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 (6 credits), selected from the following:
BISC 2584Introduction to Bioinformatics
CSCI 1012Introduction to Programming with Python
STAT 1127Statistics for the Biological Sciences 2
9 credits in three gateway courses that introduce core neuroscience concepts, from the following:
ANAT 2160Human Functional Neuroanatomy
or SPHR 2106 Neural Substrates of Speech, Language, and Hearing
BISC 2320Neural Circuits and Behavior
BISC 3320Human Neurobiology
PSYC 2015Biological Psychology
15 credits (five courses), selected from the following three categories:
Cellular/molecular/systems neuroscience—6 credits (two courses).
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).
PSYC 3118Neuropsychology
PSYC 3121Memory and Cognition
PSYC 3122Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 3124Visual Perception
SPHR 2133Autism
SPHR 3116Brain and Language
Advanced biochemistry—3 or 4 credits (one course)
BISC 3261Introductory Medical Biochemistry
CHEM 3165Biochemistry I 2
CHEM 3166Biochemistry II
3 or 4 credits (one course) research/laboratory experience.
This may be one semester of guided or independent research in ANTH, CHEM, PHIL, PSYC, or SPHR, or one of the following options: 3
Laboratory experience
BISC 2452
BISC 2453
Animal Behavior
and Animal Behavior Lab
PSYC 4107WResearch Lab in Cognitive Neuroscience
BISC 4171Undergraduate Research
BISC 4171WUndergraduate Research
BISC 4172Independent Study
BISC 4180Undergraduate Research Seminar

 138 credits (10 courses) if MATH 1231 is taken or 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 Human Physiology, BISC 2337 Introductory Microbiology Laboratory, SOC 1001 Introduction to Sociology.

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



Related Program: BA in Cognitive Neuroscience

Housed in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, the Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Neuroscience builds a strong base in psychology and complex behavior study, supplemented with courses in speech and hearing, anthropology and philosophy. The rigorous program focuses on developing students’ fluency in cognitive neuroscience, both written and oral, with opportunities for undergraduate research and internships.