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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 21, 2024
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Neuroscience, BS

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Major Requirements

Neuroscience majors must complete a minimum of 59 credits, detailed as follows:

Capstone Requirement

Choose one of the following courses


Course descriptions and current syllabi can be found by clicking on the Teaching Faculty link on the right of the Neuroscience Undergraduate home page at

Grade requirements for the major are as follows:

  • Students majoring in neuroscience must take all required courses for a letter grade.
  • NROSCI 1000 - INTRO TO NEUROSCIENCE  or NROSCI 1003 - UHC INTRODUCTION TO NEUROSCIENCE   must be passed with a B- or better. Grades in the remaining core courses and two advanced electives are averaged. All of these courses must be passed, and the average GPA must be 2.00 or better.
  • In the co-requisites, a passing grade below C may be accepted only if it is balanced with higher grades, so that the total GPA in co-requisite courses is 2.0 or better. This requirement applies collectively to corequisite courses taught in the Department of Neuroscience (e.g., NROSCI 1070 - HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY-UHC ) and those taught in other departments.
  • Majors must have a grade of B- in NROSCI 1000 - INTRO TO NEUROSCIENCE  or NROSCI 1003 - UHC INTRODUCTION TO NEUROSCIENCE  as a prerequisite to taking any other departmental core or advanced elective courses.
  • The co-requisite courses in biology and chemistry satisfy the related area requirement for this major.

Department Honors and Undergraduate Research

  • To qualify for departmental honors, students need to maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.25 as well as a GPA of 3.25 in the neuroscience major. In addition, students must complete a substantial amount of experimental neuroscience research on an approved research project and give a public presentation of the work. The full faculty of the department approves departmental honors after consideration of all eligible students.
  • The Department of Neuroscience encourages interested undergraduate majors to gain research experience within an active neuroscience laboratory. The department is a world-class research department committed to high quality research and sharing the excitement of scientific exploration with trainees. Majors are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to do meaningful neuroscience research while still undergraduates. It is not unusual for majors to report their research at scientific meetings and to be published. While research experience itself has strong benefits, it is also useful for interacting more closely with professors and enhancing preparation for graduate or medical school. Most undergraduates who enroll in research for credit are interested in completing an independent project that results in an undergraduate thesis.

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