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 – 2018-19 Bulletin
* = offered in Spring ’19 in Shanghai
The requirements below are from the online version of the 2018-2019 bulletin. Please refer to the Pre-2016-17 Registrar’s All Majors Degree Requirements Record2016-17 Registrar's All Majors Degree Requirements Record  and 2017-2018 Registrar's All Majors Degree Requirements Record 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 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus
BIOL-SHU 22 Foundations of Biology II Pre-reqs: MATH-SHU 121 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 121 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 121 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 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus
CHEM-SHU 127 FoS Chemistry Laboratory* Pre-req or co-req: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus AND CHEM-SHU 126 Foundations of Chemistry II

PHYS-SHU 91 OR

PHYS-SHU 11

Foundations of Physics I Honors OR

General Physics I

 

Pre-req or co-req for PHYS-SHU 91: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus

Pre-req or co-req for PHYS-SHU 11: Calculus, this can be waived by the instructor based on student's prior experience

PHYS-SHU 93 OR

PHYS-SHU 12

Foundations of Physics II HonorsOR

General Physics II*

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

Pre-req for PHYS-SHU 12: General Physics I OR Instructor Permission

PHYS-SHU 71 FoS Physics Laboratory Pre-req or co-req: PHYS-SHU 91 Foundations of Physics I Honors or PHYS-SHU 11 General Physics I
PHYS-SHU 94 Physics II Lab* Pre-req: PHYS-SHU 71 FoS Physics Laboratory
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.
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 Development Biology* Pre-req: BIOL-SHU 250 Organismal Systems or BIOL-SHU 22 Foundations of Biology II
BIOL-SHU 314 Advanced Cell Biology Lab Pre-req: BIOL-SHU 21, 22 Foundation of Biology I or II or BIOL-SHU 123 FoS Bio Lab
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.
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 121 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 10J 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 300 Topics: Introduction to Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and to Cognitive, Decision and Social Neurosciences in Humans Pre-req: NEUR-SHU 201 Intro to Neural Science
NEUR-SHU 302 Modeling & Simulations in Neuroscience Calculus, Mathematics for the Science or Networks and Dynamics, or permission by the instructor. Familiarity with linear algebra, ordinary differential equation, and programming are recommended but not required.
NEUR-SHU 305 Special Topics: The Meaning of Natural Language Pre-req: NEUR-SHU 201 Intro to Neural Science or CSCI-SHU 101 Intro to Computer Science
The following courses will not be offered at NYU Shanghai but students may take one of them at New York to fulfill the requirement.
NEURL-UA 302 Special Topics in Neural Science
NEURL-UA 305 Development and Dysfunction of the Nervous System
GENERAL ELECTIVES
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.
     
Recommended Computer Science General Electives
CSCI-SHU 101 Introduction to Computer Science* Pre-req: CSCI-SHU 11 Intro to Computer Programming or placement exam
CSCI-SHU 220 Algorithms* Pre-reqs: CSCI-SHU 2314 Discrete Math, CSCI-SHU 210 Data Structures and MATH-SHU 121 Calculus
CSCI-SHU 358 Theory of Computation  
CSCI-SHU 360 Machine Learning* Pre-reqs: CSCI-SHU 11 Intro to Computer Programming AND MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus. 
CSCI-SHU 372 Artificial Intelligence  
CSCI-SHU 402 Advanced Algorithms  
EENG-SHU 2054 Signals and Systems  
EENG-SHU 251 Circuits* Pre-req: MATH-SHU 121 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 121 Calculus with C or higher grade
MATH-SHU 140 Linear Algebra* Pre-req: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus with C or higher grade
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 121 Calculus. Not open to students who have taken MATH-SHU 233 Honors Theory of Probability and/or MATH-UA 234 Mathematical Statistics.
MATH-SHU 263 Partial Differential Equations* Pre-req: MATH-SHU 262 Ordinary Differential Equations or MATH-SHU 362 Honors Ordinary Differential Equations
Honors Track
  • Honors seminar (Fall, 4 credits)
  • Independent study in Neural Science (Fall and Spring, at least 4 credits)
  • Honors thesis
 
Students must apply to the DUS 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.
 
For formatting guidelines for the Honors thesis, please see here.
Recommended Spring 2019 Courses
Recommended courses for Freshmen (Class of 2022) to take in Spring 2019
  1. Writing as Inquiry (4 credits)
  2. Foundations of Biology I (3 credits)
  3. Foundations of Chemistry II (3 credits)
  4. FoS Chemistry Laboratory (2 credits)
  5. 2-credit English for Academic Purposes/2-credit Chinese
  6. Core curriculum class/NS elective class (4 credits)
Note that 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.

 

Faculty Mentor

Prof. Li Li Email: ll114@nyu.edu  |  Profile   

View more: Neural Science Faculty 

 

Minor in Neural Science
BIOL-SHU 22 Foundations of Biology II Pre-reqs: MATH-SHU 121 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 121 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 NeuroscienceOR

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