratory (SEL)
(312) 413–1060
http://www.uic.edu/las/LIN/
Administration: Director, Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience, Janet Richmond
Academic Advisors: Tricia Stark, Vanessa Ricker
Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, and Neuroscience Advising Office, 3268 SES, (312) 996-2211



The Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience is awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to students who successfully complete the curriculum. It is a joint program sponsored by the Departments of Biological Sciences and Psychology with the support of Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience (LIN) faculty from the Departments of Chemistry and Philosophy. Students are advised by the Department of Biological Sciences.

The curriculum is intended for students planning advanced study in neuroscience; those who will be pursing health professional careers; and those seeking employment and careers in the life sciences upon completing their bachelor’s degree.

BS in Neuroscience

Admission Requirements

A student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00/4.00 and have completed either BIOS 286—Biology of the Brain or PSCH 262—Physiological Psychology.

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience degree from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements.

The curriculum requires a minimum of 120 semester hours as distributed below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

BS in Neuroscience Degree Requirements
Hours
Requirements for the Curriculum
120
Minimum Total Hours—BS in Neuroscience
120

 

Requirements for the Curriculum

The requirements for the curriculum include the courses necessary to complete the General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline requirements described in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section.

Courses
Hours
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts
3
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research
3
Foreign language (the equivalent of two years of a single language at the college level)
0–16
Exploring World Cultures coursea
3
Understanding the Creative Arts coursea
3
Understanding the Past coursea
3
Understanding U.S. Society coursea
3
PSCH 100—Introduction to Psychologyb
4
MATH 180—Calculus Icd
5
BIOS 100—Biology of Cells and Organismsc
5
BIOS 101—Biology of Populations and Communitiesc
5
BIOS 220—Mendelian and Molecular Geneticse
3
BIOS 221—Genetics Laboratory
3
BIOS 222—Cell Biology
3
CHEM 112—General College Chemistry Ic
5
CHEM 114—General College Chemistry IIc
5
CHEM 232—Organic Chemistry I
4
CHEM 233—Organic Chemistry Laboratory
1
CHEM 234—Organic Chemistry II
4
PHIL 202—Philosophy of Psychology
3
PSCH 242—Introduction to Research in Psychology
3
PSCH 343—Statistical Methods in Behavioral Research
3
BIOS/PHIL/PSCH 484/485—Neuroscience I and II
6
 
One of the following courses:
3
BIOS 286—Biology of the Brain (3)  
PSCH 262—Behavioral Neuroscience (3)  
   
One of the following courses:
3
PHIL 203—Metaphysics (3)  
PHIL 204—Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (3)  
PHIL 403—Metaphysics (3)  
PHIL 404—Philosophy of Science (3)  
   
Two of the following laboratory courses:
6–8
BIOS 483—Neuroanatomy (4)  
BIOS 486—Animal Behavior and Neuroethology (4)  
BIOS 489—Cellular Neurobiology Lab (3)  
PSCH 351—Laboratory in Perception (3)  
PSCH 361—Laboratory in Learning and
Conditioning (3)
 
PSCH 363—Laboratory in Physiological
Psychology (3)
 
   
One of the following courses:
3
PSCH 350—Sensation and Perception (3)  
PSCH 360—Learning (3)  
   
Nine semester hours in upper-division courses in biological sciences,e chemistry, philosophy, psychology, or any physics courses to be chosen in consultation with an academic advisor.
9
Electives to complete degree requirement of 120 hours
0–16
Minimum Total Hours—Requirements for the Curriculum
120

a Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved courses in this category.
b This course is approved for the Understanding the Individual and Society General Education category.
c This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.
d Completion of MATH 121, the prerequisite to MATH 180, or placement into MATH 180 fulfills the LAS Quantitative Reasoning requirement.
e BIOS 220 fulfills the LAS Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement. BIOS 386—Seminar in Neurobiology is also recommended from the biological sciences electives to develop written and oral communication skills.

Recommended Plan of Study

To view a recommended plan of study for the Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, please visit the LAS website at http://www.las.uic.edu/students/prospective-undergraduate/degree-programs/four-year-model-plans.

Distinction

Distinction in Neuroscience. Awarded at the time of graduation to those students who demonstrate exceptional performance. Distinction in Neuroscience is awarded to students with a minimum of 3.70 cumulative grade point average in the curriculum and to students who achieve a minimum 3.40 grade point average and successfully complete an independent research project in BIOS 399 or PSCH 399.

Highest Distinction in Neuroscience. Awarded to students who have a minimum 3.70 grade point average in the neuroscience curriculum and successfully complete a BIOS 399 or PSCH 399 (research) level course in their area of concentration.