This multidisciplinary major integrates courses from four departments: biology, chemistry, health sciences, and psychology. Two tracks of this major are available. Track A (General) is designed to provide students with a broader and more flexible background. Track B (Graduate Preparation) provides a more focused academic background with opportunities to develop skills so that they can successfully compete for neuroscience-related jobs in the private and public sectors, or admission to graduate or professional schools. The major consists of 25 (Track A) or 10 (Track B) credit hours of electives from courses in biology, health sciences, and/or psychology. A minimum of 12 credit hours of chemistry will also be required. A total of 6 credits of directed research (NSC 496) can be used toward this degree.​

Core Curriculum

Core Courses I (22 hours) 

  • BIO 111 Foundations of Evolution & Diversity - 4 hours 
  • BIO 112 Foundations in Cell Biology - 4 hours
  • BIO 211 Foundations in Genetics - 4 hours
  • BIO 392 Mammalian Physiology - 4 hours
  • PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology – 3 hours  
  • 387 Behavioral Neuroscience – 3 hours
Core Courses II (3 hours) One of the following: 
  • BIO 500 Biological Statistics – 3 hours 
  • HSC 544 Biostatistics – 3 hours 
  • PSY 211QR Introduction to Psychological Statistics – 3 hours​
Other Requirements I: General Chemistry 8 hours): 
  • CHM 131 General Chemistry I – 4 hours 
  • CHM 132 General Chemistry II – 4 hours 
Other Requirements II: Organic Chemistry (4-8 hours) Select one option: 
  • Option A 
    • CHM 342 Survey of Organic Chemistry – 4 hours
  • Option B  
    • CHM 343 Organic Chemistry I: Foundations – 4 hours 
    • CHM 348 Organic Chemistry II: Bioorganic – 2 hours 
    • CHM 349 Organic Chemistry Laboratory – 2 hours​ 
  • Option C  
    • CHM 345 Organic Chemistry I – 3 hours 
    • CHM 346 Organic Chemistry II – 3 hours 
    • CHM 349 Organic Chemistry Laboratory – 2 hours​ 
Neuroscience Tracks
  • Track A - General (6 hours) Required Courses: 
    • BIO 591 Neurophysiology– 3 hours 
    • PSY 588 Functional Neuroanatomy – 3 hours 
  • Track B - Graduate Preparation (11 hours) 
    • Required Courses I: 
      • NSC 501 Principles of Neuroscience I – 4 hours 
      • NSC 502 Principles of Neuroscience II – 4 hours 
    • Required Courses II: One of the following: 
      • BIO 403 Undergraduate Research – 3 to 4 hours 
      • NSC 496 Neuroscience Directed Research – 1 to 6 hours 
      • PSY 496 Directed Research - 1 to 6 hours​
Electives (10-15 hours) 
Track A Electives (12 hours)
At least 3 credits from electives I and 6 credits from electives II
  • Electives I
    • BIO 208 Microbiology - 4 hours
    • BIO 325 Biotechnology - 3 hours
    • BIO 403WI Undergraduate Research - 3-4 hours
    • BIO 537 Immunology - 3 hours
    • BIO 544 Developmental Biology - 4 hours
    • BIO 545 Molecular Genetics - 3 hours
    • BIO 546 Molecular Genetics Laboratory - 1 hour
    • BIO 570 Medical Cell Biology - 3-4 hours
    • CHM 421 Intro Biochemistry for Health Sciences - 3 hours
    • CHM 520 Introductory Biochemistry - 3 hours
    • CHM 521 Biochemistry I - 3 hours
    • NSC 496 Neuroscience Directed Research - 1-6 hours
    • PSY 496 Directed Research - 1-6 hours
  • Electives II
    • CHM 421 Intro Biochemistry for Health Sciences - 3 hours
    • CHM 520 Introductory Biochemistry - 3 hours
    • CHM 521 Biochemistry I - 3 hours
    • HSC 214 Human Anatomy - 4 hours
    • HSC 235 Psychoactive Drugs - 3 hours
    • PSY 382 Perception - 3 hours
    • PSY 383 Learning and Memory - 3 hours
    • PSY 384 Behavioral Analysis - 3 hours
    • PSY 509 Behavioral Pharmacology - 3 hours
    • PSY 584 Cognitive Neuroscience - 3 hours
    • PSY 587 Physiological Psychology - 3 hours
* If you choose BIO 546, BIO 545 must also be taken
** Only one of CHM 421, CHM 520 or CHM 521 can count towards electives I or II but not both.
*** Up to 3 credits of NSC 496, PSY 496 or BIO 403WI can count toward the major

Track B Electives (6 hours)
    • CHM 421 Intro Biochemistry for Health Sciences - 3 hours
    • CHM 520 Introductory Biochemistry - 3 hours
    • CHM 521 Biochemistry I - 3 hours
    • BIO 325 Biotechnology - 3 hours
    • BIO 591 Neurophysiology - 3 hours
    • HSC 214 Human Anatomy - 4 hours
    • HSC 235 Psychoactive Drugs - 3 hours
    • PSY 382 Perception - 3 hours
    • PSY 383 Learning and Memory - 3 hours
    • PSY 384 Behavioral Analysis - 3 hours
    • PSY 509 Behavioral Pharmacology - 3 hours
    • PSY 584 Cognitive Neuroscience - 3 hours
    • PSY 587 Physiological Psychology - 3 hours
* Only one of CHM 421, CHM 520 or CHM 521 can count towards electives