2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

Neuroscience

Students may complete a minor in Neuroscience as an adjunct to any major at Bryn Mawr or Haverford pending approval of the student’s coursework plan by their respective Neuroscience adviser.

Advisory Committee

Bryn Mawr College

Peter D. Brodfuehrer, Eleanor A. Bliss Professor of Biology and Adviser for Biology
Karen F. Greif, Professor of Biology
Deepak Kumar, Professor of Computer Science
Leslie Rescorla, Professor of Psychology on the Class of 1897 Professorship of Science, and Director of the Child Study Institute
Anjali Thapar, Chair and Professor of Psychology
Earl Thomas, Professor of Psychology and Adviser for Psychology

Haverford

Rebecca Compton, Associate Professor of Psychology and Adviser for Biology
Andrea Morris, Assistant Professor of Biology
Wendy F. Sternberg, Associate Provost and Professor of Psychology

The desire to understand human and animal behavior in terms of nervous system structure and function is long standing. Historically, this task has been approached from a variety of disciplines including medicine, biology, psychology, philosophy and physiology. The field of neuroscience emerged as an interdisciplinary approach, combining techniques and perspectives from these disciplines, as well as emerging fields such as computation and cognitive science, to yield new insights into the workings of the nervous system and behavior.

Students may complete a minor in Neuroscience as an adjunct to any major at Bryn Mawr or Haverford pending approval of the student’s coursework plan by their respective Neuroscience adviser. The minor in Neuroscience is designed to allow students to pursue their interests in behavior and the nervous system across disciplines. The first requirement for the minor is a course that acts as a gateway to the discipline and should be taken early in a student’s academic plan.

Minor Requirements

1.     HC Psych 217 (Biological Psychology) or BMC Psych 218 (Behavioral Neuroscience) or BMC Bio 202 (Introduction to Neuroscience [previously Neurobiology and Behavior]).
2.     Five credits from advanced courses on the following lists, with these constraints:

a.     The five credits must sample from three different disciplines.
b.     At least three of the five credits must be from List A (neuroscience courses); the remainder can be from List A or B (courses from allied disciplines).
c.     At least one of the credits must be at the 300-level or higher.
d.     One of the five credits may come from supervised senior research in neuroscience.
e.     With permission of major and minor advisers, a student may count no more than two of the six minor credits towards the student’s major.

List of Courses

List A: Neuroscience courses

BIOL B244 Behavioral Endocrinology
BIOL B304 Cell and Molecular Neurobiology
BIOL B321 Neuroethology
BIOL B322 From Channels to Behavior
BIOL B364 Developmental Neurobiology
BIOL B401 Supervised Research in Neural and Behavioral Sciences
BIOL H309 Molecular Neurobiology
BIOL H330 Laboratory in Neural and Behavioral Science
BIOL H350 Pattern Formation in the Nervous System
BIOL H357 Topics in Protein Science [protein aggregation in neurodegenerative disease]
BIOL H403 Senior Research Tutorial in Protein Folding and Design
BIOL H409 Senior Research Tutorial in Molecular Neurobiology
PSYC B323 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC B395 Psychopharmacology
PSYC H240 Psychology of Pain and Pain Inhibition
PSYC H260 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC B401 Supervised Research in Neural and Behavioral Sciences
PSYC H370 Neuroscience of Mental Illness
PSYC H394 Senior Research Tutorial in Biological Psychology
PSYC H395 Senior Research Tutorial in Cognitive Neuroscience

List B: Allied disciplines

BIOL B250 Computational Models in the Sciences
BIOL H302 Cell Architecture
BIOL H306 Inter and Intra Cellular Communication
BIOL H312 Development and Evolution
CMSC B250 Computational Models in the Sciences
CMSC B325 Computational Linguistics
CMSC B361 Emergence
CMSC B361 Cognitive Science
CMSC B372 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
CMSC B376 Developmental Robotics
LING H113 Introduction to Syntax
LING H114 Introduction to Semantics
LING H245 Phonetics and Phonology
PHIL B244  Philosophy and Cognitive Science
PHIL B319  Philosophy of Mind
PHIL H102  Rational Animals
PHIL H106  Philosophy of Consciousness
PHIL H110  Mind and World
PHIL H112  Mind, Myth, and Memory
PHIL H251  Philosophy of Mind
PHIL H351  Topics in Philosophy of Mind
PSYC B201 Learning Theory and Behavior
PSYC B209 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC B212 Human Cognition
PSYC B350 Developmental Cognitive Disorders
PSYC B351 Developmental Psychopathology
PSYC H213 Memory and Cognition
PSYC H220 Psychology of Time
PSYC H238 Psychology of Language