Integrative Neuroscience Advising
We have relocated to Science IV Suite 175!
You can also schedule an appointment with an advisor log into BU Brain and schedule through Starfish.
For information about how to contact the Integrative Neuroscience Academic Advising office or on scheduling an appointment to meet with an advisor, click here.
For an overview of FAQ about the Integrative Neuroscience major, please click here.
Degree and course information:
Course descriptions are available in the Bulletin or on the BUbrain - schedule of classes. See our Course Offerings tab for information about our projected offerings for future terms. To check what coursework transfers, please see the Transfer Equivalency Table.
Looking for information about graduation? For Fall 2018 graduates: be sure to apply for your degree when you confirm your enrollment for your Fall 2018 courses.
Advising materials for completing the Integrative Neuroscience (IN) major
- Degree requirements for the Integrative Neuroscience, B.S.
- A list of lab elective courses for the Integrative Neuroscience, B.S.
- A flow chart for majors
Declaring an interest in Integrative Neuroscience on your admissions application does not mean you have declared your major; all students enter Binghamton as undeclared. Please review the Harpur College website It's a MAJOR Decision... and the Harpur information pages on Choosing a Major. Highlights from these pages include the following: "All freshmen enter Harpur College as undecided students. We require you to take time to consider your options, your first years here. As a result, we do not even permit freshmen to choose a major until at least the second semester." It is important to note that you may not double major in Biology and Integrative Neuroscience at the same time.
* TO DECLARE YOUR MAJOR IN INTEGRATIVE NEUROSCIENCE YOU MUST COMPLETE THE ONLINE FORM ACKNOWLEDGING THAT YOU UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT THE REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETING THE INTEGRATIVE NEUROSCIENCE MAJOR.
Click here to access the form. You must be logged into your browser using your B-mail account in order for the forms to work correctly. By completing the form, you are declaring your major in Integrative Neuroscience. You also acknowledge that you are aware of the requirements for the major, and you affirm that you will work to meet the requirements. Declarations are processed twice weekly. You will receive a confirmation email when your request has been processed. If you have questions about the requirements for the major or would like to discuss course planning, please visit the Integrative Neuroscience Academic Advising office in Science 4, Room 175.
It is possible to be dropped from the major if you do not continue to make consistent progress toward your degree requirements.
If you are already declared as an Integrative Neuroscience (IN) major but would like to drop the IN major, please send an email with this request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Transferring courses to Binghamton
Use the course-to-course look-up tool to see how your credits will transfer to Binghamton.
How can I get into closed courses?
First, check whether the course has a waitlist. If a waitlist is available, the only way to enter the course is to add yourself to the waitlist. For more information regarding the Psychology Department's wait listing procedure, please click here and click here. If you have questions about the waitlist or petition process for Biology or Chemistry courses, please contact those respective departments. If the course is closed and does not have a waitlist, you should monitor BUbrain closely during open registration periods and self-register if a spot becomes available.
Is the course restricted?
Be sure to check Restrictions for a course are by going onto BUBrain and clicking on the course title. At the bottom of the page, restrictions for the course will be listed.
If a course is restricted, you must meet the prerequisites for the course before you are able to register for the course. If you are having credits for the prerequisite transferred in, but the credits do not yet appear on your Binghamton University transcript, please visit the Integrative Neuroscience Academic Advising office. If you have questions about restricted courses offered by the Biology or Chemistry departments, please contact those departments directly.
Complete the PSYC 397 Independent Study registration form online here. An email will be sent to the professor supervising your Independent study, requesting confirmation for the position you are requesting and for the number of credits you are requesting. You must be logged into your browser using your B-mail account in order for the forms to work correctly. Please complete these forms carefully.
Note: Students who want to register for 4 credits of independent study after the add/drop deadline will need to file a late add petition through Harpur and pay the late add fee. Be sure to submit these forms early. It is possible to register for 2 credits of independent study after the regular add/drop deadline. Please contact the advising office to complete the paper copy of the form if the online form is no longer available. 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. Meet with the Integrative Neuroscience academic advisor prior to taking an independent study course to clarify whether approval will be given for a particular independent study course. If you do not verify in advance, your research credits might not count toward your major.
What requirements will independent study courses fulfill?
Up to eight (8) credits of independent research may be used as part of the 16 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 may not automatically appear in the major section of your Degree Works. You will need to see the program's academic advisor so that a Degree Works Exception can be made to allow the research courses to count.
Can my Elective courses (Related Subjects, Biology Type A or B, Psychology electives) fulfill more than one requirement for the major?
A single course may fulfill multiple requirements. Some courses may fulfill multiple elective requirements. For example, PSYC 363 satisfies one course for the laboratory requirement, two credits for the upper-level requirement and two credits for the psychology electives category. However, no courses can count toward both the core and the elective requirements.
Complete the PSYC 391 Teaching Assistant registration form online here. An email will be sent to the instructor supervising your assistantship appointment, requesting confirmation for your appointment and the number of credits you will be receiving. You must be logged into your browser using your B-mail account in order for the forms to work correctly. Please complete this form carefully.
Note: Students who want to register for 4 credits of teaching assistantship after the add/drop deadline will need to file a late add petition through Harpur and pay the late add fee. Be sure to submit these forms early.
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 (Science 4, Room 175), on the Course Offerings 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 Science 4, Room 175.
How can I get credits from another institution to count towards my major?
Submit a completed transfer petition form with a detailed course description of syllabus to the advising office (Science 4, Room 175). 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?
Complete the Petition for Future Course Work to Fulfill Major Requirement form here. You must be logged into your browser using your B-mail account in order for the form to work correctly. Please make sure to attach the course syllabus along with your form. Your submission will be sent to Psychology/IN Academic Advising to be reviewed. Please complete this form carefully.
Please be aware that evaluation of these requests can take up to a week or more. Students are strongly encouraged to have a course reviewed BEFORE taking courses abroad. There is no guarantee that the courses/credits will be counted toward fulfilling the requirements for your major unless they have been approved by faculty in the Psychology/IN department.
During this process we encourage you to keep in close contact with the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives as well as the Harpur Academic Advising in order to ensure a smooth pre-departure.
What is my GPA for my major?
Use our IN GPA Calculator to find out.