May 25, 2022  
2021-2022 Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Catalog

Neuroscience - Major


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This degree program provides students with interdisciplinary experience in the field of neuroscience and excellent training for those seeking to be a healthcare provider, a research scientist, or a biomedical scientist.  Neuroscience is a field that spans several disciplines. Therefore, this major exposes students to the variety within the field while allowing them to tailor their degree towards their specific interests.

Students complete a set of core neuroscience courses that provide a deep understanding of how the components of the nervous system work together to coordinate physiological and cognitive functions and how changes in regulation can impact thought and action.  Students add breadth to their major by exploring electives within multiple fields of study that extend beyond disciplinary boundaries and provide opportunities to explore areas of interest.  A series of introductory and advanced research colloquia seminars and research experiences “cap” the program, enabling students to demonstrate expertise.

Students individually tailor the degree by choosing 9 credits of neuroscience core electives, which offer an in-depth study of the nervous system from a specific disciplinary approach.  Students also choose 18 credits of more broadly applicable elective courses across three Neuroscience-related tracks: Molecular & Medicinal Neuroscience, Clinical Health Neuroscience, and Theoretical Neuroscience.  To ensure students receive a well-rounded exposure to the interdisciplinary nature of the field, students must take at least one course in each elective track.

General Education and Required Science Courses (69-72 credits)


  • General Education Humanities Requirement Credits: 6
  • General Education Social Science Requirement Courses: 3 [not NS 260 or NS 261]
  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 6

Required Core Program Courses (12 Credits)


  • Directed Research or Independent Study Credits (approved by the program director): 2 

Program Track Electives (18 Credits)


The list of track electives is not exhaustive. New courses may be added as they become available. Deviations require advisor and program director approval. 

Molecular and Medicinal Track (choose at least one)


Sample Neuroscience Curriculum Plan


First Year


Second Year


Fall Semester


  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Humanities or Social Science Discipline Requirement Credits: 3
  • Neuroscience Core Course Credits: 3
  • Neuroscience Track Elective Credits: 6-8

Credits/Semester: 15-18


Spring Semester


  • Directed Research or Independent Study Credits: 2
  • General Education Humanities Elective Credits: 3
  • Neuroscience Core Course Credits: 3
  • Neuroscience Track Elective Credits: 6-8

Credits/Semester: 14-16


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Free Elective Credits: 6-8
  • Neuroscience Core Course Credits: 3
  • Neuroscience Track Elective Credits: 3-4

Credits/Semester: 13-16


Spring Semester


  • Free Elective Credits: 6-8
  • General Education Humanities or Social Science Discipline Requirement Credits: 3
  • Neuroscience Elective Credits: 3-4

Credits/Semester: 13-16


Total Minimum Credits: 125


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