Carnegie Mellon University

Computational Neuroscience Sample Schedule

This is one sample schedule to complete the computational neuroscience concentration.   Students should meet with their advisors to come up with a personalized schedule.

Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior

Freshman Fall

03-121         Modern Biology
     or 15-112    Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science
21-120         Differential and Integral Calculus
21-127         Concepts of Mathematics
     or 09-105    Introduction to Modern Chemistry I*
76-101         Interpretation & Argument
99-101/102  Computing @ CMU
Freshman Seminar [see your academic advisor for seminar requirements - they vary by college]

* Premed students or students who are undecided about concentration should take 09-105 (Chemistry) in their freshman fall so they can complete 09-106 in spring and avoid falling behind on lab courses in sophomore year.

Freshman Spring

03-121         Modern Biology
     or 15-112    Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science
09-105         Introduction to Modern Chemistry I
     or 09-106   Modern Chemistry II*
21-122         Calculus II
36-217         Probability Theory and Random Processes   [Dietrich: ask Dietrich advisors & major advisors]
xx-xxx          Elective, GenEd course, or Freshman Seminar

* Premed students or students who are undecided about concentration should take 09-105 (Chemistry) in their freshman fall so they can complete 09-106 in spring and avoid falling behind on lab courses in sophomore year.

Sophomore Fall

03-220        Genetics (formerly 03-330)
09-106         Modern Chemistry II
     or 21-127    Concepts of Mathematics
21-241         Matrices & Linear Transformations
15-122         Principles of Imperative Computation
   or 15-150       Principles of Functional Programming
85-219          Biological Foundations of Behavior

* May also be taken senior year

Sophomore Spring

15-386         Neural Computation
33-111         Physics I for Science Students
85-211         Cognitive Psychology
xx-xxx          Computational Elective
xx-xxx          Elective or GenEd course

Junior Fall

03-362         Cellular Neuroscience
09-217         Organic Chemistry I
     or 33-122    Physics II for Biologists and Chemists
09-207         Techniques in Quantitative Analysis
   or 03-124      Modern Biology Laboratory
xx-xxx          Neuroscience elective
xx-xxx          Elective or GenEd course

Junior Spring

10-601, 15-381, 15-387, 15-486, 15-494, 15-883, or 16-311   Neuro-specific Computational Elective
03-363         Systems Neuroscience
xx-3xx          Advanced (300-level or above) Neuroscience elective
xx-xxx          Elective or GenEd course
xx-xxx          Elective or GenEd course

Senior Year

Student who have stuck to this schedule will have to complete two of the following courses their senior year:

    42-/86-631: Neural Data Analysis    
    15-486: Artificial Neural Networks
    15-494: Special Topic: Cognitive Robotics
    15-883: Computational Models of Neural Systems

Additionally, students will be required to complete their home college's General Education requirements (MCS general education, Dietrich general education) and enough other elective courses to have 360 credit hours total at CMU.