Course Planning

Neuroscience Major - Planning

The course planning advice here is limited to completing this major which is just one piece of the overall Hendrix College degree requirements.  For a full description of degree requirements see the Catalog.

Possible Degree Path – starting in the first year. The following is a typical plan for this 14 course major.  This is not the only way forward.  Please consult with your advisor to create your unique path. 

First Year
  • Gen Chemistry I (CHEM 110, fall)
  • Cell Biology (BIOL 150, either semester)
  • Possibly 1-2 courses in the Neuroscience major (Elective group A)
Sophomore
  • Brain and Behavior (PSYC 220, either semester)
  • Statistics (from any department, either semester)
  • Possibly 1-2 courses in the Neuroscience major (Elective group A or B)
Junior
  • Philosophy of Mind (PHIL 390, fall)
  • Philosophy of Science (PHIL 350, spring)
  • Cellular & Molecular Neurosci. (BIOL 325, fall)
  • Systems Neuroscience (BIOL 425, spring)
Summer Research (Recommended for students considering graduate studies)
Senior
  • Neuroscience Senior Capstone (NEUR 497,spring)
  • 2-4 courses necessary to complete the Neuroscience major

Possible Degree Path – starting in the second year.  The following is a typical plan to complete this major. Please consult with your advisor or a member of the Department.

First Year -
Sophomore
  • Gen Chemistry I (CHEM 110, fall)

  • Cell Biology (BIOL 150, either semester)

  • Brain and Behavior (PSYC 220, either semester)

  • Statistics (from any department, either semester)

  • Possibly 1-2 courses in the Neuroscience major (Elective group A or B)
Junior
  • Philosophy of Mind (PHIL 390, fall)
  • Philosophy of Science (PHIL 350, spring)
  • Cellular & Molecular Neurosci. (BIOL 325, fall)
  • Systems Neuroscience (BIOL 425, spring)
Summer Research (Recommended for students considering graduate studies)
Senior
  • Neuroscience Senior Capstone (NEUR 497,spring)
  • 2-4 courses necessary to complete the Neuroscience major

Capstone:   

The Neuroscience Capstone Experience is contained within the Neuroscience Senior Capstone (NEUR 497). 

Planning Recommendations:

The Neuroscience Studies Major requires both a breath in multiple disciplines and a depth of focus in a specific field of interest. Please consult with your major advisor to carefully focus your electives to develop depth as some upper-level electives require specific lower-level electives. 

Students must complete Cellular and Molecular NeuroscienceBIOL (325) and Systems Neuroscience(BIOL 425) in their junior year. 

Although research is not required for the major, students planning to pursue a graduate degree are strongly encouraged to participate in independent research. Students should start exploring research options though consultation with the Neuroscience Faculty of the Neuroscience Chair during their sophomore year.