Neuroscience (BS)


This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2019–Spring 2020 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience 
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Psychological and Brain SciencesAnatomical Sciences and Neurobiology
Academic Plan Code(s): NEURBS

Program Information

The Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience (BS in Neuroscience) is an interdisciplinary degree with a STEM+Health focus. The program trains students to critically assess and analyze ideas and concepts from the diverse disciplines that contribute to the field of neuroscience. Students achieve an in-depth understanding of nervous system function, from the molecular level to the cognitive sciences, and become familiar with the techniques used to measure nervous system function from the cellular level to the whole brain.

Graduates of this program are poised for careers in a wide variety of areas, including neuroscience and health-related fields, the social sciences, and the biological sciences. This program also prepares students for advanced-degree study in graduate school and professional degree programs.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements13-15
Program/Major Requirements 177
Minimum Total Hours121-123

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission to the BS in Neuroscience:

  1. Complete PSYC 201 or (equivalent) and PSYC 305, earning a grade of C or higher.
  2. Complete Statistics Requirement (PSYC 301 or BIOL 350), earning a grade of C or higher. Completion of MATH 205 is required for the degree. For admission to the major, students must have completed the necessary math coursework, or have a math placement score, to satisfy the prerequisites to enroll in MATH 205.
  3. Have an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 (no grades of C-minus or lower in core or supporting coursework may be counted toward requirements for the major).
  4. Have completed at least 30 hours of degree-applicable credit.

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website.

General Education

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
Introduction to Psychology - SB
Unity of Life - S
General Chemistry I - S
Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL
Calculus I - QR

*All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language 16-8
Electives in Humanities or Social Sciences at 300+level 26
WR - two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours13-15

Program/Major Requirements

Program Coursework
PSYC 201Introduction to Psychology - SB3
PSYC 301Statistics for Psychology3
or BIOL 350 Biostatistics
PSYC 302Research Methods for Psychology3
PSYC 305Brain and Behavior3
PSYC 331Sensation and Perception3
BIOL 329Cellular and Molecular Biology3
PSYC 355Neuroscience3
PSYC 382Cognitive Neuroscience3
BIOL 465Principles of Physiology3
or BE 354 Anatomy and Physiology
PSYC 492Undergraduate Psychology Research - CUE (or PSYC 495 and PSYC 496)3
ASNB 502Fundamentals of Neuroscience3
One of the following:3
Seminar on Developmental Neurobiology
Synaptic Organization of the Central Nervous System
Supporting Coursework
BIOL 240Unity of Life - S3
BIOL 242Diversity of Life - S3
BIOL 244Principles of Biology Laboratory - SL2
MATH 205Calculus I - QR4
CHEM 201General Chemistry I - S3
CHEM 202General Chemistry II - S3
CHEM 207Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL1
CHEM 208Introduction to Chemical Analysis II - SL1
CHEM 209Introduction to Chemical Analysis III1
PHYS 221Fundamentals of Physics I - S3
PHYS 222Fundamentals of Physics II - S3
PHYS 223Fundamentals of Physics Lab I - SL1
PHYS 224Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory II - SL1
Electives 412
Suggested Electives
Molecular Neuroscience
Genetics and Molecular Biology
Genetics and Molecular Biology: Laboratory
Biology of the Cell - CUE, WR 5
Behavioral Endocrinology - CUE, WR 5
Intermediary Metabolism
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Biochemistry I
Philosophy of Science
Foundations of Bioethics
Current Controversies in Health Care Ethics
Cognitive Processes
Life Span Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Special Topics in Neuroscience - WR
Minimum Program/Major Hours77
Minimum Total Degree Hours121-123

Only 60 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Science degree.

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above.

Students must participate in at least 3 hours of a research experience, which may include independent research or directed readings with a neuroscience faculty mentor.

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation Requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing one of the following:
Undergraduate Psychology Research - CUE
Honors Psychology Thesis - CUE, WR

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation 1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology - SB 3
BIOL 240 Unity of Life - S 3
CHEM 201 General Chemistry I - S 3
CHEM 207 Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL 1
CHEM 208 Introduction to Chemical Analysis II - SL 1
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
BIOL 242 Diversity of Life - S 3
BIOL 244 Principles of Biology Laboratory - SL 2
CHEM 202 General Chemistry II - S 3
CHEM 209 Introduction to Chemical Analysis III 1
PSYC 305 Brain and Behavior 3
Year 2
BIOL 329 Cellular and Molecular Biology 3
PHYS 221 Fundamentals of Physics I - S 3
PHYS 223 Fundamentals of Physics Lab I - SL 1
PSYC 355 Neuroscience 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication – OC 3
MATH 205 Calculus I - QR 4
BIOL 465
Principles of Physiology
or Anatomy and Physiology
PHYS 222 Fundamentals of Physics II - S 3
PHYS 224 Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory II - SL 1
PSYC 301
Statistics for Psychology
or Biostatistics
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities – AH 1 3
Elective 3
Year 3
ASNB 502 Fundamentals of Neuroscience 3
PSYC 302 Research Methods for Psychology 3
PSYC 331 Sensation and Perception 3
PSYC 382 Cognitive Neuroscience 3
Foreign Language 3-4
ASNB 517
Seminar on Developmental Neurobiology
or Synaptic Organization of the Central Nervous System
Foreign Language 3-4
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities – AH 1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Historical Perspective – SBH 1 3
300+ Elective Elective in Humanities or Social Sciences 3
Year 4
PSYC 492 Undergraduate Psychology Research - CUE (or Psyc 495) 3
300+ WR Elective 3
300+ Elective Elective in Humanities or Social Sciences 3
300+ Elective 3
Elective 3
300+ WR Elective (or Psyc 496) 3
300+ Elective 3
300+ Elective 3
Elective 4
 Minimum Total Hours121-123