About the Major

Declaration of the major and graduation requirements:
Students may declare the CBN major as soon as they satisfy all requirements, at the earliest after the Spring semester of the Sophomore year, or up to the Fall semester of the Senior year.  To declare the major in CBN, students must:

  1. Have completed both introductory CBN core courses (Fundamentals of Neurobiology and Fundamentals of Cell and Developmental Biology) with grades of C or better.
  2. It is strongly recommended that students also complete at least 1 semester of Organic Chemistry with a grade of C or better prior to declaring the major.
  3. Declare major in CBN at SAS MyMajor. Students will be notified when the application is processed.

In order to graduate students must complete all the courses required for the major with grades of C or better. Courses­ can only be repeated once to replace D/F grades.  

Courses required for the CBN Major:

1. Life Sciences Core Courses

Course Name Course Number Credits Suggested Years
General Biology I and
General Biology II
01:119:115 and
01:119:116
4+
4
1st
Biological Research Lab 01:119:117 2 1st

General Chemistry (2 semesters)

01:160:161-162 can be substituted with
01:160:163-164 (Honors Gen Chem) or
01:160:165-166 (Ext Gen Chem)

01:160:161 and
01:160:162
4+
4
1st
Intro to Experimentation 01:160:171 1 1st

Calculus for Life/Soc Sciences I and
Basic Stat for Research (2 Math semesters)

01:640:135 can be substituted with 01:640:151 (Calc I Math/Phys)
01:960:401 can be substituted with 01:960:379 (Basic Prob and Stat) or Statistics II (01:960:212 for students who have credits for 01:940:211), or
01:640:136 (Calc II Life/Soc), or 01:640:152 (Calc II Math/Phys)

01:640:135 and
01:960:401
4+
3
1st/2nd

General Physics (2 semesters)

01:750:203-204 can be substituted with
01:750:193-194 (Physics for Sciences) or
01:750:201-202 (Ext Physics

01:750:203 and
01:750:204
3+
3
2nd

General Physics Lab (2 semesters)

01:750:205 and
01:750:206
1+
1
2nd

Organic Chemistry (2 semesters)

01:160:307-308 can be substituted with
01:160:315-316 (Honors Org Chem)

01:160:307 and
01:160:308

4+
4

2nd
Genetics 01:447:380 4 3rd

Intro Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

01:694:301 can be substituted with 01:694:407
(Mol Bio Biochem) or 11:115:301 (Intro Biochem)

01:694:301 3 3rd

2. CBN Core Courses

Course Name Course Number Credits Suggested Year

CBN INTRODUCTORY COURSES:

Fundamentals of Neurobiology and
Fundamentals of Cell and Dev Bio

01:146:245 and
01:146:270
3+
3

2nd/3rd

2nd/3rd

CBN UPPER LEVEL COURSES
Choose 3* of the following:

Advanced Neurobiology I
Advanced Neurobiology II
Advanced Cell Biology I
Advanced Cell Biology II
Advanced Developmental Biology
Immunology
Human Histology



01:146:445
01:146:447
01:146:470
01:146:480
01:146:472
01:146:474
01:146:322


3
3
3
3
3
3
3


3rd/4th
3rd/4th
3rd/4th
3rd/4th
3rd/4th
3rd/4th
3rd/4th

*Current Seniors can opt to take 2 CBN Upper Level Courses + 1 Molecular Biology course (01:146:478, 01:694:408, or 11:126:481) instead of 3 CBN Upper Level Courses. This option will expire in the Spring 2021.

3. CBN Track options (select at the start of the Senior year)

  1. General Track: 2 life science electives at the 300-400 level (at least 6 total credits), including at least 1 lab course, 1 course with an associated lab, or 2 semesters of Research in CBN.
    Course Name Course Number Credits Suggested Year
    1 Elective See list of Approved Electives 3 or more 4th

    1 Lab elective - choose from

    Advanced Cell Lab
    Immunology Lab
    Human Parasitology Lab
    Human Histology
    Approved elective with a lab component


    01:146:471
    01:146:475
    01:146:329
    01:146:322
    See list of Approved Electives
    1 or more 3rd/4t
  2. Honors Track: 1 life science elective at the 300-400 level, Honors Seminar, Honors Research (at least 12 total credits). A written research thesis and oral presentation are required at the end of the Senior Spring semester in order to attain Departmental Honors. Requires a minimum CBN major GPA of 3.4, and submission of a CBN Honors Application Form.
    Course name Course Number Credits Suggested year
    1 Elective See list of Approved Electives 3 4th
    Honors Seminars 01:146:405 3 Spring 4th
    Honors Research 01:146:408 and
    01:146:409
    3+
    3
    4th

For CBN Major residency rules, please check the Residency Requirements.

Major Worksheet (PDF)