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Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration

The Cognitive Neuroscience curriculum is expected to be formally approved by the Board of Regents in the Fall 2021 semester. This curriculum is chosen by students who desire to have a strong training in neuroscience and cognitive research methods. It is appropriate for students who desire to continue their education at the graduate level to work in health care, social assistance, research, or professional, scientific, or technical services. Students interested in pursuing masters or doctorate degrees in cognition, neuroscience, or cognitive neuroscience will find that this curriculum will prepare them for such programs. Students interested in pursuing doctorate degrees in medicine are urged to take courses in biology and chemistry to ensure they are meeting the prerequisites necessary for those programs.

Requirements for Students Who Entered Eastern Under the Fall 2021 Catalog or Later

If you entered Eastern earlier than Fall 2021, your requirements may be different. Consult your degree evaluation and/or your psychology faculty advisor to verify your own requirements.

Students following the Cognitive Neuroscience concentration must complete a minimum of 47 hours of coursework in psychology (exclusive of PSY 100), fulfilling the requirements below:

Psychology Core: 17 credits

Research: 3 credits

  • Choose one course:
    • PSY 402 Current Research in Child Psychology
    • PSY 409 Current Research in Psychology

Developmental: 3 credits

  • Choose one course (minimum):
    • PSY 206 Psychology of Childhood
    • PSY 208 Psychology of Adolescence
    • PSY 210 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
    • PSY 212 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
    • PSY 314 Psychology of the Infant and Toddler (formerly PSY 204)

Cognition: 6 credits

  • PSY 306 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 432 Cognitive Neuroscience

Individual Differences: 3 credits

  • Choose one course (minimum):
    • PSY 301 Abnormal Psychology
    • PSY 302 Psychopathology of Childhood
    • PSY 315 Psychology of Gender
    • PSY 320 Theories of Personality

Biological Bases of Behavior: 6 credits

  • Choose two courses (minimum):
    • PSY 318 Sensation and Perception
    • PSY 418 Physiological Psychology
    • PSY 430 Human Neuropsychology

Groups: 3 credits

  • Choose one course (minimum):
    • PSY 202 Social Psychology
    • PSY 303 Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Specialized Courses: 3 credits

  • Choose one course (minimum):
    • PSY 319 Human Sexuality
    • PSY 325 Health Psychology
    • PSY 330 Evolutionary Psychology
    • PSY 345 Family Psychology
    • PSY 410 Psychological Tests and Measurements
    • PSY 450 Clinical and Counseling Psychology
    • PSY 460 Seminar in Psychology
    • Only one of the following can count toward the two required courses for this section:
      • PSY 480 Independent Study
      • PSY 490 Teaching Assistantship
      • PSY 491 Research Assistant
      • PSY 496 Psychology Internship: Group Supervision
      • PSY 497 Psychology Internship: Individual Supervision
      • PSY 498 Research and Field Experience

Plus one elective: 3 credits

  • Students should complete any one psychology course as an elective.

Recommended Courses

  • BIO 202/203 Human Biology (Lecture/Lab) - satisfies LAC T1NS
  • MAT 216 Statistical Data Analysis - satisfies LAC T2IT