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Hope College offers an interdisciplinary minor program in neuroscience that is open to all students at Hope College. Neuroscience is one of the fastest growing interdisciplinary fields of study, combining biology, chemistry, computer science, psychology, physics, mathematics, and philosophy. The neuroscience program at Hope College is founded on one of its greatest strengths, its research program, and promotes the process of discovery and inquiry-based learning. The program is designed to meet the following objectives:
The neuroscience minor is structured on the existing disciplinary course infrastructures, thus allowing students to tailor their own specialized program to match their interests. The minor consists of a total of 21 credit hours, including four core neuroscience courses listed below and flagged courses from multiple disciplines.
The core courses will consist of:
BIO 221 Human Physiology (4)
CHEM 395 Neurochemistry and Disease (4)
MATH 395 Mathematical Biology (4) in years when Neuroscience is in the syllabus
PHIL 325 Philosophy of Mind (4)
PSY 310 Practical Aspects of Memory (4)
NURS 320 Pathophysiology (4)
211. Introduction to Neuroscience -- An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience that explores concepts fundamental to the field. After an initial overview of the field of neuroscience and a philosophical reflection on the mind, students will learn the basics of molecular, cellular, anatomical, and systems neuroscience. Students will then explore more complex behavior and cognitive topics including motivation and reward, memory, learning, attention, language and consciousness. Two, 1.5-hour class sessions and one, 3-hour laboratory/discussion section each week. Prerequisites: none.
311. Neuroscience Journal Club -- This course provides an in-depth examination of a specific area of neuroscience through critical analysis of the primary neuroscience literature. Each topic is considered from multiple disciplinary perspectives and multiple levels of analysis. Potential topics include the study of neurodegenerative disorders, language development, thirst, memory, and learning. Discussion, 1 hour per week. Prerequisite: NSCI 211.
411. Advanced Neuroscience Research I -- This is an interdisciplinary course in which students with different academic majors work together in 4-6 member teams to complete a self-designed neuroscience research project. The project will be directly related to a general neuroscience theme which will be chosen by the instructor(s). This course serves as the capstone course in the neuroscience minor program where students are expected to integrate and apply their knowledge and experimental expertise to complete their project. One, 3-hour lab session and one, 1-hour consulting/planning session per week. Prerequisites: NSCI 211 and 2 credits NSCI 311, or permission of instructor.
412. Advanced Neuroscience Research II -- This is the second in a series of two capstone research courses in which students with different academic majors work together in 4-6 member teams to complete a self-designed neuroscience research project. In this course, student groups write a formal, scientific journal-style manuscript which summarizes their research project that was completed in the previous course. One, 1-hour discussion session per week. Prerequisite: NSCI 411.