Neuroscience

Transfer Major

Decisions on the transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students enrolled in this major should contact the Transfer Services Office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Founders 210 • Phone (215) 968-8270
Curriculum Code No. 1194

Neuroscience encompasses the neural foundations of normal and abnormal behavior and the application of this knowledge to the diagnosis and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders, as well as to the development of brain-based methods and models in fields ranging from education to economics. The Neuroscience Program provides students with an understanding of fundamental neuroscientific concepts in preparation for transfer to a four-year college and completion of the baccalaureate degree in neuroscience or a related discipline, or employment as a technician in the pharmaceutical, medical device, medical instrumentation, or biotechnology industries.

Graduates of this program are able to:

  • Describe the structure and function of the nervous system in health and disease;
  • Apply the principles of scientific reasoning to neuroscience; and
  • Identify, retrieve, read, and discuss neuroscience articles published in the peer-reviewed literature.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Credits
BIOL121
Biological Principles I F
4
BIOL122
Biological Principles II F
4
CHEM121
Chemistry I A,F
4
CHEM122
Chemistry II F
4
COMM110
Effective Speaking F,6
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,F,2
3
COMP111
English Composition II F,3
3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge F,5
3
MATH115
Elementary Statistics A,F
3
MATH120
College Algebra A,B,F,1
4
MATH122
Trigonometry and Analytical Geometry A,C,F
3
NEUR121
Fundamentals of Neuroscience F
4
NEUR122
Clinical Neuroscience F
3
PHIL125
Basic Problems of Philosophy 7
3
PSYC110
Introduction to Psychology A,F,4
3
PSYC215
Introductory Psychological Statistics F
4
Psychology Elective D,F 3
Personal Health E 2
Total Credit Hours 60

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
COMM110
Effective Speaking F,6
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,F,2
3
MATH120
College Algebra A,B,F,1
4
PSYC110
Introduction to Psychology A,F,4
3
Personal Health E 2
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
CHEM121
Chemistry I A,F
4
COMP111
English Composition II F,3
3
MATH122
Trigonometry and Analytical Geometry A,C,F
3
PHIL125
Basic Problems of Philosophy 7
3
Psychology Elective D,F 3
Total Credit Hours 16

Third Semester

Course Credits
BIOL121
Biological Principles I F
4
CHEM122
Chemistry II F
4
MATH115
Elementary Statistics A,F
3
NEUR121
Fundamentals of Neuroscience F
4
Total Credit Hours 15

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
BIOL122
Biological Principles II F
4
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge F,5
3
NEUR122
Clinical Neuroscience F
3
PSYC215
Introductory Psychological Statistics F
4
Total Credit Hours 14

A Placement testing required.
B MATH122, MATH125, or MATH140 may be substituted .
C CMATH125, MATH140, or MATH141 may be substituted
D PSYC181, PSYC200, PSYC230, or PSYC280 may be chosen
E Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory.
FCourse requires prerequisite.

1 Satisfies Math or Science.
2 Satisfies College Writing Level I.
3 Satisfies College Writing Level II.
4 Satisfies Social Perspectives.
5 Satisfies Writing Intensive Requirement.
6 Satisfies Creative Expression.
7 Satisfies Cultural Perspectives.

Students should select their electives in consultation with their advisor taking their specific goals into consideration. Refer to the Social Services Manual to determine which courses contribute to the competencies pertaining to the various occupational categories.

Credits exceeding the require minimum cannot be used to satisfy required credits in other course requirements.