• Neuroscience Major (BA)


    Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary major in which students have the option of pursuing either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. Students take a core set of required courses in psychology, biology, and chemistry, which prepares them to understand the biological basis for neural processing and higher cognitive functions. In upper level courses, students explore contemporary neuroscience theory and research, examine specific areas of neuroscience, and gain experience in experimental and laboratory approaches to neuroscience research. Students are encouraged to pursue independent research in neuroscience with a faculty member through the Summer Collaborative Research Program, independent studies or research apprenticeships, or the departmental honors programs.

    The Neuroscience Major prepares students for graduate study in neuroscience, biological sciences and psychology, or for professional training in medicine, clinical psychology or other health professional areas. Students will also be prepared for careers in a variety of fields, including scientific research (laboratory technician), scientific education and outreach, allied health fields, business (market research, advertising consultant), or public/government service (social work, case management, global health organizations).

     

    Major Requirements

    General Chemistry:

    Students must complete either General Chemistry I and II or Advanced General Chemistry.

    Statistics (choose one):

    • Other equivalent statistics course

    Electives:

    Four elective courses are required from the lists below. At least one elective must be 5000-level.

    One neuroscience course chosen from the following:

    • NEUR (5000-level) - Developmental Neurobiology

    One psychology course chosen from the following:

    Two additional courses chosen from the following:

    • Additional NEUR courses from the list above
    • Additional PSY courses from the list above