The rapidly growing field of neuroscience aims to understand the structure and function of the human brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system.

This interdisciplinary major in neuroscience, housed in the Department of Biology, is designed to add depth and breadth to a student’s education by exploring the nervous system from multiple perspectives, including biology, psychology and chemistry. Biology and psychology majors can declare a concentration in neuroscience, while students from other disciplines such as chemistry, nursing, computer science and others will benefit by gaining interdisciplinary exposure to this field.

The neuroscience major will give students the opportunity to explore this emerging field and prepare them for careers in a wide variety of fields such as academia, research, medicine, biotechnology, industry and consulting. Students will obtain a broad knowledge of the current scientific literature and learn how to synthesize and communicate primary research, essential skills necessary for graduate school, medical school and beyond.


The following courses in the biological sciences and psychology are required: BI215, BI370, PY230, and PY344, plus one additional course from the biological sciences (BI302 or BI304) and one additional course from psychology (PY212, PY220, PY263, or PY352). Students may also choose the following two chemistry courses: CH324, CH325, in lieu of the additional biology/psychology courses, however this option requires these additional prerequisites: CH103-104, and either CH205, CH226 or concurrent enrollment in CH226.

Biology and psychology majors may declare a concentration in neuroscience. All courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better.

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