BS in Neuroscience


The Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience degree is ideal for students planning on graduate school or careers in health and medicine. The program provides rigorous, interdisciplinary education in molecular, cellular and cognitive neuroscience, resulting in a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms and circuitry in the brain that drive behavioral outputs.

While critically evaluating and applying the core experimental methods used in molecular neuroscience and neurobiology, students become fluent in the core concepts, methods and current literature involved with modern neuroscience.

Questions about this major? Contact Neuroscience Program Director Damien O’Halloran.


    Course Requirements 

    The following requirements must be fulfilled:

    The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

    Program-specific curriculum:

    38 or 41 credits (10 or 11 courses) in basic science 1
    BISC 1111Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules
    BISC 1112Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms
    BISC 2207Genetics 2
    or BISC 2202 Cell Biology
    CHEM 1111General Chemistry I
    CHEM 1112General Chemistry II
    CHEM 2151
    CHEM 2153
    Organic Chemistry I
    and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
    CHEM 2152
    CHEM 2154
    Organic Chemistry II
    and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
    PHYS 1025University Physics I with Biological Applications
    or PHYS 1011 General Physics I
    or PHYS 1021 University Physics I
    PHYS 1026University Physics II with Biological Applications
    or PHYS 1012 General Physics II
    or PHYS 1022 University Physics II
    MATH 1220
    MATH 1221
    Calculus with Precalculus I
    and Calculus with Precalculus II
    or MATH 1231 Single-Variable Calculus I
    6 credits (two courses) in quantitative methods, selected from the following:
    BISC 2585Biometry
    CSCI 1012Introduction to Programming with Python
    DATS 1001Data Science for All
    DATS 2102Data Visualization for Data Science
    DATS 2103Data Mining for Data Science
    DATS 2104Data Warehousing for Data Science
    PUBH 3201Introduction to Bioinformatics
    STAT 1127Statistics for the Biological Sciences 2
    9 credits in three gateway courses that introduce core neuroscience concepts, selected from the following:
    ANAT 2160Human Functional Neuroanatomy
    or SLHS 2106 Neural Substrates of Speech, Language, and Hearing
    BISC 2320Neural Circuits and Behavior
    BISC 3320Human Neurobiology
    PSYC 2015Biological Psychology
    15 credits (five courses), taken in the following three categories:
    Cellular/molecular/systems neuroscience: 6 credits (two courses), selected from the following:
    ANTH 3413Evolution of the Human Brain
    BISC 2220Developmental Neurobiology
    BISC 3214Developmental Biology
    BISC 3320Human Neurobiology
    PSYC 3199Current Topics in Psychology
    Cognitive neuroscience: 6 credits (two courses), selected from the following:
    PSYC 3118Neuropsychology
    PSYC 3121Memory and Cognition
    PSYC 3122The Cognitive Neuroscience
    PSYC 3124Visual Perception
    PSYC 3127Social and Affective Neuroscience
    SLHS 2133Autism
    SLHS 3116Brain and Language
    Advanced biochemistry: 3 or 4 credits (one course), selected from the following:
    BISC 3261Introductory Medical Biochemistry
    CHEM 3165Biochemistry I 2
    CHEM 3166Biochemistry II
    Research/laboratory experience
    3 or 4 credits in a research/laboratory experience, which may be fulfilled by one semester of guided or independent research in ANTH, CHEM, PHIL, PSYC, or SLHS, or in one of the following courses: 3
    BISC 2452
    BISC 2453
    Animal Behavior
    and Animal Behavior Laboratory
    BISC 4171Undergraduate Research
    or BISC 4171W Undergraduate Research
    BISC 4172Independent Study
    BISC 4180Undergraduate Research Seminar
    PSYC 4106WResearch Lab in Sensation and Perception
    PSYC 4107WResearch Lab in Cognitive Neuroscience

     138 credits (10 courses) if MATH 1231 is taken; 41 credits (11 courses) if MATH 1220 and MATH 1221 are taken

    2Recommended for premed students. In addition, premed students are advised to take BISC 2322, BISC 2337, and SOC 1001.

    3SLHS courses are available only to students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in major courses and/or the permission of the instructor.