• Neuroscience Major (BA or BS)


    Major Program

    Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary major in which students have the option of pursuing either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science 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).

    Bachelor of Science Neuroscience Major Requirements (17-18 courses)

    Biology

    General Chemistry

    • or

    Organic Chemistry

    Calculus

    Psychology

    One Statistics course chosen from the following:

    Capstone

    Electives

    NOTE: You must choose four in total; and at least one elective must be 5000-level.

    One neuroscience elective chosen from the following:

    • NEUR (3000-level) - Neurological Diseases, Disorders, and Society
    • NEUR (5000-level) - Developmental Neurobiology

    One psychology elective chosen from the following:

    Two additional electives chosen from the following:

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

    Bachelor of Arts Neuroscience Major Requirements (13-14 courses)

    Biology

    General Chemistry

    • or

    Psychology

    One Statistics course chosen from the following:

    Capstone

    Electives

    NOTE: You must choose four in total; and at least one elective must be 5000-level.

    One neuroscience elective chosen from the following:

    • NEUR (3000-level) - Neurological Diseases, Disorders, and Society
    • NEUR (5000-level) - Developmental Neurobiology

    One psychology elective chosen from the following:

    Two additional electives chosen from the following:

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