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Neuroscience Courses for Premedical Students

Students applying to M.D. and D.O. programs in the United States file their applications through AMCAS (M.D.-American Medical College Application Service) or AACOMAS (D.O.-American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine). These services calculate a science GPA that includes all BCPM (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math) orientated courses.

Many of the courses offered within the Psychology department predominantly discuss the use of Neuroscience or Statistical methods to elucidate Psychological processes. According to AMCAS, Neuroscience courses (a subset of Biology) and Statistics courses (a subset of Math) should be included within the BCPM GPA, and it is the belief of the Psychology faculty that, in accordance with the guidelines outlined by AMCAS, the courses listed below should be reported in your “BCPM” GPA when applying through AMCAS.

Nevertheless, when filing an application Premedical students should read the instructions on the AMCAS or AACOMAS application carefully, as policies may change.

PS courses in the BCPM GPA Math-Statistics subset

  • PSYC1120 Introduction to Behavioral Statistics and Research I
  • PSYC1121 Introduction to Behavioral Statistics and Research II
  • PSYC1124 Statistics (Honors)
  • PSYC1126 Behavioral Statistics & Research Methods II (Honors)
  • PSYC3301 Statistics in Everyday Life
  • PSYC5501 Experimental Design and Statistics
  • PSYC5502 Multiple Regression
  • PSYC6601 Structural Equation Modeling
  • PSYC6605 Multivariate Statistics

PS courses in the BCPM GPA Biology-Neuroscience subset

  • PSYC2285 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSYC2289 Comparative Psychology: Study of Animal Behavior
  • PSYC3338 Topics in Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC3341 Psychology of Morality
  • PSYC3371 Cognitive Neuroscience: Exploring Mind and Brain
  • PSYC3372 Affective Neuroscience
  • PSYC3373 Learning and Motivation
  • PSYC3375 Psychology and Neuroscience of Human Memory
  • PSYC3378 Vision
  • PSYC3379 Disorders of Language and Communication
  • PSYC3380 Neuroscience of Psychopathology
  • PSYC3382 Neurobiology of Stress
  • PSYC3383 Neurobiological Basis of Learning
  • PSYC3384 Neurophysiology
  • PSYC3385 Neurobiology of Motivation and Emotion
  • PSYC3386 Psychopharmacology
  • PSYC3387 Developmental Neuroscience and Behavior
  • PSYC3388 Neurobiology of Eating and Eating Disorders
  • PSYC3391 Ethical Controversies in Psychology and Neuroscience
  • PSYC4470 Research Practicum in Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC4473 Event-related Potentials
  • PSYC4474 Research Practicum in Sensory Psychology
  • PSYC4481 Research Practicum in Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSYC5570 Advanced Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC5571 Controversies in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC5574 Neuroscience of Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC5575 Advanced Affective Neuroscience
  • PSYC5576 Methods in Human Brain Mapping
  • PSYC5580 Neural Systems and Stress
  • PSYC5581 Neurobiology of Mental Illness
  • PSYC5582 Advanced Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSYC5583 Molecular Basis of Learning and Memory
  • PSYC5585 Brain Systems: Motivation and Emotion

Neuroscience Courses for Predental, Preveterinary, and Other Health Careers

A number of other graduate health professions, including dental and veterinary schools, have centralized application services, AADSAS (Associated American Dental Schools Application Service) and VMCAS (Veterinary Medical College Application Service). While many schools may include neuroscience and statistics in their science GPA calculations, it is important to carefully research the application instructions for each profession, as policies may change.