College of Veterinary Medicine

Neuroscience Program

Computer Science / Computer Engineering Minor for Computational Neuroscience Majors

A student can major in Computational Neuroscience while also receiving a minor in either computer engineering or computer science.  To receive a minor in one of these two areas, a student must complete one of the following tracks:
Software Emphasis Track (Computer Science Minor)
Programmed instructions are the basis of machine intelligence. Through the software emphasis track, the student acquires a thorough background in machine instructions leading to intelligent operations. The two courses that culminate this sequence (one in artificial intelligence, the other in human cognition) provide contrast between machine and human intelligence.
Prefix Course No. Title Credits
CptS 223 Advanced Data Structures 3
CptS 224 Programming Tools 2
CptS 322 Software Engineering Principles 3
CptS 440 Intro to Artificial  Intelligence 3
Psych 490 Cognition and Memory 3
Electives (see below)1 Select five (5) credits from elective courses list below. At least three (3) credits must be from the upper division CptS courses. 5


Hardware Emphasis Track (Computer Engineering Minor)
Neural circuitry and neural system components are both similar and different from electronic circuitry and computational system components.  These similarities and differences are fundamental to the link between neurosciences and computational science. The hardware emphasis track provides the neuroscience student the opportunity to explore these similarities and differences.
Prefix Course No. Title Credits
Math 220, 273, 315 Linear Algebra, Calculus III, Differential Equations 2/2/3
EE 261/262 Electrical Circuits 3/1
EE 314 Microprocessor Systems 3
EE 324 Fundamentals of Digital Systems 4
EE/CptS 300/400 level Select three  (3) credits of upper division EE or CptS from the elective course list below. 3
Electives (see below)1 Select five (5) credits from elective courses list below. 5


1Elective Courses  
(Other science courses may be substituted based on advisor approval.)  
Prefix Course No. Title Credits
Biol 315 Gross and Microanatomy 4
Biol 352 Cell Physiology 3
Biol 438 [M] Animal Behavior 3
Cpt S 422 Software Engineering Principles 3
Cpt S 423 Software Engineering Laboratory 3
Cpt S 434 Neural Network Design and Application 3
Cpt S 440 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 3
Cpt S 443 Computer-Human Interaction 3
Cpt S 445 Digital Image Processing 3
Cpt S 446 Animation Programming 3
Cpt S 450 Design and Analysis of Algorithms 3
EE 311 Electronics 3
EE 321 Electrical Circuits II 3
EE 324 Fundamentals of Digital Systems 4
EE 341 Signals and Systems 3
EE 441 Digital Control 3
EE 442 Robotics 3
EE 451 Digital Communication Systems 3
EE 464 Digital Signal Processing 3
MBioS 378 Intro to Molecular Biology Computer Techniques 3
Neuro 506* Generation, Degeneration, Regeneration in the Nervous System 2
Neuro 520* Fundamental Neuroscience 4
Neuro 526* Domestic and Exotic Animal Behavior 2
Neuro 529* Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology 4
Neuro 540* Special Topics in Integrative Neuroscience 3
Neuro 541* Special Topics in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience 3
Neuro 542* Special Topics in Disciplinary Neuroscience 3
Neuro 543* Special Topics in Behavioral/Clinical Neuroscience 3
Psych 490 Cognition and Memory 3
*Graduate Study By Seniors:
Seniors who have at least a 3.00 grade point average in the last half of their undergraduate coursework at Washington State University may register for up to six semester hours of work in the Graduate School in excess of the number of hours required to complete the bachelor's degree.  Graduate School approval is required at the time of registration.  Only grades of "B" or higher may be applied toward an advanced degree. Seniors who wish to enroll in 500-level courses for undergraduate credit must obtain the approval of their major advisor and the Chair of the department or program in which the course is offered.
Last Edited: Apr 09, 2013 9:38 AM   

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