Understanding the Nervous System
Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field in which scientists share a common interest in studying the anatomy, physiology, and function of the nervous system and how it regulates behavior.
The neuroscience major is designed to provide a strong foundation in neuroscience while giving students the flexibility to select courses that prepare them for a wide variety of career options. These include, but are not limited to, graduate study in neuroscience, physiological psychology, neuropsychology, and healthcare areas such as physical therapy, neuro-rehabilitation and medicine. Neuroscience is also a major for students who are simply interested in understanding the nature of brain-behavior relationships and want to pursue the field as part of a liberal arts education. Students will find that this major is compatible with a wide range of minors or double majors such as (but not limited to) biology, chemistry, exercise science, philosophy, or psychology.
The minimum passing grade for any course taken towards satisfying the neuroscience major or minor is a "C". This standard applies to all lower and upper division Neuroscience courses and all other courses required for the major or minor.
Regis College students must complete the Core Studies requirements in addition to their major requirements. Core Studies consists of:
- Core Foundation: 6 credits, or two courses taken over the fall and spring of freshmen year
- Distributive Core: 40-46 credits that represent a variety of offerings in disciplines that provide the underpinning of a solid liberal education
- Integrative Core: 12 credits, or four upper division courses taken in the junior and senior year
More information about Regis College Core Studies can be found here.
Listed below are the degree requirements for completion of the B.S. in Neuroscience. Please note that recent course requirement updates might not be listed and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.
|Lower Division Requirements* (25 credit hours)
||Principles of Biology: Molecular and Cellular (3 ch)
||Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory (1 ch)
||Principles of Biology: Organismic (3 ch)
||Organismic Biology Laboratory (1 ch)
||Principles of Chemistry I (4 ch)
||Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I (1 ch)
|CH 230 and
CH 250 and
|Principles of Chemistry II (4 ch)
Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II (1 ch)
Organic Chemistry I (4 ch)
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1 ch)
||Introduction to Brain and Behavior (3 ch)
||Introduction to Brain and Behavior Laboratory (1 ch)
|PY 250/PY 250C
||General Psychology (3 ch)
|Upper Division Requirements (27-29 credit hours)
||Advanced Neuroscience Methods (1 ch)
||Functional Neurophysiology and Neuroanatomy* (3 ch)
||Neurophysiology and Neuroanatomy Laboratory* (1 ch)
||Neuropsychology* (3 ch)
||Neuropsychology Laboratory* (1 ch)
||Seminar: Current Topics in Neuroscience (3 ch)
||Research Methods and Behavioral Statistics I (3 ch)
||Research Methods and Behavioral Statistics II (3 ch)
||Research Methods and Behavioral Statistics Laboratory (1 ch)
One course with the accompanying co-requisite laboratory, if offered, in each of the following elective areas. A third course from either elective area or an additional neuroscience course (e.g., NS 410, NS 466) may be needed to complete the upper division semester hour requirements. NS 491E-W, NS 498E-W and a second NS 495E-W may also count as an upper division elective.
||Developmental Biology (3 ch)
||Developmental Biology Laboratory (2 ch)
||Principles of Genetics (3 ch)
||Genetics Laboratory (3 ch)
||Cell Biology (3 ch)
||Molecular Biology (3 ch)
||Molecular Biology Laboratory (1 ch)
||Animal Physiology (3 ch)
||Concepts of Motor Behavior (3 ch)
||Sensation and Perception (3 ch)
||Learning and Memory (3 ch)
||Learning and Memory Laboratory (1 ch)
||Cognitive Psychology (3 ch)
|TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 52-54 credit hours
* May be taken in any sequence.
NOTE: It is recommended that students take as many of the
courses listed in the Cellular/Molecular and Behavioral/Cognitive
electives as can be accommodated.