The Scientific 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
OR Life Sciences 7A,7B,7C, 23L
**Please Note: The LS 1-4 series is scheduled to phase out after Spring 2018.
See important message regarding LS series at bottom of this page.
Physics 6A, 6B, 6C OR 5A, 5B, 5C
OR 1A, 1B, 1C, 4AL, 4BL
**Please Note: The Physics 6 series is scheduled to phase out after Winter 2018.
See important message regarding Physics series at bottom of this page.
Statistics 10 or 13**
**Life Science 30A and 30B students must take Stats 13.
Note: For students who take Math 3ABC or Math 31AB, 32A, you may substitute Stats 10 or 13 with Psychology 100A and Biostats 100A/110A.
These classes will be automatically approved substitutions. Students must notify the NS undergraduate counselor to have this substitution applied.
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 or declaring the major.
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 2/7C, Chem 14C/30A, Physics 6B/5C/1B
• 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
• Neuroscience 102: Fall Quarter
Co-requisite: must be taken concurrently with Neuroscience m101A
• Chemistry and Biochemistry 153A
Prerequisites: Chem 14D/30B
• Chemistry and Biochemistry 153L*****(ONLY required for Neuroscience majors completing their degree in Spring 2017, Summer 2017, Fall 2017, and Winter 2018. See important message below.)
Prerequisites: Chem 14BL/30AL, 153A
MAJOR ELECTIVES (3 courses, 1 from each elective category)
PLEASE READ: If any of the electives listed below are not populating on your Degree Audit Report (DAR), please email Megan Lebre (email@example.com) and the class will be manually substituted in your DAR.
This list of electives is the most current list of approved electives and is kept updated.
Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
Disability Studies M139
Music Industry 103
Neuroscience M119L, M123*, M130*, M161, C172, 178, 179, M187*, 191A
Physiological Science CM123*, 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, M139, 161, M166*, 188A (Class Title: Legal, Ethical, and Societal Implications of Cognitive Neuroscience), 188B (Class Title: Neuroscience of Social Perception)
Systems and Integrative Neuroscience
Neuroscience M119N, M123*, M130*, M145*, M187*, 191B
Physiological Science CM123*, C126*, C127*, 135, 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*, C177, 180, 181, 182, 186, M187*, 191C
Physiological Science 121, C126*, C127*, M145*, 146*, 147*, 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.
A * next to an elective course number means the elective is cross-listed in another category, but only count for one category.
CAPSTONE RESEARCH OPTIONS (2 courses)
The capstone requirement can be fulfilled by choosing one of the following three 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.
In other words, one elective from each of the three categories PLUS an additional elective from any category.
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 Neuroscience undergraduate poster session in Spring Quarter
Please see here for detailed guidelines on enrolling in Neuroscience research courses.
**Students pursuing Departmental Honors must sign up for NS 198AB instead.
PLEASE NOTE: You may ONLY do Neuroscience 199AB OR Neuroscience 198AB ONCE. If you'd like to continue with your Neuroscience research, please visit the Research page and review the requirements for Neuroscience 199C which may also only be taken once.
Option 3: Project Brainstorm Capstone
NOTE: LIMITED CAPACITY (~6 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 counselor 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.
INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY FOR PROJECT BRAINSTORM AS CAPSTONE WILL BE RELEASED ON THE WEBSITE AND VIA NEUROSC MAILING LIST AT THE END OF OCTOBER 2017 FOR WINTER AND SPRING 2018 ENROLLMENT.
Psychology 115 cannot be substituted for Neuroscience M101A; however, Physiological Science 111A can be substituted.
A student will receive 0 credit units if Psych 115 is taken AFTER completing Neuroscience M101A.
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.
**MESSAGE REGARDING CHEM 153L (UPDATED 5/19/2017)
Chemistry 153L is being removed from the upper division Neuroscience major core requirements.
Here is how the change will affect you:
If you are graduating in 2017 Spring, 2017 Summer, 2017 Fall, and 2018 Winter the change does NOT affect you.You still need to complete Chemistry 153L.
If you are a junior and have completed Chemistry 153L, please contact Undergraduate Counselor, Megan Lebre, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All incoming students in Fall 17 (transfer and freshmen) as well as current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors that have not taken Chem 153L no longer need to complete Chem 153L for the major.
**MESSAGE REGARDING LIFE SCIENCES SERIES (UPDATED 6/16/2017)
Below please find important information regarding enrollment in the LS 1-4 and LS 7 series. Please read through this information thoroughly; if you have any questions, please direct them to the Life Science Core office at email@example.com. Thank you.
STUDENTS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN LS 1, 2, 3 AND/OR 4
Complete the sequence. The timeline for offering these courses is scheduled as follows:
· LS 1 – will be offered in Fall Quarter 2017. If you need this course, we strongly encourage that you take the course this term.
· LS 2 – will be offered in the Fall Quarter 2017 and Winter Quarter 2018. We strongly encourage that you take this course by Winter 2018.
· LS 3/ LS 4 – Both courses will be offered Fall Quarter 2017, Winter Quarter 2018, and Spring Quarter 2018. We strongly encourage that you take these courses by Spring 2018.
· LS 23L – is not being eliminated. Students are, however, encouraged to complete LS 23L no later than Winter Quarter 2018. During this transition we expect a large number of students to take LS 23L starting in Spring 2018, therefore if you have the opportunity you should take it before then (ex: Summer 2017, Fall 2017 or Winter 2018).
Any student who has conflicts with enrolling in these courses according to the timelines above should contact the Life Science Core office; every effort will be made to insure that students complete the series at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year.
STUDENTS NOT CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN LS 1-4
If you have not enrolled in LS 1, 2, 3 or 4 yet, you may begin this LS series during our Summer Session A and C. If you cannot take Summer courses, then you may enroll in the LS 7 series. A small number of seats will be offered in Fall Quarter 2017 during June enrollment; if you want to try to enroll in this course, make sure to attempt to do so during your first pass. During the summer, some seats in LS 7A will be held for incoming students; any remaining seats will be made available to continuing students beginning on September 19, 2017.
If you do not get an opportunity to enroll in LS 7A in Fall Quarter 2017, the course will be offered again in Winter Quarter 2018 and Spring Quarter 2018.
**MESSAGE REGARDING PHYSICS SERIES (UPDATED 6/9/2017)
The Physics & Astronomy Department is transitioning to a new Physics series for Life Science majors. Students who have begun the Physics 6 series will have until Winter 2018 to complete the old Physics 6 series. After Winter 2018, the Physics 6 series will be completely phased out and replaced with the new Physics 5 series. Please take note of this to plan accordingly.
Some additional notes about the Physics series that may be helpful:
- Physics 6A will no longer be offered after Summer 2017.
- Physics will be offering two lectures for Physics 6B and 6C offered in Fall 2017, and two lectures of Physics 6C will be offered in Winter 2018. After that quarter, only the Physics 5 series will be offered.
- Physics 5A will be offered beginning in Fall 2017, with 4 lectures planned.
- Summer EAP Physics programs (Dublin, Ireland, & Sussex) will continue to be accepted.
- Neuroscience majors and minors must complete Physics 5A and 5C prior to starting NS M101A. The Physics 5 series is not sequential so you may take Physics 5A then Physics 5C and save Physics 5B for a later quarter. Or, you can take it in alpha order as Physics 5A, 5B, and then 5C. The material in Physics 5A and 5C is what is need for NS M101A and so Physics 5A and 5C will be the Physics pre-reqs for NS M101A.
Questions related to this transition from the Physics 6 series to the Physics 5 series should be referred to the UCLA Physics Department.