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Professor Kelsey (Psychology), Chair; Associate Professor Kinsman (Biology); Assistant Professors McCormick (Psychology) and Kleckner (Biology)
Neuroscience examines the bidirectional interrelations between the nervous system and behavior. As a result, neuroscience takes an interdisciplinary approach that includes perspectives from biology, psychology, chemistry, and philosophy. Neuroscience students at Bates become familiar with neurobiology, physiological psychology, and cognitive neuroscience through classroom and laboratory experiences, which include a thesis.
Major Requirements. The fifteen courses required to receive a B.A. in Neuroscience include four core neuroscience courses (Neuroscience 200, 308, 330, and 363), which should be completed by the end of junior year. Neuroscience 200 is currently under development and will be taught in the winter semester of 1998. In addition, three 300-level courses from the two elective lists below are required. All three courses may come from list A, consisting of neuroscience-related courses. Alternatively, one course from list B, consisting of background courses, may be substituted for a course from list A. Also required are Biology 101s, Biology s42, Psychology 218, and Chemistry 107, 108, 217, and 218.
Required thesis and senior seminar: At least a one-semester thesis, typically supervised by one of the three neuroscience faculty, is required of all neuroscience majors (Neuroscience 457-458). Given the difficulty of generating sufficient data in one semester, a two-semester thesis is the norm and is highly recommended, especially for those who intend to go on to graduate school. Preliminary thesis proposals are due by the end of the junior year. Students are also required to participate in the senior seminar in neuroscience as part of their thesis credit.
457, 458. Senior Thesis and Seminar in Neuroscience. Independent laboratory research in neuroscience under the supervision of a faculty member. All participants will also meet as a group at least once a month to discuss topics related to neuroscience and, most especially, their theses. Students register for Neuroscience 457 in the fall semester and for Neuroscience 458 in the winter semester. Majors writing an honors thesis register for both Neuroscience 457 and 458. Staff.
Biology 101s. Biological Principles.
Chemistry 107. Atomic and Molecular Structure.
Psychology 218. Statistics and Experimental Design.
List A: Courses Related to Neuroscience.
Psychology 305. Animal Learning.
List B: Background Courses.
Psychology 261. Research Methodology.
Chemistry 321. Biological Chemistry I.
Philosophy 211. Philosophy of Science.