Joint Major in Neuroscience and Behavior Requirements

General Studies

Revised April 2003

Biology - Professor Deborah Mowshowitz, office hours;  744 Fair. Ext., 854-4497,
Psychology - Professor Jon Horvitz, 317 Schrm., 854-8945,

The Department of Psychology and the Department of Biological Sciences co-sponsor a combined major in neuroscience and behavior. In addition to one year of general chemistry (or the high school equivalent), ten courses are required to complete the major, five from Biology and five from Psychology.


1. Biology F2401 - Contemporary Biology I  or  Biology C2005 - Intro. to Molecular and Cellular Biology I

2. Biology F2402 - Contemporary Biology II  or  Biology C2006  - Intro. to Molecular and Cellular Biology II

3. W3004 - Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology 

4. W3005 - Developmental and Systems Neurobiology

5. One additional 3000 or 4000 level biology course from the following:
    W3002 - Intro to Animal Structure and Function
    W3006 - Physiology (or W3033)
    W3022 - Developmental Biology
    C3032 - Genetics (or W3031)
    W3034 - Biotechnology
    W3041 - Cell Biology  
    W3037 - Whole Genome Bioinformatics
    W3150 - The Cell as a Machine
    Biochem G4021 or  Biol-Chem C3501 - Biochemistry
    W3512 - Molecular Biology

    G4001 - Intro to Neural Development
    G4008 - Advanced seminar in neurobiology 
    G4011 - Neural systems: circuits in the brain
    G4600 - Signal transduction    

1. Psychology W1001;
2. Psychology W1010 or W2450;
3. Psychology W1420, 1440, 1460, 1480, or 1490, or Statistics W1111 or W1211;
4. One additional 2000 or 3000 level psychology course from a list approved by the Psychology Departmental adviser to the program.  see the department website:
5. One advanced psychology seminar from a list approved by the Psychology Department adviser to the program.  see the department website:

Transfer Credit for Psychology Courses taken elsewhere. Students should consult the psychology advisor before registering for psychology courses offered outside the Department. With the advisor's approval, one Barnard psychology course may be applied toward the 3rd, 4th, or 5th psychology requirement. Alternatively, a student may apply to the advisor to have one course from another institution applied toward the psychology portion of the Neuroscience and Behavior major. To be approved for transfer credit a course taken at another institution should be substantially similar to one offered by the department and the grade received must be B- or better.

Note: No course may be counted twice in fulfillment of the above biology or psychology requirements. A grade of C-, or higher, must be earned in any Columbia course that is used to satisfy the major requirement. Also, courses taken on a pass/fail basis may not be used to satisfy the major requirement.

NOTE: Most graduate programs in Neuroscience require 1 year of calculus, 1 year of physics and chemistry through organic.

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