Integrative Neuroscience Advising
Walk-in Advising Hours Summer 2014
Undergraduate Academic Advisor: Dr. Barbara Luka
Advising Office: Science IV, 230B
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Degree and course information:
See the following links for information regarding:
- Degree requirements for the Integrative Neuroscience, B.S. -for students matriculated Spring 2013 or later
- Degree requirements for the former Integrative Neuroscience track system (O vs. M) -for students matriculated Spring 2013 or earlier
- A flow chart for majors
- A Planning Guide
Click here for information about graduation. For Spring 2014 graduates: be sure to apply for your degree on BUbrain by March 28th.
***Please note that BIOL 437 Biostatistics is NOT a lab course, as previously noted on our old requirements sheet.
Declaring your major:
If you're interested in declaring a major in Integrative Neuroscience you should come to the advising office (S4-230B) to fill out the necessary paperwork. We encourage you to do so by the end of your sophomore year. Transfer students intending to major in Integrative Neuroscience should contact the academic advisor when you arrive on campus. Please note: declaring an interest in Integrative Neuroscience on your admissions application does not mean you are a major. All students enter Binghamton as undeclared. There are no requirements to declare, but you must be at least a second semester Freshman to do so.
*Students matriculated Fall 2013 or after may declare as Integrative Neuroscience majors, but may not declare in the track system as it is being fazed out.
- Organismic (O) track: This track places emphasis on an organismic approach to the study of the biological bases of behavior. Topics include animal social behavior, behavioral ecology, sociobiology, orientation systems, biorhythms and information processing (perception, learning, memory, communication). Students considering graduate study in these areas should select this track.
- Molecular (M) track: This track places emphasis on a cellular and molecular analysis of brain-behavior interrelationships. Topics include neuroanatomical, neurophysiological, neurochemical, neuroendocrine and genetic analyses of behavior and physiological function. Students contemplating graduate study in psychobiology/physiological psychology, neuroscience or related disciplines are encouraged to select this track.
Transferring courses to Binghamton
Use the course-to-course look-up tool to see how your credits will transfer to Binghamton.
Use the reverse look-up function to find course equivalencies at other institutions.
How can I get into closed courses?
The only way to obtain a seat in a closed course is if another student drops. For closed courses you should monitor BUbrain closely during open registration periods.
How can I get into closed or restricted courses?
You will need to get the permission of the instructor to enroll in courses with restrictions (e.g., locked by instructor, class standing, major, pre-req, etc.). Fill out a course petition (Biology- 26kb or Psychology- 336kb) and return it to the appropriate department.
How can I sign up for independent study credits?
Fill the Psychology independent study form (339kb) and return it to the advising office (S4-230B). Paper copies of the form are also available in the advising office. For Biology independent study, fill out the appropriate form and return to their main office (S3-210)
Will any independent study in psychology or biology count toward the major?
No. Only an independent study with course content that is integrative neuroscience-related will count toward the lab requirement for the major. Discussion with the Integrative Neuroscience Program's academic adviser prior to taking an independent study course will clarify whether approval will be given for a particular independent study course to count toward the major.
What requirements will independent study courses fulfill?
Up to eight (8) credits of independent research may be used as part of the 20 upper level credits required in the major. These credits can be from Psychology or Biology research. Additionally four (4) credits of independent research may be used to fulfill one (1) of the three (3) required labs. Only independent study with an Integrative Neuroscience faculty member can count as a lab. See the academic advisor to determine whether your lab will count. Independent research courses will not automatically appear in the major section of your DARS report. You will need to see the program's academic advisor so that a DARS Exception can be made to allow the research courses to count.
How will I know which seminar I should take?
You can take either one 4-credit or two 2-credit approved seminars to meet the requirement. A list of eligible seminars is posted before the advance registration period each semester outside the Integrative Neuroscience Program Advising Office (S4-230B), on the Course Offerings page and our Facebook page, and is also sent prior to advance registration each semester to the Integrative Neuroscience listserv.
How do I know if a course I've taken or plan to take at another college will count
toward integrative neuroscience requirements?
Decisions regarding transfer credits are made by the director of the Integrative Neuroscience Program. To find out if a course taken elsewhere will count toward your integrative neuroscience requirements, bring a written description of the course (e.g., the catalog description from the other university or a syllabus) to the Integrative Neuroscience Program Advising Office in S4-230B.
How can I get credits from another institution to count towards my major?
Submit a completed major/minor petition form with a detailed course description of syllabus to the advising office (Science IV, 230B). Paper copies of the form are also available in the advising office. Evaluation of these petitions can take up to a week or more. Students are highly encouraged to petition BEFORE taking courses at other institutions as there is no guarantee that courses/credits will be accepted.
How can I get credits from a study abroad program to count towards my major?
Submit a completed study abroad petition form with a detailed course description of syllabus to the advising office (Science IV, 230B). Paper copies of the form are also available in the advising office. Evaluation of these petitions can take up to a week or more. Students are highly encouraged to petition BEFORE taking courses abroad as there is no guarantee that courses/credits will be accepted.
What is my GPA for my major?
Use our major GPA calculator (xls, 3805kb) to find out.