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1 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP ON TEACHING NEUROSCIENCE Undergraduate Curricula and Graduate Expectations 9:00 Survey of undergraduate curricula Richard Olivo 9:20 Examples of psychology- and biology-based programs Eric Wiertelak and Karen Parfitt 10:00 Expectations of graduate programs Scott Brady, Steven Mennerick, Michale Fee 11:00 Discussion and breakout groups General discussion, followed by informal conversations among groups of faculty teaching similar courses. Website: tinyurl.com/sfn-pdw Top 20 National Universities Top 20 National Universities with a major in Neuroscience Top 20 National Universities with a Biology track in Neuroscience

2 Top 20 National Universities with a major or track in Neuroscience Universities with multiple undergraduate options: Neuroscience major plus a neurobiology track in Biology: University of Pennsylvania: Biological Basis of Behavior MIT: Brain and Cognitive Sciences Washington University: Philosophy Neuroscience Psychology Neuroscience tracks in multiple majors: Princeton: Molecular Biology + Psychology CalTech: Biology + Computation & Neural Systems in Engineering Harvard: Life Sciences + Mind, Brain & Behavior in Computer Science, History & Science, Human Evolutionary Biology, Linguistics, Neurobiology, Philosophy, and Psychology Two examples of national universities with a major in Neuroscience Columbia: 12 required courses General Chemistry (1 year) Five courses in Biology: Biochem & Molec Biology Cell, Devel, Physiology Cellular & Molecular Neurobiology Developmental & Systems Neurobiology Advanced Bio elective (22 choices) Five courses in Psychology: Science of Psychology Mind, Brain & Behavior or Behavioral Neuroscience Research Methods or Statistics (8 choices) Advanced Psychology course (15) Advanced Psychology seminar (37)

3 1 advanced biology elective (22 choices): Biochemistry Molecular Biology Animal Structure and Function Physiology Genetics Molecular Biology of Cancer Biotechnology Developmental Biology Cell Biology Cellular and Molec Immunology Intro to Evolutionary Biology Readings in Cell Biology Neural Systems: Circuits in the Brain Biotechnology: Biopharmaceutical Development & Regulation Drugs and Disease Biological Networks Molecular Systems Biology I Advanced Seminar in Neurobiology Advanced Topics in Cell Biology Chemical Genomics Seminar in Biotechnology Signal Transduction 1 advanced psychology elective (15 choices): Cognition: Basic Processes Cognition: Mind & Brain Cognition: Memory & Stress Attention & Perception Perception & Sensory Processes Thinking and Decision Making Human Communication Evolution of Cognition Intro to Developmental Psychology Animal Behavior Behavioral Neuroscience Drugs and Behavior Developing Brain Abnormal Behavior Children at Risk 1 advanced psychology seminar choices, including: Modern Classics in Visual Neuroscience Auditory Perception Computational Approaches to Human Vision The Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging Special Topics in Vision Neurobiology of Reproductive Behavior Issues in Brain and Behavior Brain Evolution: Becoming Human Seminar in Cognitive Neuropsychology Neuroscience of Cognitive and Emotional Control Methods and Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience Learning and the Brain Topics in Neurobiology and Behavior Cognitive Neuroscience and the Media Clinical Neuropsychology Social Cognitive Neuroscience Summarizing Columbia s program: Foundation courses: 2-3 Physics Chemistry 2 Math/Statistics 0-1 Computer Science Biology courses: 2-3 Introductory 2 Advanced specified Advanced elective 0-1 Psychology courses: 1-4 Introductory 1 Advanced specified Advanced elective 0-3 Neuroscience courses: 4-7 Introductory 3 Advanced specified 1 Advanced elective 0-3 Total courses in major: 12 Next: Penn

4 Biological Basis of Behavior Biological Basis of Behavior Penn: 10 required core courses (10.5 credits) Introductory Chemistry (2 credits) Introductory Biology (2 or 3 credits) One course chosen from: Cell Biology & Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Evolution, or Ecology Introduction to Brain & Behavior Animal Behavior Behavioral or Cognitive Neuroscience Neurobiology (1.5 credits) Statistics 8 elective courses (8 credits) 55 choices from 8 groups 8 Elective courses chosen from 8 groups: Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience (3 of 4 choices = neuroscience) Neurochemistry and Neuropharmacology (7 / 7) Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience (3 / 8) Sensory and Motor Neural Systems (3 / 4) Behavioral Genetics and Behavioral Medicine (2 / 6) Behavioral Neuroscience (3 / 10) Research (3 / 5) Physics, organic chemistry, calculus, statistics (0 / 11) Totals: of 55 electives, 23 are neuroscience courses Biological Basis of Behavior Summarizing Penn s program: Foundation courses: 3-8 Physics Chemistry 2 Math/Statistics 1 Computer Science Biology courses: 4-6 Introductory 3 Advanced specified 1 Advanced elective 0-2 Psychology courses: 0-8 Introductory Advanced specified Advanced elective 0-8 Neuroscience courses: Introductory 1 Advanced specified 2.5 Advanced elective 0-8 Total courses in major: 18.5 Penn also offers a neuroscience concentration in its Biology major

5 Penn: Neurobiology Concentration Required Core (12-13 courses): Introductory Biology (2 courses) Molecular Biol & Genetics Molecular & Cellular Neurobiology Molecular Physiology or Neurobiology of Learning and Memory or Systems Neuroscience General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry Calculus and/or Statistics Introductory Physics Electives (3 courses). Research Experience (1 course) Electives (3 courses) Penn: Neurobiology Concentration Two cellular, molecular and developmental courses (16 choices): Advanced Topics in Behavioral Genetics (Biology Dept) Autonomic Physiology Drugs, Brain, and Mind Developmental Neurobiology Biological Basis of Psychiatric Disorders Clinical Psychopharmacology Experimental Methods in Synaptic Physiology One systems and integrative course (11 choices) Physiology of Motivated Behaviors Cognitive Neuroscience Functional Imaging of the Human Brain Neuroendocrinology At least 1 of the 3 must be from Biological Basis of Behavior courses. University Neuroscience Programs Number of Required and Elective Courses (Programs sorted by total courses required in major) University Neuroscience Programs Distribution of Required and Elective Courses (Programs sorted by total courses required in major) MIT (19) Penn (19) Vanderbilt (18) Brown (17) Duke (17) Emory (14) Dartmouth (14) Columbia (12) Hopkins (8) MIT (19) Penn (19) Vanderbilt (18) Brown (17) Duke (17) Emory (14) Dartmouth (14) Columbia (12) Hopkins (8)

6 Top 20 Liberal Arts Colleges Top 20 Liberal Arts Colleges with a major in Neuroscience Top 20 Liberal Arts Colleges with a minor in Neuroscience Top 20 Liberal Arts Colleges with a major or minor in Neuroscience

7 College Neuroscience Programs Number of Required and Elective Courses (Colleges sorted by total courses required in major) College Neuroscience Programs Distribution of Required and Elective Courses (Colleges sorted by total courses required in major) Wash&Lee (16) ClaremMcKen (16) Wesleyan (15) Pomona (15) Amherst (14) Vassar (13) Hamilton (12) Smith (12) Bowdoin (12) Middlebury (12) Wellesley (11) Swarthmore (10) Williams (7) Wash&Lee (16) ClaremMcKen (16) Wesleyan (15) Pomona (15) Amherst (14) Vassar (13) Hamilton (12) Smith (12) Bowdoin (12) Middlebury (12) Wellesley (11) Swarthmore (10) Williams (7) Colleges Universities

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