Prerequisites: Math 132 (Calc II) indicates the level of mathematical competence that is needed for this major, and is on-par with all other natural science majors at WUSTL. Bio 2960 (Bio I) indicates a requirement for fluency in basic cellular biology, and is required for most 300-level Bio classes.
Core Requirements (6 courses): The first 3 courses reflect the requirement for basic knowledge and methodological competencies in psychology required of all majors in the Psychological and Brain Sciences department (Intro, Stats, Experimental). The additional 3 courses ensure a strong foundation in Cognitive Psychology, Biological Psychology/Neuroscience, and Cognitive Neuroscience.
Distribution Requirements (2 courses). This distribution ensures a good background in both Cognitive and Biological sub-areas.
Computation Requirement (1 course). This requirement ensures basic fluency in computational and programming skills that are essential to the major. Can be completed at any time during the major (although earlier rather than later would be preferred). The requirement allows for flexibility in that students may opt out of CSE 131 (Intro to Computer Science) if an appropriate Psychology departmental alternative offering (R, MATLAB) is available, or if the student wants to petition to satisfy the requirement in a non-standard way.
Depth/Capstone Requirement (3 courses). Similar to the goals of the Concentration within the general Psychological & Brain Sciences major, this requirement ensures that students are exposed to 400-level courses and participate in a research or writing-intensive experience within Cognitive Neuroscience.