Dec 09, 2023  
University Catalog 2020-2021 
University Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Neuroscience, B.S.

For more information regarding the Core Curriculum, including a list of courses that satisfy Core Curriculum requirements, click here:  The Core Curriculum .

Required Courses

All Neuroscience majors will be required to complete a total of 27 hours of courses across the disciplines of the field (Psychology, Biology, Chemistry). There are 12 hours of required courses for all majors, including

Neuroscience/Psychology Electives

Majors are also required to take 9 hours of elective Neuroscience specific courses. Students must take 2 courses from List 1 (PSYC and/or PSYC/NSCI with at least 1 course at or above the 4000-level) and 1 course from List 2 (Biology or Chemistry). These courses include:

Quantitative Courses

Students must take 6 hours of Quantitative courses by completing any two of the following courses:


+Courses marked (PM) are required for students wishing to fulfill pre-medical requirements for professional health programs

Special Pre-medicine Note: Both General Physics I, plus Lab (PHYS 2010 /PHYS 2010L ) and General Physics II, plus Lab (PHYS 2020 /PHYS 2020L ) are required for admittance to medical school.

All Neuroscience majors will need to successfully complete a neuroscience research project, including a relevant literature review, before graduation (NSCI 4999 ). The research project will incorporate both a written paper and an oral presentation, both to be rated by a Psychology Department rubric.

The principal requirement for the senior comp research project is that it investigates some aspect of nervous system function (the specific component under investigation is up to the student and/or dependent upon the research lab in which the student can gain access). The project can be completed on- or off-campus and planning MUST be initiated by the spring semester of the Junior year (or at least two semesters prior to degree completion).

The student is responsible for fully informing the research mentor of the necessities of the senior comp project, which include:

  1. Demonstrate conceptual understanding of a neuroscientific research problem via a full review of relevant literature related to the research question (i.e. Introduction section of paper and oral report). The review should address the specific model of nervous system anatomy and function as it pertains to the research question.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the connection of previous literature to the present research question(s) (i.e. testable research hypotheses).
  3. Demonstrate the communication and application of relevant research methodological techniques necessary for addressing the hypotheses (i.e. communicating and implemented methods via Methods section).
  4. Demonstrate understanding of appropriate statistical methods for addressing the hypotheses (i.e. selecting and implementing the correct statistical tests and described accurately in Results section).
  5. Demonstrate overall understanding of how the collected data does or does not support the hypotheses and how the data relates back to previous data as well as future research directions (i.e. thorough cohesive Discussion section).

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Total Hours: 16

Second Semester

Total Hours: 16

Junior Year

Total Hours: 14

Second Semester

Total Hours: 15

Senior Year

First Semester

Total Hours: 16

Second Semester

  • Free Elective (9)
  • Creative Expression and Engagement (3)


Total Hours: 12

Summary: Program in Neuroscience

Foundations: 14

Explorations: 18

  • African American Heritage and Legacies (3)
  • Creative Expression and Engagement (3)
  • Examined Life (3)
  • Faith and Society (3)
  • Human Behavior (0, PSYC 1010  (counted in major))
  • Human Past (3)
  • Scientific Reasoning (3, BIOL 1230 )

Free Electives: 34

Total Hours: 120

+ Organic Chemistry II w/ lab (CHEM 2220/2220D /CHEM 2240L ) is a pre-requisite for Biochemistry (CHEM 3130 )

# Pre-requisite for both MATH 2550  and STAT 2015  is MATH 1070