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Study Neuroscience at Otago

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Overview

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary subject which covers the brain or 'neural' component of disciplines such as Anatomy, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Neurology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychology and Zoology. It is currently one of the fastest growing areas in Biology.

Because the Otago degree programme is truly interdisciplinary, it is constructed from papers offered by a large number of different departments.

Contact details

Neuroscience Programme

Tel +64 3 479 9111
Email neuroscience@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/neuroscience

Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Neuroscience (NEUR) papers.

Papers other than those with a NEUR code are taught as part of the Neuroscience Programme.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Neuroscience

Level Papers Points
100-level

CELS 191  Cell and Molecular Biology

HUBS 191  Human Body Systems 1

PSYC 111  Brain and Behaviour

either CHEM 191 or PHSI 191

one further paper from BIOC 192, BIOL 112, or HUBS 192, CHEM 191, PHSI 191

Note: CELS 191, HUBS 191, and CHEM 191 and/or PHSI 191 should be taken in the first year of study to ensure unimpeded progress through the major subject requirements.

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200-level

ANAT 242  Neurobiology

PHSL 231  Neurophysiology

PSYC 211  Brain and Cognition

One of:
BIOC 221  Molecular Biology
BIOC 223  Cellular Biochemistry and Metabolism
GENE 221  Molecular and Microbial Genetics
GENE 222  Genes, Chromosomes and Populations
PHAL 211  Introductory Pharmacology
ZOOL 223  Animal Physiology

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300-level

Four of:
ANAT 332 (taken in 2019), ANAT 335, ANAT 336, NEUR 302, NEUR 303, PHAL 303, PHSL 341, PHSL 342, PSYC 313, PSYC 317, PSYC 319 (taken in 2017 or 2019), PSYC 323, ZOOL 314,

Note: No more than three 300-level PSYC papers may count towards the major subject requirements.

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Plus

126 further points; must include 36 points at 200-level or above

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science

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Total   360

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Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) in Neuroscience

Papers

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Neuroscience

Papers

Or

Notes:
(i) Papers with PSYC codes are worth 10 points each, and all other papers are worth 20 points each.
(ii) With approval from the Neuroscience Programme Director, one of the listed papers may be replaced by another 400-level paper.
*PHSL 474 may only be taken by students supervised in the Department of Physiology.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Neuroscience

Papers and Thesis

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Minor Subject Requirements

Neuroscience as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

See below

Prerequisites for 200-level papers are listed in the Prescriptions

 
200-level Three of:
ANAT 242  Neurobiology
PHAL 211  Introductory Pharmacology
PHSL 231  Neurophysiology
PSYC 211  Brain and Cognition
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300-level

Two of:
ANAT 332  Cell Biology (taken in 2019) or  ANAT 335 Neurobiology  or  ANAT 336 Selected Topics in Neurobiology
NEUR 302  Special Topic
NEUR 303  Neuroendocrinology
PHAL 303  Neuropharmacology
PHSL 341  Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Neurophysiology (I)  or  PHSL 342 Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Neurophysiology (II)
PSYC 313  Cognition and Neuropsychology  or  PSYC 317 Biopsychology  or  PSYC 319 Comparative Cognition (taken in 2017 or 2019)  or  PSYC 323 Sensation and Perception
ZOOL 314  Neurobiology

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Note: Prerequisites for 200-level papers are listed in the Prescriptions section of the Guide to Enrolment.

Total   90

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