University of Southern California

USC Neuroscience

Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience

Grade Requirements
A grade of C- or higher is required to count toward major requirements for all Neuroscience degrees.

Bachelor of Science: Core Requirements Units
BISC 220L or BISC 221L General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology or Advanced General Biology 4
CHEM 105aLg or CHEM 115aLg General Chemistry or Advanced General Chemistry 4
CHEM 105bLg or CHEM 115bL General Chemistry or Advanced General Chemistry 4
CHEM 322aL Organic Chemistry 4
CHEM 322bL Organic Chemistry 4
MATH 125 Calculus 4
MATH 265 Mathematical and Computational Methods for Neuroscience 4
PHYS 135aL or PHYS 151 Physics for Life Sciences or Fundamentals of Physics I 4
PHYS 135bL or PHYS 152 Physics for Life Sciences or Fundamentals of Physics II 4
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology 4
PSYC 274* Statistics 4
PSYC 440 Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience 4
BISC 421 Neurobiology 4
NEUR 408 Systems Neuroscience 4
*An equivalent course may be substituted with permission.

(14 core +5 elective; 76 units)

Five (4-unit)upper-division elective courses from the list below are required. At least one course in the upper-division electives must carry a lab (“L”) designation or be 490. No more than 4 units of NEUR 490x may be used to fulfill the upper-division elective requirement.

Elective Courses

Electives Units
ANTH 306 Primate Social Behavior 4
BISC 307L General Physiology 4
BISC 313 Evolution & Population Genetics 4
BISC 320L Molecular Biology 4
BISC 325 Genetics 4
BISC 330L Biochemistry 4
BISC 403 Advanced Molecular Biology to Medicine 4
BISC 406L Biotechnology 4
BISC 410 Applications of Molecular Biology to Medicine 4
BISC 411 Cell Biology 4
BISC 422L Neurobiology Laboratory 4
BISC 423 Epilepsy to Ecstasy: Biological Basis of Neurological Disorders 4
BISC 424 Brain Architecture 4
BISC 426 Principles of Neural Development 4
BISC 462 Seminar in Neurobiology 2
BISC 480 Developmental Biology 4
MATH 265* Mathematical and Computational Methods for Neuroscience 4
NEUR 490x Directed Research 4
PSYC 301 Cognitive Processes 4
PSYC 304 Sensation and Perception 4
PSYC 305 Learning and Memory 4
PSYC 320 Principles of Psychobiology 4
PSYC 326 Behavioral Neuroscience 4
PSYC 339 Origins of Mind 4
PSYC 404 Psychophysiology of Emotion 4
PSYC 420 Animal Behavior 4
PSYC 424 Neuropsychology 4
PSYC 425 Functional Imaging of the Human Brain 4
PSYC 426 Motivated Behaviors 4
PSYC 438 Behavioral Genetics 4
PSYC 450L Neural Network Models of Social and Cognitive Processes 4
BME 402 Control & Communication in the Nervous System 3
CSCI 460 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 3
GERO 414 Neurobiology of Aging 4
GERO 415 Neuroaffective Disorders Aging 4

* Only an elective for BA and Minor.

A graduate class from the following list can be substituted for an upper-division elective with permission.

Units
BME 575* Computational Neuroengineering 3
CSCI 564* Brain Theory and Artificial Intelligence 3
NEUR 524* Advanced Neurosciences I 4
NEUR 531* Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology 3
NEUR 532* Systems and Behavioral Neurobiology 3
PSYC 506* Learning and Cognition 4
PSYC 510* Visual Cognition 4
PSYC 540* Cognitive Neuroscience 4
PSYC 544* Psychophysiology 4
PSYC 545* Neuropsychology 4
PSYC 547* Functional Neuroanatomy 4
PSYC 551* Decision Neuroscience 4

*with minimum GPA of 3.3 and permission of co-directors and instructor.