What is Neuroscience?


Neuroscience, the study of the nervous system, advances our understanding of human thought, emotion, and behavior. Neuroscience is a diverse field that draws on expertise from numerous disciplines, including biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, and psychology.  A Neuroscience degree at University of Texas at Austin provides students with rigorous, multidisciplinary training that can serve as a foundation for a career in this growing field.

The program of study includes foundational courses in core sciences and a three-course specialization in one of six areas: biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, or psychology. The program emphasizes the acquisition of quantitative and statistical competence and will provide meaningful hands-on laboratory experiences with expert faculty and cutting-edge techniques, including intracellular electrophysiological recording, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), live cell imaging using two-photon microscopy, human psychophysics, and molecular genetics. 

For more visit the Department of Neuroscience.


Where can I find a degree checklist?


Bachelor of Science & Arts 

Bachelor of Science

After reviewing the checklist it is recommended you make an appointment with an academic advisor to go over course sequencing, pre-requisites, and electives to make sure you are on track to graduate on time.

What kinds of careers can I pursue with a Neuroscience degree?


Entry-level bachelor’s positions in neuroscience include positions within industry, government and academia as research assistants, laboratory technicians, consultants, marketing/sales representatives, educators and public health workers. Examples of recently posted positions requiring a bachelor’s degree include:

  • Neuroscience Sales Representative, with a focus on hospital clientele
  • Neuroscience Pharmaceutical Primary Care Sales Representative
 Consultant, for a neuroscience data sciences group
  • Research Associate, in a neuroscience laboratory
  • Operations Manager, for a neuroscience laboratory
  • Neuroscience Program Coordinator, conducting outcomes measures
  • Biological Technician, neuroscience laboratory

A website with more information on neuroscience careers can be found here.