Neuroscience, BSLAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences Major in Neuroscience


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overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

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email: undergrad@mcb.illinois.edu


for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences Major in Neuroscience


Minimum Required Courses: 83-84 hours including 29 hours of 300- or 400-level courses. 12 hours of advanced level courses in the major must be taken on the Urbana-Champaign campus.
In addition, undergraduate research (MCB 290) in an MCB Neuroscience-designated lab is strongly recommended for students planning to go to graduate school. No more than 10 hours of MCB 290 credit may be counted towards the 120 hours required for a degree in Neuroscience.
Students earning a degree in Neuroscience may not also earn a second degree in the Specialized Curriculum in Biochemistry.
Students earning a degree in Neuroscience may not double major in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Distinction

Students in Neuroscience can qualify for Distinction via one of the following:

Distinction for Excellence in Research:

To be eligible for graduation with Distinction a student must:

Complete 3 semesters of MCB 290 for 2 credit hours or more each semester. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 at the end of penultimate semester. Give at least one poster presentation at the Undergraduate Research symposium or other approved venue. Obtain a letter of support from their Principal Investigator.

To be eligible for graduation with High Distinction a student must:

Complete 3 semesters of MCB 290, in an MCB Neuroscience-designated lab, for 2 credit hours or more each semester. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 at the end of penultimate semester. Give at least one presentation at the Undergraduate Research Symposium or other approved venue. Obtain a letter of support from their Principal Investigator..

To be eligible for graduation with Highest Distinction a student must:

Complete 2 semesters of MCB 290, in an MCB Neuroscience-designated lab, for 2 credit hours or more each semester. Complete 1 semester of MCB 492 for 3 credit hours or more. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 at the end of penultimate semester. Give at least one presentation at the Undergraduate Research Symposium or other approved venue. Obtain a letter of support from their Principal Investigator. Submit a written thesis that is approved by the Distinction Committee.

Distinction for Excellence in Academics:

To be eligible for graduation with Academic Distinction a student must:

Maintain a major GPA of 3.90 or higher in the Neuroscience major (MCB/Neuroscience, Chemistry, Physics and Math courses for the Neuroscience major) at the end of their penultimate semester.

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements, including the campus general education language requirement.

Minimum required major and supporting course work: 83-84 hours, including 29 credit hours of 300- or 400-level courses; 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.

Minimum Hours required for graduation: 120 hours.


Supporting Courses30-31
Calculus
Calculus I
Calculus II
Biostatistics
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Lab I
and General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Lab II
Elementary Organic Chemistry I
Elementary Organic Chem Lab I
College Physics: Mech & Heat
and College Physics: E&M & Modern
Neuroscience Introductory Courses11
Molec & Cellular Basis of Life
Society and the Brain
Intro Psych
Neuroscience Core Courses13
Molecular Genetics
Exp Techniqs in Molecular Biol
Cells, Tissues & Development
Exp Techniqs in Cellular Biol
Behavioral Neuroscience
Cognitive Psych
Advanced Neuroscience Courses14
Introduction to Neurobiology
Biochem & Phys Basis of Life
Neuroanatomy Laboratory
Cell & Molecular Neuroscience
Integrative Neuroscience
Advanced Neuroscience Elective Courses
Five additional three- or four-credit hour courses (minimum of 15 hours) at the 300- to 400-level from the Approved Advanced Elective Courses List are also required. 115
Total Hours83-84
1

The Approved Advanced Elective Course List will be available on the MCB website and will be updated each semester to most accurately reflect the courses to be offered each academic year.