Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in Neuroscience

Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in Neuroscience

Upon completing the BA degree with a major in Neuroscience, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the biological basis for brain and neuron function and experimental strategies that led to our current understanding of brain and neuron function.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the key issues, questions, and perspectives that define systems neuroscience. 
  3. Demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret neuro-scientific data.
  4. Understand multiple experimental methods to measure and manipulate brain activity. 
  5. Demonstrate how to apply the modern scientific method, including designing and executing experiments, and collecting, analyzing, and interpreting meaningful data. 

Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in Neuroscience

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Neuroscience must complete:

  • A minimum of 23 courses (62-66 credit hours depending on course selection) to satisfy major requirements.
  • A minimum of 122-126 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours outside of major requirements.
  • A minimum of 10 courses (26-30 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor, or where applicable, the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the major's Official Certifier.) Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Neuroscience62-66
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in Neuroscience122-126

Degree Requirements

Foundation Courses 1
BIOC 201INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY3
CAAM 210INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING COMPUTATION3
CHEM 121
CHEM 123
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I
4
CHEM 122
CHEM 124
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
4
MATH 101SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS I3
or MATH 105 AP/OTH CREDIT IN CALCULUS I
MATH 102SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS II3
or MATH 106 AP/OTH CREDIT CALCULUS II
PHYS 125GENERAL PHYSICS (WITH LAB)4
PHYS 126GENERAL PHYSICS II (WITH LAB)4
PSYC 203INTRODUCTION TO COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY3
Select 1 course from the following:3-4
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS FOR BIOSCIENCES
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
PROBABILITY & STATISTICS FOR ENGINEERS
Core Requirements
NEUR 362 / PSYC 362COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE: EXPLORING THE LIVING BRAIN3
NEUR 380 / BIOC 380 / PSYC 380FUNDAMENTAL NEUROSCIENCE SYSTEMS3
NEUR 383 / BIOE 380 / ELEC 380INTRODUCTION TO NEUROENGINEERING: MEASURING AND MANIPULATING NEURAL ACTIVITY3
NEUR 385 / BIOC 385FUNDAMENTALS OF CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR NEUROSCIENCE3
Project-Based Laboratory Courses
BIOC 212INTERMEDIATE EXPERIMENTAL CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR NEUROSCIENCE2
Select 2 courses from the following:2-4
EXPERIMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY
EXPERIMENTAL CELL AND MOLECULAR NEUROSCIENCE
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH FOR NEUROSCIENCE UNDERGRADUATES 2
COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE LAB
Elective Requirements
Select 4 courses from the following:12-13
BRAINSTEM - TEACHING STEM THROUGH NEUROSCIENCE 3
MOLECULES, MEMORY AND MODEL ANIMALS: METHODS IN BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE
ADVANCED CELL AND MOLECULAR NEUROSCIENCE
SENSORY NEUROENGINEERING
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
LEARNING FROM SENSOR DATA
ADVANCED COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE: ATTENTION AND PERCEPTION
ADVANCED COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE: HIGHER MENTAL FUNCTIONS
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH FOR NEUROSCIENCE UNDERGRADUATES 2
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE
NEUROLINGUISTICS
THEORETICAL NEUROSCIENCE: FROM CELLS TO LEARNING SYSTEMS
NEURAL COMPUTATION
PHILOSOPHICAL ASPECTS OF COGNITIVE SCIENCE
THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE
PHILOSOPHY OF MIND
PHILOSOPHY OF NEUROSCIENCE
ANIMAL MINDS
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE
NEUROPSYCHOLOGY OF LANGUAGE AND MEMORY
BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Neuroscience62-66
University Graduation Requirements *60
Total Credit Hours122-126

Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in Neuroscience

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: https://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Departmental Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the major in Neuroscience should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:

  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Neuroscience website: http://neuroscience.rice.edu/.

Opportunities for the BA Degree with a Major in Neuroscience

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Research in Neuroscience

Research is highly encouraged for all neuroscience programs, and many opportunities are available for independent research at Rice and other institutions of the Texas Medical Center. Students can receive course credit for independent research through the course NEUR 310 with the option to repeat for credit once as an elective for the major.

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Neuroscience website: http://neuroscience.rice.edu/.