SUGGESTED 4-Year Plan for Neurobiology Major Degree in L&S

The table below shows one way to complete the curriculum requirements for the Neurobiology Major. The credit loads are approximate because required classes may have different credits (e.g., a course from the Distributed Neurobiology list may be worth 2 or 3 credits). Also, research credits in 699 may vary between 1-3 credits. See notes below the table for those interested in health professional careers or honors credit.

Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

First Year

Comm A (3 cr)
Math 211, 217, 221 or 275 (5 cr)
Chemistry 103 or 109 (4 or 5 cr)
Ethnic Studies (3 cr)

Total Credit Load: 15 or 16

Foreign Language III (3 cr)
Stat 371, 541 or Botany 575 (3cr)

Chemistry 104 (5 cr)
Zoology 151 (5cr)

Total Credit Load: 16

Second Year

Organic Chem 341 or 343 (3 cr)
Zoology 152 (5 cr)
Social Science (3 cr)
**Elective (3 cr)

Total Credit Load: 14

Organic Chemistry 345 (3 cr)
Physics 103 (4 cr)
Literature (3 cr)
Social Science (3 cr)

Total Credit Load: 13

Third Year

Zoology 523 (3 cr)
Physics 104 (4 cr)
Humanities (3 cr)
Social Science (3 cr)
Elective (3 cr)

Total Credit Load: 16

Psychology 454 (3 cr)
Distributed Neurobiology Course (3 cr)
Social Science (3 cr)
Elective (3 cr)
Elective (3 cr)

Total Credit Load: 15

Fourth Year

Distributed Neurobiology Course (3 cr)
Neuro lab course or 699 (2 or 3 cr)
Literature (3 cr)
Elective (3cr)
Elective (3 cr)

Total Credit Load: 14 or 15

Distributed Neurobiology Course (3 cr)
Neuro lab course or 699 (2 or 3 cr)
Neurobiology Seminar (500) (1 cr)
Humanities (3 cr)
Elective (3 cr)

Total Credit Load ~ 12 or 13

**Elective – can indicate that some students may need to take elective courses to meet the 30-credit total required in Biological Sciences for the Neurobiology Major. Students are encouraged to take more neuroscience-related courses even after they have completed three courses from the Distributed Neuroscience course list. See a list of approved elective courses here.

Pre-health professional career students – Students are strongly urged to meet with the Center for Pre-Health Advising at UW-Madison to obtain the most recent and accurate information to prepare for application to health professional training programs. 

Honors in Neurobiology – Graduating with the “honors” distinction is as rewarding as it is challenging. Students interested in fulfilling the honors requirements should follow L&S procedures (http://honors.ls.wisc.edu/) and plan carefully well in advance of program requirements. Students interested in honors in the Neurobiology Major should make an appointment with a Neurobiology Major advisor for help in planning their progress.