Interdepartmental Major

General Guidelines For Interdisciplinary Major (IDM) Proposals Involving Neuroscience

•     Plan to fulfill all co-requisite requirements for a major in neuroscience (AB or BS)

•     Neuroscience coursework should start with NEUROSCI 101 or 102 (Biological Bases of Behavior)

•     Next, take 2 NEUROSCI core courses (e.g., NEUROSCI 212, 223) 

•     Concurrent with core courses, take 1 statistics course (e.g., STA 101, 102) and 1 NEUROSCI methods/lab course (e.g., NEUROSCI 376, NEUROSCI 380L)

•     Take 2 NEUROSCI electives (anytime); one must be upper division seminar (>350S or higher)


And here is a specific example of a 14-course IDM plan (for details on general IDM requirements, see

  • 7 courses each contributing evenly to Neuroscience and Public Policy
  • At least 10 courses at the 200-level or above
  • At least 4 of the 7 courses taught within each of the two departments
  • All courses among those normally accepted for a major in the two departments 

PUBPOL 155D - Intro to Policy Analysis
PUBPOL 267 - Leading as a Social Entrepreneur
PUBPOL 269 - Twentysomething Leadership
PUBPOL 303 - Microeconomic Policy Tools
PUBPOL 304 – Economics of the Public Sector
HIST 344 - History of U.S. Social Movements
PUBPOL 381S – Science and The Media
NEUROSCI 101 - Biological Bases of Behavior
NEUROSCI 191 - Independent Study
NEUROSCI 212 - Intro to Cognitive Neuroscience
NEUROSCI 223 – Cellular/Molecular Neurobiology
NEUROSCI 247 – Social & Affective Neuroscience
NEUROSCI 382L – Functional Neuroimaging
STA 102 – Introductory Biostatistics

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