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Biological Sciences

Neurobiology and Physiology

Physiology is the study of the functions of living organisms and the organ and tissue systems of which they are composed. The goal of physiology is to understand, in terms of physical and chemical principles, the mechanisms that operate in living organisms from the subcellular level to the level of the whole animal. The emphasis is on how these mechanisms are integrated to produce a viable organism. Neurobiology is the study of the structure, function and development of the nervous system. It originated, in part, as a subdiscipline of physiology. In recent years, neurobiology is one of the most rapidly changing and exciting areas of biology.

Neurobiology and Physiology Major Requirements — 18-22 credits

Neurobiology and Physiology Courses 12-16 credits
Neurobiology and Physiology majors must choose BIOL 32800 (Principles of Physiology) (4 cr.) to satisfy the intermediate-level requirement. 
Two of the following courses:
BIOL 43200 (Reproductive Physiology) (3 cr.); BIOL 43600 (Neurobiology) (3 cr.); BIOL 53800 (Cellular, Molecular, and Development Biology) (3 cr.); BIOL 55900 (Endocrinology) (3 cr.); BIOL 56200 (Neural Systems) (3 cr.); BIOL 59900 (Quantitative Physiology) (3 cr.)
6 cr.
Choose at least one of the following: 
a. BIOL 44202 (Animal Physiology Laboratory) (2 cr.), or BIOL 54200 (Laboratory in Neurophysiology) (1 cr.) plus any other two 442XX or 54200 laboratories. See the complete list of course titles.
b. Three credits of BIOL 49400 (Biology Research) or BIOL 49900 (Biology Honors Thesis Research). Must be approved in advance by the Undergraduate Studies Committee. (3 cr.)


3-5 cr
One of the following: 
BCHM 56100 (General Biochemistry I) (3 cr.); CHM 37200 (Physical Chemistry) (4 cr.); CHM 37300 (Physical Chemistry) (3 cr.); or CHM 53300 (Introductory Biochemistry) (3 cr.)
3-4 cr.
Electives 6 credits
Select 6 credits from the following four options: 
a. BIOL 30100 (Human Design: Anatomy and Physiology I) (3 cr.) and BIOL 30200 (Human Design: Anatomy and Physiology II) (3 cr.). Both courses must be completed, but only three of these credits may be used toward this requirement. 
b. Any advanced biology elective (40000- or 50000-level) with the exception of BIOL 49700 (Biology Honors Seminar), BIOL 49800 (Biology Teaching) or one-credit electives in biology. BIOL 49500 or 59500 (Special Assignments in Biology) requires the approval of the Neurobiology and Physiology Area Committee.
c. Three (but no fewer) credits of advanced research (BIOL 49400 or 49900) can count toward the six-credit requirement, provided the research is not also used as a substitute for a modular laboratory course. Approval of Undergraduate Studies Committee is required. 
d. BCHM 56200 (General Biochemistry II) (3 cr.)