Requirements for Senior Comprehensives

I. In some years there is a seminar attendance requirement, majors will be informed of this requirement well in advance of their senior fall semester.

II. Majors must also pass a written comprehensive examination in one of two ways:

1. Complete a senior honors thesis in Neuroscience.


2. Complete a 5-7 page paper integrating perspectives from different areas of Neuroscience. The exam will occur early during the Spring semester and dates and specific instructions will be provided during interterm.

Passing Senior Comprehensives

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

In years where the seminar requirement is in place, then missing a seminar without proper excluding documentation or authorization will require making up the seminar 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 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 the written examination. 

Senior Comprehensives Schedule

*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 semester of their senior year.