NOTEScientific study of the brain requires the skills of many different disciplines. Thus, this major is interdisciplinary and interdepartmental. The faculty are biologists, psychologists, biochemists, mathematicians, and engineers, all of whom share a fascination with the function of the brain. The brain is studied at many different levels, including the molecular and cellular levels, the level of systems of neurons, and the behavioral level.
On April 7, 2009 The Undergraduate Council of the Academic Senate, Curriculum Committee certified the Neuroscience, B.S. as a capstone major. The Neuroscience capstone is a project-based culmination to the Neuroscience curriculum. In the Neuroscience major, the capstone requirement is satisfied by participating in research, either under the guidance of an individual faculty member or through enrolling in a research methods class, NS 101L. Completion of either of these two paths provides students with an in-depth exposure to neuroscience research and provides a culminating capstone experience for Neuroscience majors.
PREPARATION FOR THE MAJOR
Mathematics 3A, 3B, 3C OR 31A, 31B, 32A
OR Life Science 30A and 30B
Chemistry and Biochemistry 14A, 14B, 14BL, 14C, 14CL, 14D
OR 20A, 20B, 20L, 30A, 30AL, 30B, 30BL
Life Sciences 1, 2, 3, 23L, 4
Physics 6A, 6B, 6C
OR 1A, 1B, 1C, 4AL, 4BL
Statistics 10 or 13**
**Life Science 30A and 30B students must take Stats 13
Any honors section of a course listed above is also acceptable.
All core curriculum courses must be taken for a letter grade.
Each course must be passed with a grade of C- or above.
The preparation coursework must be completed with an overall 2.0 grade point average or higher.
Students receiving grades below C- in two core curriculum classes, either in separate courses or repetitions of the same course, are subject to dismissal from the major.
You are encouraged to fulfill the preparation requirements prior to enrollment in upper division courses for the major. The courses underlined above must be completed before beginning the Neuroscience core series.
*Psychology 100A and Biostats 100A/110A will be automatically approved substitutions. Students must notify the NS undergraduate counselor to have this substitution applied.
The following eleven (11) courses are required for the neuroscience major, for a total of 47 upper division units.
REQUIRED CORE (6 courses)
• Neuroscience m101A: Fall Quarter Only
Prerequisites: LS 2, Chem 14C/30A, Physics 6B
• Neuroscience m101B: Winter Quarter Only
Prerequisites: NS m101A, LS 3, LS 4 (LS 4 and LS 23L may be taken concurrently with m101B)
• Neuroscience m101C: Spring Quarter Only
Prerequisites: NS m101A, m101B
• Neuroscience 102: Summer or Fall Quarter
Co-requisite: must be taken concurrently with NS m101A or the summer before taking NS m101A
• Chemistry and Biochemistry 153A
Prerequisites: Chem 14D/30B
• Chemistry and Biochemistry 153L
Prerequisites: Chem 14BL/30AL, 153A
PLEASE NOTE: Chem 153L is only open to Neuroscience majors during second pass enrollment. Chem 153L is HEAVILY impacted during the Spring Quarter.
Neuroscience majors should plan on taking Chem 153L in the Summer, Fall, or Winter quarters.
Neuroscience majors should NOT plan on taking Chem 153L in the Spring Quarter, especially in the last quarter of their final year.
A student's spot in the class is not guaranteed so please schedule accordingly.
MAJOR ELECTIVES (3 courses, 1 from each elective category)
Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
Music Industry 103
Neuroscience M119L, M130*, C172, 178, 179, M187*, 191A
Physiological Science C144*, 175, M181*
Psychology 110, 112A, 112B*, 112C*, M117J*, 118, 119A*, 119B*, 119C-F, 119I*, 119J*, M119L, 119M*, M119O, 119R, 119S*, M119X*, 120A, 120B*, 124A, 124B, 124C*, 124D (Consciousness: Current Debates), 124I, 127B, 161, M166*, 188A (Class Title: Legal, Ethical, and Societal Implications of Cognitive Neuroscience)
Systems and Integrative Neuroscience
Neuroscience M119N, M130*, M145*, M187*, 191B
Physiological Science C126*, C127*, 138, C144*, M145*, 146*, 147*, 173, 177, M181*
Psychology 112B*, 112C*, M117J*, 119A*, 119B*, 119I*, 119J*, 119M*, M119N, 119Q, 119S*, M119X*, 120B*, 124C*, 162*, M166*
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Neuroscience
MCD Bio 162
Neuroscience M130*, M145*, M148, C177, 180, 181, 182, 186, M187*, 191C
Physiological Science 121, C126*, C127*, M145*, 146*, 147*, M148, 174, M181*
Psychology M117J*, 162*, M166*
Neurobio M169 or PhySci 135 can be taken as an elective provided that students will still complete one elective for each of the 3 elective options above. These two classes are good options for students taking NS 101L + 1 Additional Elective.
*Electives cross-listed in another area, but only count for one area
**If any of the above electives are not showing in your DARS/DPR, please email Megan Lebre (firstname.lastname@example.org) and it will be manually added.
CAPSTONE RESEARCH OPTIONS (2 courses)
The capstone requirement can be fulfilled by choosing one of the following two options:
Option 1: Laboratory Methods
(1) Neuroscience 101L
Winter Quarter Only
Pre-requisites: NS m101A, m101B (NS m101B can be taken concurrently)
Psych 116 is an approved substitution for NS 101L. Neuroscience majors should keep in mind that students in the Psych department receive
priority for enrollment in Psych 116.
(2) Additional Neuroscience elective
Students who choose the NS 101L option must take a total of 4 upper division electives with at least one from each elective option.
Neurobio M169 or Phy Sci 135 can be taken provided that student has already completed one elective for each of the 3 elective categories.
Option 2: Independent Research
(1) Neuroscience 198A or 199A
(2) Neuroscience 198B or 199B**
Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters
Pre-requisites: NS m101A & SRP 99 under same faculty mentor
Students who choose the NS 198A/B or NS 199A/B option must take 3 upper division electives, one from each elective option. Neurobio M169 and
Phy Sci 135 do not apply.
Poster required at the annual NS undergraduate poster session in May
Please see here for detailed guidelines on enrolling in Neuroscience research courses.
**Students pursuing Departmental Honors must sign up for NS 198AB instead.
Option 3: Project Brainstorm Capstone
NOTE: LIMITED CAPACITY (~10 students per Winter - Spring Quarter)
Project Brainstorm (usually offered as NS 192B) is an outreach class offered to Juniors and Seniors in which you have an opportunity to develop teaching lessons on Neuroscience that you present to local K-12 students.
To use Project Brainstorm to fulfill your capstone requirement, you must do the following:
1) Contact the organizer for Project Brainstorm and the undergraduate Neuroscience advisor to declare your intent to use Project Brainstorm for your capstone
2) Commit to two consecutive quarters (Winter and Spring) of Project Brainstorm
3) Register for Project Brainstorm as a capstone by completing 199A/B contracts and have them approved by the faculty instructor. Opt for letter grading.
4) Participate in all activities of Project Brainstorm, including additional activities designated especially for capstone participants.
5) Prepare and present a poster on your Project Brainstorm experiences at Neuroscience Poster Day in the Spring Quarter of your participation in the capstone.
Please direct any questions to Megan Lebre (MLebre@mednet.ucla.edu) or to Dr. Ellen Carpenter (email@example.com).
Psychology 115 cannot be substituted for Neuroscience M101A; however, Physiological Science 111A can be substituted.
A maximum of eight units of Neuroscience 198 or 199 may be applied toward the major.
All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grade, and a 2.0 average must be maintained in all upper division courses taken for the major.
Students will still need 13 additional upper division units in order to reach the 60 minimum required.