Neuroscience, BS

Degree: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Major: Neuroscience

Program Overview

Neuroscience is the study of the structure and function of the nervous system at the molecular, cellular, and systems levels, and of how the nervous system controls cognition, emotions, and behavior. The BS in Neuroscience provides both breadth and depth of understanding of these topics, and equips students to pursue multiple career paths. The field of neuroscience is both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, using concepts and methods from biology, biophysics, chemistry, cognitive science, computer science, engineering, physiology, and psychology. The BS in Neuroscience allows students who are interested in nervous system structure and function to explore this area from multiple perspectives. Two semesters of independent research are required (including  BIOL 388S or NEUR 388S ).

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate and apply knowledge of fundamental neurobiological concepts, including cellular,molecular, and systems neurobiology to basic biological questions, medical problemsand biotechnology.
  • Students will be able to propose hypotheses using observations and interpretation of existing data, design experiments to test their hypotheses, make predictions, collect and analyze data, and draw appropriate conclusions.
  • Students will be able to critically analyze published scientific research in neurobiology, connecting previously learned information to currentresearch.
  • Students will be able to communicate neurobiologicalconcepts, hypotheses, rationale, and experimental data both in oral and written formsto diverse audiences ranging from experts to lay persons.
  • Students will be able to synthesize neurobiological, psychological, cognitive, philosophical, mathematical, physical, chemical, ecologicaland evolutionary principles to examine the integrative aspect of neurobiology as a science.


Faculty advisors are assigned to students at the time of major declaration. All students are required to meet with their departmental advisors at least once each semester to discuss their academic program, receive clearance for electronic course registration, and obtain approval for any drops, adds, or withdrawals. Please contact the undergraduate coordinator for the Department of Biology for information about major declaration.

Undergraduate Policies

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Accelerated Master's Programs

Undergraduate students may participate in accelerated programs toward graduate or professional degrees. For more information and details of the policies and procedures related to accelerated studies, please visit the Undergraduate Academics section of the General Bulletin.