Joint Major in Neuroscience and Behavior Requirements
Revised April 2003
Advisors: Biology - Professor Stuart Firestein, 923 Fair.,
Psychology - Professor Jon Horvitz, 317 Schrm., 854-8945, firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Biology C2005 - Intro. to Molecular and Cellular Biology I. (The lectures for this course and for Biology F2401 are identical. If you have a course conflict, you can register for C2005 and attend the Biology F2401 lectures. See FAQs for majors for more details.)
2. Biology C2006 - Intro. to Molecular and Cellular Biology II (The lectures for this course and for Biology F2402 are identical. See above for how to deal with course conflicts.)
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
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
For the definitive list of psychology requirements, see the Psychology
Dept. web site at
1. W1001 - The science of psychology
2. W1010 - Mind, brain, and behavior or W2450 - Behavioral neuroscience
3. One lab or statistics course from the following:
W1420 - Exp. Psych.: Human Behavior
W1440 - Exp. Psych.: Learning & Motivation
W1460 - Lab. Methods in Exp. Psych.
W1480 - Exp. Psych.: Perception & Attention
W1490 - Exp. Psych.: Thinking & Decision Making
STAT 1111 or STAT 1211
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: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/psychology/dept/ugrad/curriculum.html#20003000).
5. One advanced psychology seminar from a list approved by the Psychology Department adviser to the program. see the department website: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/psychology/dept/ugrad/curriculum.html#advsem).
Chemistry - one year of general chemistry or the high school equivalent
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.
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
NOTE: Most graduate programs in Neuroscience require 1 year of calculus, 1 year of physics and chemistry through organic.
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