Neuroscience Major

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Neuroscience at Agnes Scott College is one of the best options for women in STEM

The Neuroscience major at Agnes Scott College meets the stringent requirements for graduate schools and medical school, while providing more opportunities to women in STEM then most any other Neuroscience program.

The course work in Neuroscience at Agnes Scott College prepares and equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary to attain a scientific job after graduation or apply to graduate school or medical school.


You can find the major planning sheet here.


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Women in STEM will require the following skills:

  • design an experiment, analyze the results, draw conclusions, write up the project, present the project
  • critically read and evaluate scientific literature
  • problem solve
  • work as a team 
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So how are these STEM skills different at Agnes Scott compared to other colleges?

Agnes Scott’s major in Neuroscience offers 7 distinct advantages over other colleges:
liberal arts, SUMMIT, research, experience, Faculty to student ratio, Female voices, and diversity.

  • Liberal Arts

Small Liberal arts colleges offer STEM students the ability to connect what they are learning in science with other coursework. This enhances their ability to think critically and view science in the context of other topics. Liberal arts colleges are focused on the best practices in teaching and because of that, the STEM education is focused on what current research supports as the best way to teach STEM courses at the undergraduate level. This means that the STEM courses at Agnes Scott are planned and executed based on research of what students need at the undergraduate level.


SUMMIT in the liberal arts not only allows students to benefit from more opportunities in STEM, it also trains students in the areas of global and leadership that are vital to understanding the role of science in the greater global community.

  • Research and Internships

Agnes Scott requires all Neuroscience majors to gain research or internship experiences. These experiences allow majors to determine what career path they are most interested in. Because Agnes Scott has a low faculty to student ratio, faculty are able to get to know their students and help tailor fit a research or internship experience that best suites each student.

  • Experienced Faculty

The Neuroscience major is still relatively new to most campuses, in particular liberal arts. Many small liberal arts don’t offer a Neuroscience major. However, Agnes Scott began the Neuroscience major over 10 years ago, giving us experience in teaching Neuroscience in the liberal arts setting.

  • Teacher to student ratio

Colleges with small faculty to student ratios like Agnes Scott allow more research opportunities as well as the ability to directly meet and converse with the professors in a given STEM class. In each of our STEM classes, faculty members have a small enough class size to know each of the students by name. This allows for more detailed and stronger letters of recommendation.

  • Female Voices

Agnes Scott offers women in STEM a voice. Women in STEM are often overshadowed in the male-dominated STEM fields. The women in our STEM classes are able to voice opinions and questions without being overshadowed in these typically male-dominated fields.

  • Diversity

According to the data for the past two years, Agnes Scott STEM majors do not have a racial or ethnic majority. The diversity represented in our STEM majors makes our STEM classes stronger. When more racial and ethnic backgrounds are represented, there is an increase in the opinions and problem-solving that are also represented. This allows our STEM majors to contribute different insights as they critically evaluate problems, making each of us a stronger scientist.

NOTE: Students with a Neuroscience major may not double-major or minor in Psychology or Biology. 

Requirements for the Neuroscience Major - Any Class Entering in Fall 2017 or after

Required Courses: 
BIO-110, BIO-111 
PSY-206 or MAT-115, PSY-207
CHE-150, CHE-150L, CHE-240, CHE-240L, Organic Chem II or III
Physics 102, Physics 103 
BIO/PSY-350, BIO/PSY-351 (cross-listed) 
BIO/PSY-440, BIO/PSY-450, BIO/PSY-490or PSY-400 

Elective courses (1 elective from each group): 

Group 1: BIO-216, CHE-280, CHE-280L
Group 2: BIO-222, BIO/PSY-285, BIO 324, BIO 325, BIO-330 
Group 3: PSY-311, PSY-315, PSY-323 
Group 4: Math 118, Physics 130