Information about a Neuroscience & Behavior Major or Minor

Major in Neuroscience and Behavior
 
Neuroscience and Behavior is an innovative, cross-disciplinary major aimed at understanding some of the most complex questions in science.  How does the brain work?  How does the mind emerge from the brain?  What are the causes of mental disorders?  The major provides students with broad knowledge of neuroscience through coursework drawn equally from the biological and behavioral sciences.  Students in the major will also develop their quantitative and laboratory skills, learn to communicate scientific findings, and become critical and independent thinkers.
 
Learning Goals
 
The interdisciplinary major in Neuroscience and Behavior has the following four learning objectives:
 
1) To provide students with broad knowledge of the field of neuroscience.
 
Introductory coursework that draws equally from Biology and Psychology will provide foundational training in the biological and behavioral sciences.  Advanced-level coursework drawn from Psychology, the CMBN and Biology will provide in-depth training on functional approaches to examining the nervous system, with particular focus on understanding the relationship between the nervous system and behavior/cognition. 
 
2) To produce students with quantitative, analytical, and laboratory technical skill.
 
Coursework in laboratory science will provide opportunities for students to advance their analytical and laboratory skills.  Coursework in experimental design and statistics will advance students’ quantitative and analytical reasoning.
 
3) To produce students with the ability to communicate scientific findings clearly. 
 
Coursework in the major will involve preparing written lab reports and maintaining lab notebooks.  Additionally, coursework will require writing in the style of a scientific journal article using data the students collect and analyze. 
 
4) To develop students’ ability to be critical and independent thinkers. 
 
Coursework in the major will ask students to consider how neuroscience informs public policy, mental health, and other aspects of society.  Coursework will also ask students to consider neuroscience research within the broader context of biological and social sciences.  
 
Major Requirements
 
Required credits = 40
 
Required courses
                                                                                                                   
Introductory courses
120:200 Concepts in Biology (3)
112:200 Introduction to Neuroscience (3)
830:101 Principles of Psychology (3)
 
Foundations courses
120:201 Foundations of Bio: Cell and Molec (3)
120:202 Cell and Molec lab (1)      
830:301 Stat Methods for Cog and Behav Sci (3)
830:302 Exp Methods for Cog and Behav Sci (3)
120:315 Principles of Neurobiology * (3)
830:304 Cognitive Processes (3)
 
Advanced courses                                                                                        
Students choose two courses from the following list 
120:341 Introduction to Neurophysiology (3)
830:411 Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience (3)
830:484 Physiological Psychology (3)
 
Electives- students take 6 credits of electives from the following list
830:346 Psychology of Language (3)
830:330 Psychology of Learning (3)
830:496 Emotional Brain (3)
830:489 Neuropsychology
830:489 Drugs and the Brain
830:412 Neuroscience of Decision Making (3)
830:512 Neuroimaging Methods and Theory (3)
830:487 Pain and Pleasure (3)
NJIT Math Analyt and Comput Neurosci 430 (3)
NJIT Math Systems and Comput Neurosci 431 (3)
 
Research Experience with neuroscience faculty 1-3 credits
* Students who major in Neuroscience and Behavior will be allowed to use “Introduction to Neuroscience” as a prerequisite for “Introduction to Neurobiology” (Bio 315) in place of “Foundations in Ecology and Evolution” (Bio 205/6).  This substitution applies only to Bio 315 and no other Biology course. 
Because of its overlap with Biology and Psychology requirements, students majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior majors will be disallowed from double-majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior and Psychology or in Neuroscience and Behavior and Biological Sciences with a Neurobiology concentration.  Similarly, Neuroscience and Behavior majors will be disallowed from obtaining a minor Cognitive Neuroscience or in Biological Sciences with a Neurobiology concentration.
 
 
Questions? Contact:  Michael Shiflett, Ph.D.