Incoming freshmen cannot be declared Integrative Neuroscience majors. They can indicate an interest in the major through an XNER designation on DegreeWorks but this does not guarantee admission to the program. Rather, students interested in the Integrative Neuroscience major will be evaluated at the end of their third semester. An online application will be available late November/early December each year and it is at this time that interested sophomores can apply for admission to the Program. Applications will only be accepted at other times with the approval of the Program Director. When a student applies for the major, they specify an area of specialization: Cell and Molecular, Cognitive, or Systems and Computational. They may change this area at a later time with the guidance of their advisor, but since it has implications for which courses they will be selecting and research mentors they will be working with, it is important that they choose one as early as possible.
You should become familiar with the Admissions Requirements page of our website, and start planning for the three Foundations courses that you plan to take. We strongly recommend that you take at least one from each area (Biology, Psychology, Computer Science) so that you have a clear understanding of these different disciplines. Most students have taken Calculus, Biology I and II, Biopsychology, and one of the Computer Science foundation courses (CISC 1800/1810) by the time they apply.
It is recommended that you pay close attention to your grades over the course of the year. Remember, you can have no more than 4 science credits lower than a B-, and that includes labs, so if you are struggling in a course, please meet with the professor to get extra help or advice about whether withdrawing is the best option (if it is before the deadline). If you have more than 4 science credits lower than a B- by the end of the year, then you will not be considered for the major and we cannot make exceptions. Contact the Program Director if you have questions/ concerns.
For Rose Hill Freshmen: If you are on the Pre-Health track, you may be considering taking Biology I and II and Chemistry I and II during your first year as this will allow you to apply to medical school at the end of junior year. However, it has been our experience that this is a very challenging curriculum that often negatively impacts the science GPA. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you consider taking only Biology I and II during your freshman year, and hold off on Chemistry until the summer or the following year. This will help you to get better grades for both entrances to the Integrative Neuroscience Program and medical school.
For Lincoln Center Freshmen: If you are not in the Pre-Health track, you should enroll in Concepts in Biology I and II rather than General Biology I and II as this has a greater focus on neuroscience.
Keep an eye out for notices about informational meetings about the program in the fall. This will give you an opportunity to meet program faculty and ask any questions you may have.