Senior Comprehensives

For both semesters, senior majors must reserve Thursdays after 4:30 PM for Neuroscience seminars.

Neuroscience seminar periods are used for presentations from visiting neuroscientists and for senior comprehensive presentations/examinations (see below) that are presented by senior Neuroscience majors. Sophomores and junior neuroscience majors are encouraged to attend the seminars and comprehensive exams.

Requirements for Senior Comprehensives

  1. Attendance at all Neuroscience seminars and comprehensive presentations (click links for schedules)
  2. For the class of 2016: EITHER A) an Oral Presentation of a recent neuroscience article followed by a comprehensive examination (answering questions that address material taught in prior neuroscience courses relevent to the presented paper) OR  B) a Written Examination. For the Classes of 2017 and beyond: a Written Examination.
  • See the Schedule and the Instructions for the senior comprehensive Oral Presentation and Written Examination

Passing Senior Comprehensives

In order to complete the senior neuroscience comprehensives you must complete the above requirements.

Missing a seminar without proper excluding documentation or authorization will result in the student failing to satisfy the attendance component of the examination. A student can take a makeup examination for one (1) missed event by writing a paper related to the topic of the seminar that was missed, to be formulated more specifically by the neuroscience faculty.

An inadequate oral presentation/examination or inadequate performance on the written exam may result in the student not satisfying the second component of their comprehensive examination. If this component is not passed, the faculty will ask the student to take a makeup comprehensive examination in the form of a written paper that addresses deficiencies encountered in either the oral presentation or written examination. 

*By college rules, a student may take a makeup test (for each component of the comprehensive requirement) only once prior to the end of classes in the Spring semester. If a makeup exam is not passed, then the student may not take another makeup examination until the Fall of the following year. In this case the student would not be able to graduate with a major in Neuroscience in the Spring of their senior year.