2018-2019 University Catalogue 
    Apr 17, 2024  
2018-2019 University Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]



Professors Kelly, S. Kraly, Tierney
Associate Professors Hansen (Coordinator), Meyers, Yoshino
Assistant Professor Liu

Neuroscience is the scientific study of the anatomy and physiology of neurons and neural circuits. The Neuroscience program at Colgate is one of the first two established at undergraduate institutions in the U.S., and has a particularly strong focus on brain-behavior relationships. Its interdisciplinary faculty are drawn from the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences  and the Department of Biology . Additionally, majors take courses in the fields of chemistry, computer science, math, philosophy, and physics. In addition to a broad education, the program offers students the opportunity to focus their research interests on a variety of levels of nervous system functioning, ranging from the activity of single neurons to the behavior of complex organisms.


The William E. and Nellie K. Edmonston Neuroscience Award — awarded annually to the senior neuroscience major(s) who, in the course of pursuing the major, demonstrate(s) academic excellence, a noteworthy dedication to the field of neuroscience, and an outstanding quality of intellectual curiosity.

Transfer Credit

Transfer of major credit from other institutions for students already matriculated at Colgate requires prior written permission from the registrar and the coordinator of the neuroscience program.

Honors and High Honors

The requirements for achieving honors and high honors in neuroscience are as follows:


  1. Overall GPA of 3.30 or better
  2. Major GPA of 3.50 or better, calculated across all courses counting toward the major
  3. A two-semester independent research project of high quality(  and NEUR 499 
  4. Satisfactory oral examination performance on the subject matter of the senior thesis and related fields

High Honors

  1. Overall GPA of 3.50 or better
  2. Major GPA of 3.70 or better, calculated across all courses counting toward the major
  3. A two-semester independent research project of very high quality (  and NEUR 499 )
  4. An oral examination performance that demonstrates mastery of the senior thesis and related fields

Study Group

Majors may spend a semester at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, to carry out biomedical research and take courses. In addition, Colgate sponsors a study-abroad program in the natural sciences and mathematics at Cardiff University in Wales, and at the University of Wollongong near Sydney, Australia. See Off-Campus Study .


Majors and Minors