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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Biological Sciences

Cognitive Neuroscience

Undergraduate Majors

Concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience

Link to .pdf advising sheet beginning 2012

Link to .pdf advising sheet for students who came to DU before 2012

Option A - BA in Biology with specialty Psychology Minor

Summary of Required Courses

  • BIOL coursework: 45 qtr hrs - see advising sheet for details
  • Specialty Psychology minor: 22 qtr hrs
  • Chemistry - one year (12 hrs)
  • Math: 8 qtr hrs (mathematics/statistics)

Option A - BS in Biology with specialty Psychology Minor

Summary of Required Courses

  • BIOL coursework: 45 qtr hrs - see advising sheet for details
  • Specialty Psychology minor: 22 qtr hrs
  • Chemistry Minor
  • Math: 12 qtr hrs of calculus/statistics
  • Physics: one year (15 qtr hrs)

Option B - Psychology major with Biology minor

  • BA or BS in Psychology: information about a Psychology Major is available through the Department of Psychology.
  • Specialty Biology Minor: (27 qtr hrs)

Option C - Biology/Psychology Double Major

  • Biology Major: Follow specialty coursework listed for BA or BS in Biology.
  • Psychology Major: Follow major requirements posted by Deptartment of Psychology.

Additional Requirements and Notes

All undergraduate majors must satisfy Common Curriculum requirements.

ASSESSMENT - All Biology majors will participate in program assessment activities in their first year (knowledge pre-test) and in their last quarter at DU (knowledge post-test, Senior survey, and digital submission of an example of their best work in Biology).  During the BIOL experience at DU, plan to keep digital copies of your best works (could be advanced lab, research project, analysis paper, challenging exam, or other work) for self-evaluation and submission into the Assess-It system before graduation.

Advanced Placement (AP) credit for Calculus AB or Calculus BC may count toward the MATH 195x series for either the BA or the BS according to the University approval policy (see the University of Denver Undergraduate Bulletin for details). Approval through the Department of Mathematics is required.

ONE YEAR OF CALCULUS is recommended by many graduate medical programs and is required for a few.

ONE YEAR OF CALCULUS is required for many graduate research programs in the basic sciences. Check the requirements for the school(s) to which you hope to make application before you decide about math options.

  • The BA degree requires the major plus ONE minor.
  • The BS degree requires the major plus TWO minors (Chem minor is earned by satisfying the chemistry requirement).
  • A BA-BA double major does not require a minor.
  • A BS-BS double major requires ONE minor. (Chem minor is earned by satisfying the chemistry requirement).

To declare a major or minor fill out and submit a Declaration of Major/Minor form to the Registrar's Office.