Apr 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Scripps Catalog 
2023-2024 Scripps Catalog

Neuroscience Major

The major in Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary program of 16 courses maximum.

1. Common Core (7 courses)

2. Common Core Electives (3 courses)

Choose any 3 courses from the following:

3. Course elective specializations (4-5 courses depending on thesis)

A coherent grouping of four elective courses to be determined in consultation with an adviser in Neuroscience and approved by the Coordinator of the Intercollegiate Neuroscience Program. Areas in which a student may elect to specialize include, but are not limited to:

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Motor Control, or
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Philosophy of Neuroscience

Students studying abroad are allowed to use a maximum of two courses towards their course elective specialization. 
Courses from SAGE-approved study abroad programs must be approved by the Neuroscience coordinator.


4. Senior Thesis (one or two courses)

A one- or two-semester Senior Thesis on a topic related to the student’s elective course specialization. 

  • NEUR188L KS , Senior Research in Neuroscience
  • NEUR190L KS , Senior Thesis in Neuroscience or equivalent for dual majors 
  • NEUR191 KS *, One semester Senior Thesis

*Students who choose the one-semester thesis option are required to take 5 course electives for the elective course specialization

Please visit our website at neuro.kecksci.claremont.edu for more information on the neuroscience programs at the Claremont Colleges.

Honors Requirements

To be considered for departmental honors in neuroscience, a student must:

  • Achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.67 in courses in the major;
  • Complete a one- or two-semester thesis project in which the student has demonstrated excellence by making a significant contribution to the progress of the research and by producing a thesis document judged to be of honors quality by the department;
  • Present an oral progress report at the end of the first semester of a two-semester thesis and a poster at the conclusion of either a one- or two-semester thesis in which the student clearly explains the rationale for the project and the conclusions that were drawn, engages the listener, and knowledgeably answers questions; and
  • Attend at least six scientific seminars during the semester (each semester for a two-semester thesis) and submit a brief and clear summary of each.