Degree or Program Details

Neuroscience Major

The Neuroscience Major is designed for students who wish to pursue a career or graduate studies in the field of neuroscience. This major provides a foundation for pursuing graduate studies in neuroscience with a potential goal of conducting neuroscience research in academia or industry. Included in the major is a choice of two concentrations: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience; or Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience. This major also prepares students for other employment opportunities in neuroscience, such as entry-level research positions in the pharmaceutical industry or at research institutions. Students are required to choose among three options for minor: Integrative Science Minor; Pre-Professional Minor; or Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics Minor with the requirement that students take an additional eight credits from outside of the minor department. Students will be assigned advisors within the department where their concentration resides. Neuroscience majors in either concentration may take courses that require BI 112 as a prerequisite, without having taken BI 112, with the permission of instructor. This program will be administered by a joint advisory committee consisting of members from both Biology and Psychology Departments.

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Total Credits Required for Degree 124

Liberal Studies 30-40
Health Promotion Requirements 2

Core Courses 33

Choose a Concentration: 

Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience Concentration 31-33
     BI 499 Internship (1-6 cr.)
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience Concentration Electives 6-8

Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration 26
     PY 410 Sensation and Perception (4 cr.) or
Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration Electives 8
BI 312 Genetics (4 cr.)

Other Required Courses 10

Minor 20-24
Select one of these options: 1) integrative science minor; 2) pre-professional minor; 3) chemistry, physics, or math minor. If option 3, it is recommended that the student take 8 additional credits from science areas outside of the selected minor.