Integrative Neuroscience, B.S. (O track or M track)

Undergraduate Degree Requirements:

The BS in Integrative Neuroscience requires 74 hours of coursework composed of 12 core courses and 24 hours of elective credit within the major. The new Integrative Neuroscience major has removed the track system that allowed students to choose between the Organismic (O) or Molecular (M) tracks. Students matriculating Fall 2013 or after may only declare in the new trackless Integrative Neuroscience, B.S. major. Students enrolled Spring 2013 or earlier may choose between the new trackless major, the Organismic track, or the Molecular track.

For a Printable version of these requirements click here (522.1kb).

Core course requirements (44 or 48 credit hours):

  • PSYC 111 - General Psychology
  • PSYC 243 - Statistical Analysis and Design (prerequisite: PSYC 111)
    • MATH 147 and 148 are NOT acceptable equivalents for PSYC 243
  • PSYC 344 - Research Methods in Psychology (prerequisite: PSYC 243)
  • PSYC 362 - Behavioral Neuroscience (formerly Physiological Psychology)
  • BIOL 117 - Intro Bio - Organisms & Populations
  • BIOL 118 - Intro Bio - Cellular & Molecular
  • One of the following: PSYC 327 - Evolution and Behavior  OR  BIOL 375 - Animal Behavior (Cannot receive credit for both courses - Harpur rule)
  • CHEM 107* - Intro Chemistry I
  • CHEM 108* - Intro Chemistry II
  • CHEM 231 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 332 - Organic Chemistry II
  • An Approved 400-level Integrative Neuroscience Seminar (4 credits)
    • 4 credit requirement: 1 approved PSYC 473 (4 cr) or 2 approved BIOL 480 (2 cr) 

*CHEM 111 can be substituted for BOTH CHEM 107 & CHEM 108, please check with an advisor if you plan to take CHEM 111


Elective requirements (30 credit hours):

Organismic Track                 Molecular Track
  • 6 Credits - MATH/CHEM/PHYSICS Electives
  • 6 Credits - MATH/CHEM/PHYSICS Electives
  • 4 Credits – Related Subjects Electives
  • 4 Credits – Related Subjects Electives
  • 2 Credits – Type A Biology Electives
  • 10 Credits – Type A Biology Electives
  • 6 Credits – Type B Biology Electives
  • 2 Credits – Type B Biology Electives
  • 6 Credits – Psychology Electives
  • 2 Credits – Psychology Electives

 *The difference in the tracks lies only within the distribution of credits for the Type A Biology, Type B Biology, and Psychology elective credits.

*To see what courses fulfill these elective categories see the printable version of these requirements below.


Additional Elective Stipulations:

  • 3 elective courses must be lab courses
  • 20 elective credits must be upper level (300 or above)


Read through the advising resources available on this site and if you still have questions on requirements, DARS, courses, etc., we encourage you to see the academic adviser or one of the peer advisers.


Important Notes about the major:

  • EVOS: BIOL 451 (formerly BIOL 480S) can only count towards the Integrative Neuroscience major once (2007 Bulletin).
  • Pass/Fail: Only independent study may be taken pass/fail, no other courses can be taken pass/fail and still count towards the major.
  • Research Credit:4 credits of approved research (see advisor) can count as 1 lab elective; 8 credits of research can count towards the 20 upper level elective requirement (Integrative Neuroscience, Psychology, or Biology).
  • Students must take the following courses in residence at Binghamton University: PSYC 344, PSYC 362, the approved seminar, one lab course, either PSYC 327 or BIOL 375, and 3 additional courses of the student's choosing (noted by *).

To declare a major in Integrative Neuroscience:

If you're interested in declaring a major in the Integrative Neuroscience M track or O track you must have matriculated at Binghamton in the Spring of 2013 or earlier. If you have matriculated at Binghamton later than this date, you must declare in the new trackless major.

In order to declare your major, you can either come to the Psychology Department (Old Johnson Hall, Room 202) or fill out the online form located under the Forms tab. For students matriculated before Fall 2014, there are no requirements to declare the major. 

University policy states that a student must be at least a second semester Freshman to declare. However, Freshman with New York State STEM funding will be able to declare their major in Integrative Neuroscience. 

Last Updated: 3/1/17