Senior Comprehensives

For both semesters, seniors must reserve Thursdays after 4:30 PM for Neuroscience seminars and comprehesives.

Seminars are primarily from visiting neuroscientists and comprehensive presentations (see below) that are presented by senior Neuroscience majors. Sophomore and junior neuroscience majors are encouraged to attend the seminars and comprehensives.

Requirements for Senior Comprehensives

  1. attendance at all Neuroscience seminars and comprehensive presentations (click links for schedules)
  2. the comprehensive presentation (an oral presentation of a recent neuroscience article)
  3. the comprehensive examination (answering questions that address material taught in prior neuroscience courses following the comprehensive presentation)
  • See the Instructions for the senior comprehensive presentation and examination
  • See the Schedule for upcoming presentations

Passing Senior Comprehensives

Attending both the seminars given by outside speakers and the comprehensives of fellow senior majors (#1 above), giving your own seminar presentation (#2 above), and subsequently defending this oral presentation (#3 above) is your senior comprehensive requirement in Neuroscience.

Missing a seminar or comprehesive presentations 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 and/or inadequate answers during the oral examination may result in the student not satisfying the second or third components of their comprehensive examination. If the student exhibits unsatisfactory performance for either or both of these portions of the examination, the faculty will request 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 question/answer portion of the comprehensive 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.


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