Curriculum

Curriculum Options

Students must choose between one of two curriculum options: Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience, or Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience. Both curricula will provide students with a broad and interdisciplinary knowledge of modern neuroscience, however will allow some specialization based upon student interests and career goals.  The Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience option will include significantly more depth in psychological aspects of neuroscience with slightly less depth in cell structure/function and chemistry.  This option is ideal for students with a strong interest in the biological basis of how people learn and behave, systems-level analysis, and are targeted toward behavioral sciences.  The Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience option will provide more depth in how the nervous system functions on the cellular and chemical levels and is ideal for students targeted toward biomolecular research and intervention.  Since both options require significant cumulative coursework in psychology, biology and chemistry, it is essential that students entering the major plan their course schedules strategically as early as possible.  All students seriously interested in this degree should contact one of the neurosceince advisors to discuss their plans.

Course Requirements for the Options

Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Option
Core Courses Credits Semester
BIOB 160/161N - Principles of Living Systems* 4 A/S/Su
BIOB 260 - Cell and Molecular Biology 4 A/Su
BIOB 272 - Genetics and Evolution 3 S/Su
BIOH 280 - Fundamentals of Neuroscience 3 S
BIOH 380 - Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience 3 S
BIOH 458W - Neuro Research Techniques** 4 A
PSYX 250 - Fundamentals of Biological Psychology 3 A/S/Su
*or BCH 110/111 (offered spring semesters)
**BIOH 380+458W together satisfy the U.D. Writing Reqmnt.
Additional Required Major Courses for C & B Option Credits Semester
PSYX 270 - Fundamentals of Learning 3 A
PSYX 280 - Fundamentals of Memory and Cognition 3 intmtnt
PSYX 356 - Human Neuropsychology 3 A/S/Su
BCH 380 - Biochemistry 4 A/S
Choose at least 2 of the following:
BIOB 301 - Developmental Biology 3 A
BIOH 365 - Human Anat and Psychology I 4 A/Su
PSYX 352 - Comparative Psychology 3 A
KIN 330 - Motor Control and Learning 3 A/S
BIOH 441 - CNS Diseases 3 A
BMED 610 - Neuropharmacology 3 F, alt yrs
BMED 646 - Neurotoxicology 3 S
Intersection Courses
Choose at least 1 of the following:
Credits Semester
BIOE 406 - Behavior and Evolution 4 A
DANC 345 - Teaching Dance to People with Disabilities 1,R4 A/S
ECON 451 - Experimental and Behavioral Economics 3 S
HTH 430 - Health and Mind, Body, Spirit Relationship 3 A
LIT 491 - Poetry, Cognition and the Brain 3 intmtnt
PSYX 233 - Fundamentals of the Psychology of Aging 3 A/S/Su
Other Required Courses Credits Semester
CHMY 121N* - Intro to General Chemistry 3 A/S
CHMY 123* - Intro to Organic and Biochem
(CHEM 132)
3 A/S
CHMY 124* - Intro to Organic and Biochem Lab 2 A/S
*may be subtituted with CHMY 141/143/221/222
M 162 - Applied Calculus (MATH 150) 4 A/S
PHSX 205N/206N—Coll Phys I and Lab (PHYS 121, 111/113) 5 A/S
PHSX 207N/208N—Coll Phys II and Lab 5 A/S
STAT 216—Statistics or 4 A/S
PSYX 222 - Psychological Statistics 3 A/S/Su

PDF of Curriculum for C & B Option

PDF of Sample 4-yr Schedule for C & B Option

Cell and Molecular Neuroscience Option
Core Courses Credits Semester
BIOB 160/161N - Principles of Living Systems* 4 A/S/Su
BIOB 260 - Cell and Molecular Biology 4 A/Su
BIOB 272 - Genetics and Evolution 3 S/Su
BIOH 280 - Fundamentals of Neuroscience 3 S
BIOH 380 - Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience 3 S
BIOH 458W - Neuro Research Techniques** 3 A
PSYX 250 - Fundamentals of Biological Psychology 3 A/S/Su
*or BCH 110/111 (offered spring semesters)
**BIOH 380+458W together satisfy the U.D. Writing Reqmnt.
Additional Required Major Courses for C & M Option Credits Semester
BIOB 425 - Adv. Cell & Molecular Biology 3 S
BCH 480 - Advanced Biochemistry I 3 A
BCH 482 - Advanced Biochemistry II 3 S
A. Choose at least 1 of the following:
BIOB 301 - Developmental Biology 3 A
BIOH 365 - Human Anat and Physiology I 4 A/Su
CSD 411 - Neuroanatomy of Comm Disorders 3 S
BIOL 435 - Comp. Anim. Physiology 3 S
B. Choose at least 1 of the following:
KIN 330 - Motor Control and Learning 3 A/S
BIOB 375 - General Genetics 3 S
PSYX 356 - Human Neuropsychology 3 S
BIOB 468 - Endocrinology 3 intmtnt
BIOH 441 - CNS Diseases 3 A
BMED 646 - Neurotoxicology 3 S
BMED 610 - Neuropharmacology 3 F-alt yrs
Intersection Courses Choose at least 1 of the following: Credits Semester
BIOE 406 - Behavior and Evolution 4 A
DANC 345 - Teaching Dance to People with Disabilities 1,R4 A/S
ECON 451 - Experimental and Behavioral Economics 3 S
HTH 430 - Health and Mind, Body, Spirit Relationship 3 A
LIT 491 - Poetry, Cognition and the Brain 3 intmtnt
PSYX 233 - Fundamentals of the Psychology of Aging 3 A,S,Su
Other Required Courses Credits Semester
CHMY 141N - College Chemistry 5 A/S
CHMY 143N - College Chemistry II 5 S/Su
CHMY 221/222 - Org. Chem. I & Lab 5 A
CHMY 223 - Org. Chem. II 3 S
M 162 - Applied Calculus (MATH 150) 4 A/S
PHSX 205N/206N—Coll Phys I and Lab (PHYS 121, 111/113) 5 A/S
PHSX 207N/208N—Coll Phys II and Lab 5 A/S
STAT 216—Statistics or 4 A/S
PSYX 222 - Psychological Statistics 3 A/S/Su

PDF of Curriculum for C & M Option

PDF of Sample 4-yr Schedule for C & M Option

Grade Requirements

  • Only grades of C- or better are accepted for required courses listed above.
  • Both overall UM GPA and major GPA must be 2.0 in order to graduate. 
  • Major GPA is calculated from all courses listed above taken at UM.