Carnegie Mellon University

Neurobiology Concentration

Students can begin with the first year sample schedule or Neurobiology Concentration sample schedule, as well as by contacting the advisors.

Complete Neurobiology Concentration Requirements

General Science Requirements

21-120        Differential and Integral Calculus
21-122        Integration, Differential Equations and Approximation
   or 21-124    Calculus II for Biologists and Chemists
03-121        Modern Biology
03-220        Genetics (formerly 03-330)
33-111        Physics I for Science Students
15-112        Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science
   or 15-110    Principles of Computing       
   or 02-201    Programming for Scientists
09-105        Introduction to Modern Chemistry I
09-106        Modern Chemistry II
09-217        Organic Chemistry I
09-207        Techniques in Quantitative Analysis
36-200        Reasoning with Data
   or 36-217    Probability Theory and Random Processes
   or 36-225    Introduction to Probability Theory
   or 36-247    Statistics for Lab Sciences

Core Neuroscience Courses

85-219        Biological Foundations of Behavior
   or 03-161    Molecules to Mind
85-211        Cognitive Psychology
   or 85-213    Human Information Processing and Artificial Intelligence
03-362        Cellular Neuroscience
03-363        Systems Neuroscience
15-386        Neural Computation
   or 85-419    Introduction to Parallel Distributed Processing
   or 85-426    Learning in Humans and Machines
   or 86-375    Computer Perception
   or 02-319/03-360 Computational Neural Genomics

Neurobiology Core

03-231        Honors Biochemistry
03-320        Cell Biology (formerly 03-240)
03-343        Experimental Techniques in Molecular Biology
03-346        Experimental Neurobiology
   or 03-345    Experimental Cell and Developmental Biology

Neurobiology Electives

Students must complete two of the following (at least 1 must be at 300-level or above*):
03-250        Introduction to Computational Biology            
03-133/03-260 Neurobiology of Disease*                      
03-350        Developmental Biology
NROSCI 1041   Developmental Neuroscience (at University of Pittsburgh)               
03-365        Neural Correlates of Learning and Memory
03-366        Biochemistry of the Brain
03-439        Biophysics
03-442        Molecular Biology
09-218        Organic Chemistry II                          
09-222        Laboratory II: Organic Synthesis and Analysis          
42-202        Physiology                              
42-203        Biomedical Engineering Laboratory          [BME majors have strong priority for this course]        

* Students who matriculated at CMU before 2016 may count Neurobiology of Disease as a 300-level course for the purpose of this requirement.  Students arriving after 2016 may not.

General Neuroscience Electives

Students must complete 18 units of course work from this list, at least 9 units must be at the 300-level or above.

(Concentration advisors can approve additional electives to fill this requirement)

Additional Graduation Requirements

Students must also complete:

  • Free elective hours to come to a total of 360 total course hours

Double-counting restrictions and additional majors & minors

Students may not major in two concentrations.

Students using Neuroscience as an additional major or who have an additional major or minor to Neuroscience may only double-count at most 3 courses between this an their other major or minor (this restriction does not apply to prerequisites, General Education Requirements, or the General Science Requirements – section A).

Other majors and minors may have more stringent double-counting restrictions, please consult with your neuroscience advisors and with the advising staff for the relevant host department for the other majors/minors.