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Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Director

Dr. Donald H. Edwards

Regents’ Professor of Neuroscience

825 Petit Science Center

Tel: 404-413-5394



Undergraduate Committee

Dr. Paul S. Katz, Neuroscience

Dr. Gennady Cymbalyuk, Neuroscience

Dr Eddy Nahmias, Philosophy


Undergraduate Administrator

Undergraduate Program Administrator
Phone: 404.413.3566



We are very pleased to announce the B.S. degree program in Neuroscience at Georgia State University.  Neuroscience is among the most rapidly growing scientific fields, addressing fundamental and health-related questions concerning the brains and behavior of animals and humans.  Students interested in discovering how the brain works,  or why cats behave differently from dogs, or how brains differ from computers, or  why smoking is addictive will learn how to look for answers to these and other questions. Students with career goals in life science, health care, science education, mental health, information science, and behavioral science will find appropriate training as a Neuroscience major

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES are available in the labs of Neuroscience faculty.  Students learn how to conduct research, analyze data, interpret results, write scientific papers, and present the results publicly in collaboration with the faculty, postdocs, graduate students, technicians and other undergraduates in the lab.  These experiences are individually arranged with the faculty director of each laboratory, and can provide course credit or financial support through faculty research grants or the Brains & Behavior Scholars Program ( 

PREPARATION FOR CAREERS OR ADVANCED TRAINING.    Pursuit of a B.S. in Neuroscience degree will prepare the student for careers in biomedicine, mental health, and scientific research.  It will also prepare the student for advanced graduate and professional training in medicine, law, and the many academic disciplines that contribute to neuroscience.  

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

In addition to requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences for all undergraduate programs (e.g., residency, total number of hours towards degree) see Curriculum & Requirements at for detailed requirements for the undergraduate degree in Neuroscience.

Alternatives are available to some core and major requirements.  These alternatives could be negotiated with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. 


Course Planner for Full-Time Neuroscience Major*




Fall Semester

Spring Semester

First   Year

Area A:  ENGL 1101 (3)       Area E course (3)

A: MATH 1113 or higher (3)
F: CHEM 1211K (4)
B:  PHIL 1010 (2)


TOTAL: 15 hours

A: ENGL 1102 (3)
F: BIOL 2107K (4)
D: MATH 2211 or 2212 (4)
Area C course (3)
B: PERS 2002 (2)


TOTAL: 16 hours

Second Year

F: BIOL 2108K (4)
F: CHEM 1212K (4)

Area C course (3)

Area E course (3)


TOTAL: 14 hours

NEUR 3000 Principles (4)

D: PHYS 2211K or 1111K (4)

Area E course (3)
Area F course (2-4)

TOTAL: 13-15 hours

Third Year

NEUR 3020 Sci Method (4)

NEUR 3010 Lab (4)

D: PHYS 2212K or 1112K (4)

Area E course (3)



TOTAL: 15 hours

NEUR 4XXX elective 1 (3-4)

NEUR 4XXX elective 2 (3-4)

Area H elective (3-4)

Area H elective (3-4)

Area H (3) elective as needed**


TOTAL: 15-17 hours

Fourth Year

NEUR 4XXX elective 3 (3-4)
NEUR 4XXX elective 4 (3-4)
NEUR 4XXX elective 5 (3-4)

Area H elective (3-4)

Area H (3) elective as needed

TOTAL: 15-17 hours

NEUR 4910 Topics (3)
NEUR 4XXX elective 6 (3-4)
NEUR 4XXX elective 7 (3-4)

Area H elective (3-4)

Area H (3) elective as needed


TOTAL: 15-17 hours***



* This schedule of courses represents just one of many possible sequences (e.g., it does not include taking any summer courses or any AP/IB credits students may have). 

Adjustments must be made for students who cannot take 15-17 hours per semester. 
** Neuroscience majors are, of course, welcome and encouraged to take more than the 15 hours of required neuroscience electives (and more than the 120 hours required for graduation). 

The Pre-Medicine Concentration requires Chem 2400, 3410, 3100, and 3110.  These courses can be applied to Area H.

*** Students must have 39 hours at Georgia State University taken at the 3000/4000 level for the residency requirements, and complete at least 120 hours for graduation.