General university degree requirements stipulate that 1) at least four units of the major or three units of the minor be taken in residence at Puget Sound; 2) students earn at least a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken for the major or the minor; and 3) all courses taken for a major or minor must be taken for graded credit. Any exceptions to these stipulations are indicated in the major and minor degree requirements listed below.
Requirements for the Major in Neuroscience (BA)
The Neuroscience major is a secondary major that can be chosen only after a primary major in another field is chosen. A major in Neuroscience cannot be completed unless a primary major in another department or program is also completed.
5 concentrations: NeuroPhilosophy, NeuroEconomics; NeuroSpirituality, NeuroArts or NeuroBioethics.
Completion of 8 units:
BIOL 101 or BIOL111
NRSC 201: Introduction to Neuroscience
An introductory course in the Concentration:
Neuro Philosophy: PHIL 230 Philosophy of Mind
Neuro Economics: ECON 102 Introduction to Behavior and Choice
Neuro Arts: THTR 200 The Theatrical Experience or ARTS 101 Visual Concepts through Painting and Drawing or ARTS 103 Visual Concepts through Drawing and Print Media
Neuro Spirituality: REL 208 Yoga, Psychedelics and Mind Science
Neuro Bioethics: REL/BIOE/PHIL 292 Basics of Bioethics
Two courses from within the Concentration
Neuro Philosophy: PHIL 340 and one elective from PHIL 102, PHIL 105, PHIL 250, PHIL 286, PHIL 333, PHIL 336, PHIL 350
Neuro Economics: two electives from ECON 291, ECON 380, ECON 365, ECON 341, CONN 481
Neuro Arts: two electives from ARTS 251, THTR 217, THTR 215, THTR 300, THTR 313
Completion of either an internship, performance, or research experience in the disciplinary concentration and approved in advance by the steering committee. (Note: students must meet with a neuroscience advisor and submit an application for internship/research prior to the end of the second semester of their junior year.)
No more than one elective course may be used to fulfill the student’s primary major and the Neuroscience secondary major.
Except for the restriction in Note 1 above, courses that satisfy Neuroscience major requirements may also apply to core, minor, and other major requirements.
Selection of elective courses should be made in consultation with a neuroscience advisor.
Course credit earned from an internship or research experience does not count toward the required eight units of coursework outlined above. However students can count internships towards both their primary major and Neuroscience, with approval from the director.
Requirements for the Minor in Neuroscience
Completion of five units to include:
NRSC 201, Introduction to Neuroscience (prerequisite: BIOL 111 or BIOL 101 with permission of instructor or permission of instructor).
Completion of three units of elective courses from the list below at least two from outside the student's major. Electives: BIOL 212, BIOL 361, BIOL 434, BIOL 472, CONN 354, CONN 357, CONN 393, CONN 481, CSCI 431, ECON 365, ECON 291, EXSC 221, EXSC 222, EXSC 328, EXSC 424, NRSC 350, PHIL 102, PHIL 250, PHIL 286, PHIL 333, PHIL 336, PHIL 350, PSYC 230, PSYC 310, PSYC 313, PSYC 335, PSYC 351, PSYC 373, REL 292, REL 301, REL 450, REL 336, REL 340, STHS 318, STHS 333.
NRSC 450 Senior Seminar
Completion of either an internship or research experience in the discipline and approved in advance by the steering committee. (Note: students must meet with a neuroscience advisor and submit an application for internship/research prior to the end of the second semester of their junior year.) Course credit earned from an internship or research experience does not count toward the required five units of course work outlined above.
Only one elective in the Neuroscience minor can apply also to a requirement in the student’s first major.
Courses taken to fulfill the Neuroscience minor requirements can also fulfill Core, other minor, second major, and university graduation requirements.
Internship/research may be taken for credit through the Neuroscience Internship Program or the student's major department.