Joint Major in Neuroscience and Behavior Requirements
Revised April 2003

Advisors: Biology - Professor Stuart Firestein, 923 Fair., 854-4531,
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 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:

5. One advanced psychology seminar from a list approved by the Psychology Department adviser to the program.  see the department website:

- 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.

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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