University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate Neuroscience Program



Introductory course:

NSCI 110 - Exploring Neuroscience (prior to 2017). Neuroscience survey, including cellular and molecular functioning of neurons, anatomical and functional organization of the nervous system, and diseases of the nervous system. With lab. Prerequisites: PSYS 001, BCOR 011, BCOR 012.

 NSCI 111 - Exploring Neuroscience (3 credit lecture course starting in 2017). Neuroscience survey, including cellular and molecular functioning of neurons, anatomical and functional organization of the nervous system, and diseases of the nervous system. With lab. Prerequisites: PSYS 001, BIOL 001 and BIOL 002 or BCOR 011 and BCOR 012 or ANPS 019 and ANPS 020, CHEM 031 or CHEM 023.

NSCI 112 - Exploring Neuroscience Laboratory (1 credit laboratory course starting in 2017; Neuroscience Majors Only). Laboratory to accompany NSCI 111, Exploring Neuroscience. Prerequisites: PSYS 001, BIOL 001 and BIOL 002 or BCOR 011 and BCOR 012 or ANPS 019 and ANPS 020, CHEM 031 or CHEM 023.

Foundational courses:

NSCI 110 or NSCI 111 and NSCI 112 (see above)

BCOR 101 - GeneticsThe basis of inheritance, covering topics from classical genetics to modern molecular studies. Analysis of genetic data emphasized, from prokaryotic, animal, and plant systems. Pre/co-requisite: BIOL 001 and BIOL 002 or BCOR 011 and BCOR 012; CHEM 031, CHEM 032, organic chemistry recommended.

CHEM 141 - Organic Chemistry. Survey of properties and reactivity of organic compounds with consideration of bonding, stereochemistry, and reaction mechanisms. Designed for premedical and biological sciences students. May not be taken for credit concurrently with, or following receipt of, credit for CHEM 042, CHEM 044 or CHEM 143. Prerequisite: CHEM 032 or CHEM 036.

PSYS 111 - Learning, Cognition and BehaviorBehavioral and cognitive principles underlying learning, memory, and action inside and outside the laboratory. Includes conditioning, motivation, biological constraints, and mechanism of remembering and forgetting. Prerequisite: PSYS 001.

CSD 281 – Cognitive Neuroscience.  The structure and organization of the human central nervous system as related to higher cognitive and linguistic behaviors. Pre/co requisites: a college level Human Biology course, such as BIOL 004.  Note: We recommend that this course be taken BEFORE NSCI 111, Exploring Neuroscience.

Advanced Core Neuroscience courses:

BIOL 261 – Neurobiology.  Focus on molecular and cellular aspects of the nervous system. Electrical signaling, synaptic transmission, signal transduction, neural development, plasticity and disease. Prerequisite: BCOR 103. Cross-listing: ANNB 261.

PSYS 214 – Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience.   The study of cognition including attention, memory, problem solving and language. The relevant empirical data and the dominant theories attempting to explain these topics will be presented, focused primarily, but not exclusively, on human cognition.  Prerequisites: PSYS 053, and PSYS 115 or NSCI 110/NSCI111

NSCI 225 – Human Neuroanatomy. Functional anatomy of the human nervous system and its cells. Focus on both peripheral and central nervous system. Lectures and laboratory (gross and microscopic anatomy). Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor.

NSCI 270 - Diseases of the Nervous System. Senior level, seminar-type capstone course in which students bring together information learned in other courses for an in-depth study of disease states of the nervous system. Pre/co-requisites: NSCI 110 and senior standing.

PSYS 215 – Physiological Psychology.  Structure and function of mammalian nervous system, emphasizing neurological correlates of sensory experience and perception. Individual laboratory experience. Prerequisites: PSYS 053, and PSYS 115 or NSCI 110.

Optional Advanced Courses for the Neuroscience Major:


CSD 101 – Speech and Hearing Science. Structure and function of the respiratory, phonatory, articulatory, and hearing systems, coupled with models of speech and hearing as part of human communication.

CSD 208 – Cognition & Language. Study of cognition and language in terms of mental representation models; contemporary models of memory, as well as capacity theories of language comprehension and production. Prerequisite: CSD 101 or instructor permission.

PSYS 211 – Learning. Analysis of theory and research on the basic learning process and behavior. Prerequisite: PSYS 053 and PSYS 111.

PSYS 217 – Animal Behavior.  Behavior of animals under controlled experimental conditions and in their natural environments. Consideration of evolution, development, function, and control of behavior. Prerequisites: PSYS 053, and PSYS 115 or NSCI 110.

PSYS 218 – Hormones and Behavior.   A study of the involvement of hormones in cognition, emotion, the stress response, circadian and homeostatic mechanisms that affect mental state, psychopathology, and reproductive behavior. Prerequisites: PSYS 053 and PSYS 115.

PSYS 219  – Selected Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience.  Selected topics examining the role of the central nervous system in determining behavior, including innate behaviors, arousal, motivation, learning, and memory. Prerequisites: PSYS 053 (formerly PSYC 109), and PSYS 115 or NSCI 110.

PSYS 252 – Emotional Development. Development of emotion and temperament from infancy through middle childhood, including links between these topics and physiology, and context (e.g. attachment, parenting, family conflict). Prerequisites: PSYS 053 and PSYS 150.


BCOR 103 – Cell & Molecular Physiology.  Explores the fundamental processes of life. Topics include cellular metabolism; structure and function of organelles; cell cycle; signal transduction; biology of cancer. Pre/co-requisites: BIOL 001, 002 or BCOR 011, 012, CHEM 031, 032. (CHEM 141, BCOR 101 recommended).

BIOL 266 – Neurodevelopment. Current topics in developmental neurobiology through lectures and discussions of primary literature. The course is designed for advanced undergraduate life science majors. Pre/co-requisites: BCOR 101, 103.

NSCI 255– Neuroregeneration.  This class examines healing in the nervous system from a cellular/molecular perspective. Using primary articles, review papers and clinical trials, we discuss clinical interventions and cutting edge approaches to enhancing nervous system repair such as stem cell therapies.  Prerequisites: NSCI 110/111.

PSYS 216 – Psychopharmacology.  Effects of drugs (both medical and recreation) on behavior. Topics such as drug effects on learning, memory, motivation, perception, emotions, and aggression. Prerequisites: PSYS 053, and PSYS 115 or NSCI 110.

PHRM 201 – Introduction to Pharmacology.  This course will focus on biochemical and physiological actions of prototype drugs used in the treatment and prevention of human diseases. Prerequisite: Introductory courses in Biology and Organic Chemistry.

PHRM 290 – Topics in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology.  Focuses on basic principles, drug interactions with receptors, membranes, synapses, neurotransmitters, macromoles, cytoskeleton, ion channels and pumps, and mechanisms of drug resistance. Prerequisites: Introductory course in organic chemistry, background in physiology or health sciences.

STAT 256 – Neural Computation. (Cross listed with CS 256.) Introduction to artificial neural networks, their computational capabilities and limitations, and the algorithms used to train them. Statistical capacity, convergence theorems, back propagation, reinforcement learning, generalization. Prerequisites: MATH 124 (or 271), STAT 153 or equivalent, computer programming.


BIOL 262 – Neurobiology Techniques.  Extensive study of laboratory methods used in modern research on the function of the nervous system. Techniques from electrophysiology, cell biology, biochemistry and genetics. Pre/co-requisites: BCOR 103, BIOL 261

CSD 262 – Measurement of Communication Processes.  Introduction to the scientific method and measurement principles used in group and single-case research on communication and as applied to persons with communication disorders. Prerequisites: CMSI 080, 101; STAT 111 or 141.

NSCI 197, 198, 297, 298 Undergraduate Research.  Individual research under faculty guidance. Enroll following program guidelines. Pre/co-requisites: Junior or senior standing, Program Director permission required.

No more than 6 hours of category iii may be counted towards the major.

HON 2XX may substitute for NSCI 197, 198, 297, or 298 but requires NS director's permission.

*NSCI 3XX courses may be accepted as Advanced Course Options with prior approval from the Neuroscience Program Director.  These courses are often open to upper level undergraduate students with instructor permission

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