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College of Arts and Sciences

    Neuroscience Major

    Beginning in Fall 2022, we will be offering a B.S. in Neuroscience! 

    General Information

    The B.S. in Neuroscience was developed to bring together the multiple scientific disciplines across campus that focus on the nervous system. This interdisciplinary program offers students the ability to get a strong background in basic science alongside specialization within a specific concentration area and extensive opportunities for hands-on research experience. In particular, the B.S. in Neuroscience was designed to provide the necessary background for entry into graduate programs in Neuroscience as well as facilitate completion of Pre-Med requirements for entry into Medical School.

    All majors must pick 1 of 3 concentration areas:

    • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (CMN)
    • Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN)
    • Neurodevelopment and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (NND)

    Additionally, majors can apply to the B.S. with Distinction in Neuroscience to complete additional research culminating in a senior thesis (NSCI 499). SCHC students can use their honors thesis (SCHC 499) to fulfill this thesis requirement as well.

    A minor or cognate is NOT required for this degree. Students may choose to optionally complete a minor, cognate, or second major.

    Program requirements and a major map can now be found in the 2022-23 Academic Bulletin.

    Students considering switching to the B.S. in Neuroscience can use the advising worksheets found on our Forms and Guidelines page to evaluate how their existing coursework fits into the program and plan their coursework for upcoming semesters. 

    Research experience is central to the Neuroscience degree. Students considering the Neuroscience B.S. should familiarize themselves with our Research Requirements and the procedures involved in that process. Detailed information is available on our Undergraduate Research page.


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