Neuroscience Major & Courses

About the major

Both broad and multidisciplinary, neuroscience includes any type of research related to the function of the central and peripheral nervous systems, involving the brain, spinal cord, nerves and sensory organs. Neuroscientists may study the chemistry and physics of neuronal processes on the molecular or cellular levels, genetics, development, pharmacology, physiology, animal behavior, human cognition and psychology, disease processes, mathematical models or computer-brain interfaces. Apart from continuing to conduct graduate research in neuroscience, graduates of our program may also go on to become physicists, mathematicians, biologists, kinesiologists, physicians or psychologists, among other options.

Students receive strong training in scientific concepts and practice through coursework in neuroscience, as well as related science and math disciplines such as calculus, biology, chemistry and physics. Various degree options allow students to choose degree plans that are more or less lab-intensive, as well as offering the possibility of majoring in neuroscience while concurrently pursuing a minor in a field outside of the scope of the College of Natural Sciences.

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Neuroscience courses

Get a sense for some of the courses that many of our majors take below. A more complete list for the transcripted certificate and for your year of entry and catalog may be found when you search for your degree option by the year of entry or catalog.

Entry-Level Requirements

Natural Sciences students declare a degree and a major after receiving passing grades in key courses. For neuroscience, these are typically:

  • Math: Differential and Integral Calculus (M 408C) or Differential Calculus for Science (M 408N)
  • Chemistry: Principles of Chemistry I & 2 (CH 301/302)
  • Biology: Introductory Biology 1 & 2 (BIO 311 C/D) 

Neuroscience Scholars Course Examples

    • Physics
    • Introduction to Chemical Practices
    • Genetics Honors
    • Neural Systems 
    • Laboratory courses in Neuroscience. 
    • Honors Tutorial 

    Neuroscience Honors Course Examples

    • Genetics

    • Physics lab courses

    • Statistics

    • Organic Chemistry

    • Cell Biology or Molecular Biology

    • Developmental Biology and Evolution

    • Neural Systems 

    • Neuroscience lab courses

    • Honors seminars and courses


    Neuroscience (General) Course Examples

    • Elements of Statistics
    • Physics
    • Introduction to Chemical Practices 
    • Genetics
    • Neural Systems 
    • Laboratory courses in Neuroscience
    • Laboratory Experiments in Biology
    • Upper-division Neuroscience and Biology