Understanding the Nervous System

Students in the lab
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.


Degree Overview

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.

Program Requirements

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)
BL 260 Principles of Biology: Molecular and Cellular (3 ch)
BL 261 Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory (1 ch)
BL 262 Principles of Biology: Organismic (3 ch)
BL 263 Organismic Biology Laboratory (1 ch)
CH 210 Principles of Chemistry I (4 ch)
CH 211 Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I (1 ch)
CH 230 and
CH 231
CH 250 and
CH 251
Principles of Chemistry II (4 ch)
Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II (1 ch)
Organic Chemistry I (4 ch)
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1 ch)
NS 260 Introduction to Brain and Behavior (3 ch)
NS 261 Introduction to Brain and Behavior Laboratory (1 ch)
PY 250/PY 250C General Psychology (3 ch)
Upper Division Requirements  (27-29 credit hours)
NS 401 Advanced Neuroscience Methods (1 ch)
NS 485 Functional Neurophysiology and Neuroanatomy* (3 ch)
NS 486 Neurophysiology and Neuroanatomy Laboratory* (1 ch)
NS 487 Neuropsychology* (3 ch)
NS 488 Neuropsychology Laboratory* (1 ch)
NS 495E-W Seminar: Current Topics in Neuroscience (3 ch)
Research Component
PY 422 Research Methods and Behavioral Statistics I (3 ch)
PY 423 Research Methods and Behavioral Statistics II (3 ch)
PY 424 Research Methods and Behavioral Statistics Laboratory (1 ch)
Elective Component
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.
Cellular/Molecular Electives
BL 412 Developmental Biology (3 ch)
BL 413 Developmental Biology Laboratory (2 ch)
BL 414 Principles of Genetics (3 ch)
BL 415 Genetics Laboratory (3 ch)
BL 424 Cell Biology (3 ch)
BL 426 Molecular Biology (3 ch)
BL 427 Molecular Biology Laboratory (1 ch)
BL 436 Animal Physiology (3 ch)
Behavioral/Cognitive Electives
HES 440 Concepts of Motor Behavior (3 ch)
NS 482 Sensation and Perception (3 ch)
PY 442 Learning and Memory (3 ch)
PY 443 Learning and Memory Laboratory (1 ch)
PY 454 Cognitive Psychology (3 ch)

* 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.

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