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Engineering with Neuroscience

Students interested in a career in neural engineering should pursue the Engineering Sciences Major modified with Neuroscience by contacting Professor Laura Ray.

Prerequisites

Modified majors are expected to have a basic understanding of calculus, physics, chemistry, and computer science. First-year students interested in the major should take the placement test in mathematics.

Unless otherwise prohibited, prerequisites may be taken under the Non-Recording Option.

Neuroscience

1 course.

  • PSYC 6: Introduction to Neuroscience

Chemistry

1 course.

  • CHEM 5: General Chemistry

Physics

2 courses.

  • PHYS 13: Introductory Physics I
  • PHYS 14: Introductory Physics II

Mathematics

3 courses.

  • MATH 3: Calculus
  • MATH 8: Calculus of Functions of One and Several Variables
  • MATH 13: Calculus of Vector-Valued Functions

Computer Science

Choose 1 option.

Option A

2 courses.

  • COSC 1: Introduction to Programming and Computation
  • COSC 10: Problem Solving via Object-Oriented Programming

Option B

1 course.

  • ENGS 20: Introduction to Scientific Computing
    – May not be taken under the Non-Recording Option.

Required Courses

Engineering Core

4 courses.

  • ENGS 21: Introduction to Engineering
    – Should be taken sophomore year.
  • ENGS 22: Systems
  • ENGS 26: Control Theory
    or ENGS 27: Discrete and Probabilistic Systems
  • ENGS 31: Digital Electronics
    or ENGS 32: Electronics: Introduction to Linear and Digital Circuits


Neuroscience Core

Choose 2 courses.

  • PSYC 45: Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSYC 46: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • PSYC 65: Systems Neuroscience

Engineering Electives

Choose 2 courses.

  • ENGS 26: Control Theory
    – Only if not taken as part of Engineering Core.
  • ENGS 27: Discrete and Probabilistic Systems
    – Only if not taken as part of Engineering Core.
  • ENGS 30: Biological Physics
  • ENGS 31: Digital Electronics
    – Only if not taken as part of Engineering Core.
  • ENGS 32: Electronics: Introduction to Linear and Digital Circuits
    – Only if not taken as part of Engineering Core.
  • ENGS 33: Solid Mechanics
  • ENGS 56: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
  • ENGS 57: Intermediate Biomedical Engineering
  • ENGS 61: Intermediate Electrical Circuits
  • ENGS 62: Microprocessors in Engineered Systems
  • ENGS 65: Engineering Software Design
  • ENGS 67: Programming Parallel Systems
  • ENGS 93: Statistical Methods in Engineering

Neuroscience Electives

Choose 2 courses.

  • PSYC 21: Perception
  • PSYC 38: Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC 40: Introduction to Computational Neuroscience
  • PSYC 60: Principles of Human Brain Mapping with fMRI
  • BIOL 27: Animal Behavior
  • PSYC 64: Sensory Psychology
  • PSYC 8X: Seminars in Neuroscience
    – Only one seminar is allowed to count towards electives requirement.

Culminating Experience

Engineering Sciences majors complete a culminating experience, which is part of a course (either as one of the two electives or as an additional course). Normally taken during the senior year, the course is chosen from the following options below, and for modified majors, must be justified as part of a larger unified coherent program of study.

Thesis


Design Project

  • ENGS 89: Engineering Design Methodology and Project Initiation
    • Taken as part of the two-course design sequence ENGS 89/90.
    • May count toward both AB and BE degrees.
    • Prior to enrollment in ENGS 89, at least 6 engineering sciences courses must be completed:
      • ENGS 21
      • +5 additional ENGS courses numbered 22–76.

Advanced Course

  • ENGS 58: Introduction to Protein Engineering
  • ENGS 61: Intermediate Electrical Circuits
  • ENGS 62: Microprocessors in Engineered Systems
  • ENGS 67: Programming Parallel Systems
  • ENGS 71: Structural Analysis
  • ENGS 73: Materials Processing and Selection
  • ENGS 75: Product Design
  • ENGS 76: Machine Engineering
  • ENGS 112: Modern Information Technologies
  • ENGS 122: Advanced Topics in Semiconductor Devices
  • ENGS 124: Optical Devices and Systems
  • ENGS 125: Power Electronics and Electromechanical Energy Conversion
  • ENGS 126: Analog Integrated Circuit Design
  • ENGG 129: Biomedical Circuits and Systems
  • ENGS 130: Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • ENGS 132: Thermodynamics and Kinetics in Condensed Phases
  • ENGS 133: Methods of Materials Characterization
  • ENGS 134: Nanotechnology
  • ENGS 135: Thin Films and Microfabrication Technology
  • ENGS 145: Modern Control Theory
  • ENGS 146: Computer-Aided Mechanical Engineering Design
  • ENGS 157: Chemical Process Design
  • ENGS 158: Chemical Kinetics and Reactors
  • ENGS 160: Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering
  • ENGS 163: Advanced Protein Engineering
  • ENGS 165: Biomaterials
  • ENGS 167: Medical Imaging
  • ENGS 169: Intermediate Biomedical Engineering
  • ENGS 171: Industrial Ecology
  • ENGS 172: Climate Change and Engineering