Neural Science

Neural science (NS) is a collection of disciplines unified by a concern for the function of the brain. Experimental approaches in neural science vary from analyses of molecular and cellular mechanisms in nerve cells and groups of nerve cells to behavioral and psychological studies of whole organisms. We attract students who are interested in understanding the brain’s command of all its diverse functions including but not limited to the following questions: How do cell circuits enable us to read and speak? How and why do we form relationships? How do we think, remember, despair, or motivate? What are possible causes of devastating disorders of the brain and body, as well as ways to prevent or cure them?

The NS major studies the brain and its impact on behavior and cognitive functions, the understanding of which is regarded as the Holy Grail of the current century. Increasing understanding of the brain will enable scientists to develop treatments for neurodegenerative diseases (such as Parkinson’s disease & Alzheimer’s disease) and mental illnesses. NS research will also help us find out more about normal human behavior and mental wellbeing, and can thus help develop artificial intelligence as well as treating illnesses. NS research could also lead to better understanding of how we learn, allowing us to optimize our intelligence. These developments are likely to provide significant benefits for society and have implications for a diverse range of public policy areas such as health, education, law, and security.

The undergraduate Neural Science curriculum blends courses from many of the basic sciences (such as mathematics, biology, physics, & chemistry) as a foundation for higher level work in Neural Science. NS major requirement contains 5 required courses and 3 elective courses. Students who want to have hands-on experience in doing research can take Independent study in Neural Science with a faculty member as the research supervisor. In addition, students who demonstrate a genuine interest in research and achieve a grade point average can apply to be on Honors Track.

For more, please visit the Neural Science website here.??

Degree Requirements – 2020-21 Academic Bulletin
* = offered in Fall 2021?in Shanghai
The requirements below are from?the 2020-2021?bulletin. Please refer to the previous years of?academic bulletin?if you are following a different major version.?Not?every course listed is taught every semester, and in any given semester other courses may be offered that fulfill this requirement. Requirements may be met through equivalent courses in the Global Network with prior approval.
PREREQUISITE COURSES
BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I Pre-req or co-req: MATH-SHU 131 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus
BIOL-SHU 22 Foundations of Biology II* Pre-reqs: MATH-SHU 131 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus AND BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I
BIOL-SHU 123 FoS Biology Lab* Pre-reqs: MATH-SHU 131 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus AND BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I
CHEM-SHU 125 Foundations of Chemistry I* Pre-req or co-req: MATH-SHU 131 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus
CHEM-SHU 126 Foundations of Chemistry II Pre-req:?CHEM-SHU 125 Foundations of Chemistry I AND pre-req or co-req: MATH-SHU 131 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus

CHEM-SHU 127 OR

CHEM-SHU 128

Chemistry Lab I* Chemistry Lab II

Pre-req or co-req: CHEM-SHU 125?Foundations of Chemistry I

Co-req: CHEM-SHU 126 Foundations of Chemistry II

PHYS-SHU 11?OR

PHYS-SHU 91

General Physics I*?OR

Foundations of Physics I Honors*

Pre-req or co-req for?PHYS-SHU 11 or PHYS-SHU 91:?MATH-SHU?131 Calculus or?MATH-SHU?201 Honors Calculus

PHYS-SHU 12?OR

PHYS-SHU 93

General Physics II?OR

Foundations of Physics II Honors

Pre-req for PHYS-SHU 93: PHYS-SHU 11 General Physics I PHYS-SHU 91 Foundations of Physics I Honors or PHYS-SHU 11 General Physics with B+ or higher grade

Pre-req for PHYS-SHU 93: PHYS-SHU 91 Foundations of Physics I Honors or PHYS-SHU 11 General Physics I with B+ or higher grade

PHYS-SHU 71 FoS Physics Lab* Pre-req or co-req: PHYS-SHU 11 General Physics I or?PHYS-SHU 91 Foundations of Physics I Honors
PHYS-SHU 94 Physics II Lab Pre-req: PHYS-SHU?71 FoS Physics I Lab
Note that Foundations of Physics III Honors?is NOT required for Neural Science majors.
MAJOR REQUIRED COURSES: All Six
1. NEUR-SHU 100 Math Tools for Life Sciences Pre-req: BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology II or permission by the instructor
2. NEUR-SHU 201?Introduction to Neural Science* Pre-req: BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I and co-req: BIOL-SHU 22 Foundations of Biology?II
3. NEUR-SHU 251 Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience Pre-req: NEUR-SHU 201 Intro to Neural Science
4. NEUR-SHU 301 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience* Pre-reqs: NEUR-SHU 251 Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience and BIOL-SHU 22 Foundations of Biology II
5.?One approved upper-level course in either Psychology or Biology:

Approved upper-level Psychology courses

Note: The below list of courses is not exhaustive. These are sample classes. If you find another course that you would like to count towards this requirement, contact your Academic Advisor so that the course may be reviewed for approval.
NEUR-SHU 222 Perception* Pre-req: NEUR-SHU 201 Intro to Neural Science or PSYC-SHU 101 Intro to Psychology but pre-req can be waived based on the student's background
NEUR-SHU 265 Neural Bases of Speech and Language* Pre-req: None
The following courses will not be offered at NYU Shanghai but students may take one of them at New York to fulfill the requirement. For the full list of Neural Science courses offered at global sites, please refer to the Global Courses Satisfying NYU Shanghai?Degree Requirement Spreadsheet.
PSYCH-UA 29 Cognition ?
PSYCH-UA 44 Lab in Perception ?
PSYCH-UA 46 Lab in Human Cognition ?
PSYCH-UA 55 Psychology, Neuropsychology, and Medicine ?
PSYCH-UA 300 From Illusions to Inference ?

Approved upper-level Biology courses

Note: The below list of courses is not exhaustive. These are sample classes. If you find another course that you would like to count towards this requirement, contact your Academic Advisor so that the course may be reviewed for approval.
BIOL-SHU 30 Genetics* Pre-req: BIOL-SHU 22 Foundations of Biology II
BIOL-SHU 50 Immunology Pre-req: BIOL-SHU 250 Organismal Systems
BIOL-SHU 263 Developmental Biology Pre-req: BIOL-SHU 250 Organismal Systems or BIOL-SHU 22 Foundations of Biology II
CHEM-SHU 881 Biochemistry I* Pre-req: CHEM-SHU 226 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM-SHU 882 Biochemistry II Pre-req: CHEM-SHU 881 Biochemistry I
The following courses will not be offered at NYU Shanghai but students may take one of them at New York to fulfill the requirement.?For the full list of Neural Science courses offered at global sites, please refer to the?Global Courses Satisfying?NYUSH?Degree Requirement Spreadsheet.
BIOL-UA 25 Principles of Animal Psychology
BIOL-GA 1501 Mathematics in Medicine and Biology
BIOL-GA 1502 Computers in Medicine and Biology
6.Major Capstone Course: NERU-SHU?997/998 Independent Study?(Students need to fill out the?permission form) in Neural Science (2-4 credits, can be repeated once): Open to senior neural science majors with permission of DUS. Independent Study must have a combined total of at least 4 credits but no more that 8 credits to fulfill the major capstone course requirement. The 4-credit requirement can be fulfilled in 1 semester with a 4-credit load or over 2 semesters with a 2-credit load in each semester.?
NEURAL SCIENCE MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES: Choose Two
Note: The below list of courses is not exhaustive. These are sample classes. If you find another course that you would like to count towards this requirement, contact your Academic Advisor so that the course may be reviewed for approval.
MATH-SHU 160 Networks and Dynamics Pre-reqs: MATH-SHU 131 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus AND?MATH-SHU 140 Linear Algebra. Not open to students who took MATH-SHU 264 Dynamical Systems
NEUR-SHU 10 Free Will and the Brain Pre-req: None
NEUR-SHU 200 Topics: Neural Biology of Hearing Pre-req: NERU-SHU 201 Intro to Neural Science
NEUR-SHU 222 Perception* Can count as an approved upper-level Psychology course. Pre-req: NEUR-SHU 201 Intro to Neural Science or PSYC-SHU 101 Intro to Psychology but pre-req can be waived based on the student's background.
NEUR-SHU 261 Neurobiology of Decision Making Pre-req: NEUR-SHU 201 Intro to Neural Science or with permission of the instructor
NEUR-SHU 265 Neural Bases of Speech and Language* Can count as an approved upper-level Psychology course. Pre-req: None.
NEUR-SHU 270 Introduction to Theoretical Neuroscience* NEUR-SHU 100 Maths Tools for Life Sciences
NEUR-SHU?275 Action and Cognition* NEUR-SHU?201 Introduction to Neural Science and NEUR-SHU?251 Behavioral and Integrative Neural Science
NEUR-SHU?303 Introduction to Linguistics? ?
The following courses will not be offered at NYU Shanghai but students may take one of them at New York to fulfill the requirement.?For the full list of Neural Science courses offered at global sites, please refer to the?Global Courses Satisfying?NYUSH?Degree Requirement Spreadsheet.
NEURL-UA 302 Special Topics in Neural Science
NEURL-UA 305 Development and Dysfunction of the Nervous System
GENERAL ELECTIVES (Optional)
Students may take any courses in the NYU system to meet the general elective requirements and are strongly encouraged but not required to take Intro to Programming and choose from the following listed courses to develop research skills.
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Recommended Computer Science General Electives
CSCI-SHU 101 Introduction to Computer Science* Pre-req: CSCI-SHU 11 Intro to Computer Programming or Placement
CSCI-SHU 220 Algorithms* Pre-reqs: CSCI-SHU 2314?Discrete Math, CSCI-SHU 210 Data Structures and MATH-SHU 131 Calculus
CSCI-SHU 358 Theory of Computation ?
CSCI-SHU 360 Machine Learning* Pre-reqs: CSCI-SHU 11 Intro to Computer Programming or CSCI-SHU 101 Intro to Computer Science or Placement?AND MATH-SHU 131 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus or Placement.?
CSCI-SHU 372 Artificial Intelligence ?
CSCI-SHU 402 Advanced Algorithms ?
EENG-SHU 2054 Signals and Systems ?
EENG-SHU 251 Circuits* Pre-req: MATH-SHU 131 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus
EENG-SHU 352 Control Systems ?
EENG-SHU 375 Robotics Systems ?
Recommended Mathematics General Electives
MATH-SHU 123 Multivariable Calculus* Pre-req: MATH-SHU 131 Calculus with C or higher grade
MATH-SHU 140 Linear Algebra* Pre-req: MATH-SHU 9 Precalculus or Placement
MATH-SHU 233 Honors Theory of Probability* Pre-reqs: MATH-SHU 328 Honors Analysis I AND MATH-SHU 140 Linear Algebra or MATH-SHU 141 Honors Linear Algebra I
MATH-SHU 235 Probability and Statistics* Pre-req: MATH-SHU 131 Calculus with C or higher or MATH-SHU 210 Honors Calculus. Not open to students who have taken MATH-SHU 233 Honors Theory of Probability.
MATH-SHU 263 Partial Differential Equations* Pre-req: MATH-SHU 262 Ordinary Differential Equations or MATH-SHU 362 Honors Ordinary Differential Equations
Honors Track
  • Independent study in Neural Science (Fall and Spring, at least 4 credits)
  • Preliminary Research Statement in early March
  • Honors Thesis upon acceptance of preliminary research statement
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Students must apply to the DUS (Director of Undergraduate Studies) for admission to the Honors Track in their senior year. Students requesting Honors status must achieve a grade point average of 3.65 or better in all courses required for the major and 3.65 over all courses taken for credit. Students should also demonstrate a genuine interest in research. Students must complete the Honors Seminar (4 credits) and start conducting research with a faculty member in Neural Science in the fall semester of their senior year and complete the Independent Study in Neural Science (at least 4 credits) with the same faculty sponsor in their senior year. The student must submit an honors thesis (40-60 pages in length, double spaced) that is accepted for honors standing by the faculty sponsor and the DUS. Presentation of the thesis work at the NYU Shanghai Undergraduate Research Conference is required.?
Note: When calculating GPA in all courses that satisfy the major, we will NOT include Calculus and FoS classes. We will include classes that have been approved to satisfy the major, which can be courses from different categories.
Recommended Fall 2021 Courses
Recommended courses for Freshmen (Class of 2025) to take in Fall 2021
  1. Foundations of Chemistry?I?(3 credits)
  2. General Physics I/Physics I Honors (3 credits)+Physics I Lab (2 credits)
  3. Global Perspectives on Society?(4 credits)
  4. Calculus (4 credits)
  5. 2-credit English for Academic Purposes/Chinese (2 credits)

Notes:

1. The differences between Foundations of Physics I Honors and General Physics I: The Foundations of Physics I Honors class is rigorous and designed for students who have a strong science and mathematics background from high school. Foundations of Physics 1 Honors moves at a faster pace than the General Physics 1 course and the subject matter is covered at a higher level. You are recommended to take Foundations of Physics I Honors if: You are thinking about possibly majoring in Physics. You are looking for the more challenging course and/or you have a strong background in physics and math from high school. Otherwise, you are recommended to take General Physics I.

2. If you do not feel comfortable with taking both Physics and Chemistry in your first semester, you should?contact your academic advisor?to discuss alternative options.

3. Students are required to have completed Elementary Chinese II or 8 credits of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) before they are eligible to study away.
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Faculty Mentor
Prof. Sukbin Lim?Email:??sukbin.lim@nyu.edu?|??Profile? ?

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Minor?in Neural Science
BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I Pre-req: MATH-SHU 131 Calculus
BIOL-SHU 22 Foundations of Biology II* Pre-reqs: MATH-SHU 131 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus AND BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I
BIOL-SHU 123 FoS Biology Laboratory* Pre-reqs: MATH-SHU 131 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus AND BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I
NEUR-SHU 201 Introduction to Neural Science Pre-req: BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I and co-req: BIOL-SHU 22 Foundations of Biology?II

NEUR-SHU 251 OR

NEUR-SHU 301

Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience??OR

Cellular and Molecular?Neuroscience*

Pre-req: NEUR-SHU 201 Intro to Neural Science

Pre-req: NEUR-SHU 251 Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience and BIOL-SHU 22 Foundations of Biology II

Major Curriculum Worksheet

Neural Science Major Curriculum Worksheet (AY 2020-21 Academic Bulletin)