+Courses marked (PM) are required for students wishing to fulfill pre-medical requirements for professional health programs
Special Pre-medicine Note: Both General Physics I, plus Lab (PHYS 2010 /PHYS 2010L ) and General Physics II, plus Lab (PHYS 2020 /PHYS 2020L ) are required for admittance to medical school.
All Neuroscience majors will need to successfully complete a neuroscience research project, including a relevant literature review, before graduation (NSCI 4999 ). The research project will incorporate both a written paper and an oral presentation, both to be rated by a Psychology Department rubric.
The principal requirement for the senior comp research project is that it investigates some aspect of nervous system function (the specific component under investigation is up to the student and/or dependent upon the research lab in which the student can gain access). The project can be completed on- or off-campus and planning MUST be initiated by the spring semester of the Junior year (or at least two semesters prior to degree completion).
The student is responsible for fully informing the research mentor of the necessities of the senior comp project, which include:
- Demonstrate conceptual understanding of a neuroscientific research problem via a full review of relevant literature related to the research question (i.e. Introduction section of paper and oral report). The review should address the specific model of nervous system anatomy and function as it pertains to the research question.
- Demonstrate understanding of the connection of previous literature to the present research question(s) (i.e. testable research hypotheses).
- Demonstrate the communication and application of relevant research methodological techniques necessary for addressing the hypotheses (i.e. communicating and implemented methods via Methods section).
- Demonstrate understanding of appropriate statistical methods for addressing the hypotheses (i.e. selecting and implementing the correct statistical tests and described accurately in Results section).
- Demonstrate overall understanding of how the collected data does or does not support the hypotheses and how the data relates back to previous data as well as future research directions (i.e. thorough cohesive Discussion section).