Summary: Governance of the Behavioral Neuroscience (BNS) Undergraduate Major March, 2006
The Behavioral Neuroscience Steering Committee (BNS-SC) shall administer the BNS Program.
The committee's composition should continue to be representative of the behavioral
neuroscience community within the College of Arts and Sciences, as reflected in the distribution
of CAS faculty members participating in the program. The BNS-SC committee will have at least
five members, including the director. To replace departing committee members, or to invite
additional members, new members must be approved by a majority vote of the current
The BNS Program Director will insure that the BNS-SC carries out those functions needed to
maintain a first-rate BNS program, including regular student advising, experiential-education
advising, web-site management, curricular development and the timely resolution of program-
related issues and other problems arising. The Director is expected to take a strong advocacy
position on behalf of the undergraduates enrolled in the major. The position of Program Director
will be appointed for a 3-year academic term based on receiving a majority of votes in a closed
ballot vote of the BNS-SC. The Director may be re-appointed as desired by the BNS-SC.
The Assistant Director of the BNS program will serve as experiential education advisor.
The BNS-SC will insure that relevant course and research opportunities in the home departments
(mainly Psychology and Biology as of this writing) are made clearly evident to incoming and
current BNS majors, via orientation packages, web-site materials, and other means.
In the event that issues relating to the Directorship, committee composition and the like cannot