Dual B.S./M.S Program in Neuroscience

Are you interested in earning a B.S. and M.S. in Neuroscience in 5 years? The Dual B.S./M.S Program in Neuroscience is a perfect program for current or potential neuroscience undergraduate majors who want to gain additional research experience, who are interested in graduate or professional school, and who have a strong interest in anything related to neuroscience.

Questions? View the FAQ!

Please direct all other questions to Lisa Shepard, Undergraduate Academic Coordinator.

Dr. Nancy Forger is the faculty director of the Dual B.S./M.S. Program in Neuroscience.

Program Overview

The Dual B.S./M.S. Program in Neuroscience allows B.S. in Neuroscience majors to complete a non-thesis M.S. in one additional year. This five-year course of study follows along a research track or project track. The first three years match our B.S. in Neuroscience program with the fourth and fifth years including additional M.S.-level course requirements.

Please note, there is no funding offered by the Neuroscience Institute to support students during their time in the M.S. portion of the program. However, students can explore teaching options in other departments that may include financial assistance.

We do not offer a stand-alone M.S. program, but we encourage interested parties to apply to our Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience.

Application information

The Dual B.S./M.S. Program in Neuroscience is available to all undergraduate Neuroscience majors who maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. Students may apply at any time once they have taken between 30-90 credit hours.

Students must first apply to the College of Arts & Sciences Dual Degree Program. As you progress through your major, and before you begin M.S.-level work, you must apply to the College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Program. Initial acceptance into the Dual Degree Program does not guarantee later acceptance into the Graduate Program, where you meet all Graduate Studies Admissions requirements.

To apply, please see Nicole Carr in the College of Arts & Sciences Office of Academic Assistance, 418 Langdale Hall. Ms. Carr will outline the application process.

Degree requirements

The degree requirements for the B.S./M.S. Program in Neuroscience can be reviewed in the University Course Catalog and the College of Arts & Sciences Dual Degree Programs page. In addition, we have provided a Recommended Course of Study to help you plan your schedule.

Recommended Course of Study

The schedule below provides guidance on an optimal five-year course of study for the B.S./M.S. Program in Neuroscience. This schedule represents just one of many possible sequences. For example, it does not include taking any summer courses, any Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate credits students may have, and does not account for any adjustments that must be made for students who cannot take 15-17 credit hours per semester.

YEAR Fall Semester Spring Semester
First Year Area A:
Area A:
Area B:
Area E:
Area F:

TOTAL:

ENGL 1101 (3)
MATH 1113 or higher (3)
PERS 2001 (2)
(3)
CHEM 1211K (4)

15 Hours

Area A:
Area B:
Area F:
Area F:
Area F:

TOTAL:

ENGL 1102 (3)
PERS 2002 (2)
BIOL 2107K (4)
CHEM 1212K (4)
NEUR 2000 (2)

15 Hours

Second Year Area C:
Area D:

Area F:
Area G:

TOTAL:

PHIL 2010 (3)
MATH 2201/2211 or
MATH 2202/2212 (4)
BIOL 2108K (4)
NEUR 3000 (4)

15 Hours

Area C:
Area D:
Area E:
Area E:
Area G:

TOTAL:

(3)
PHYS 1111K OR 2111K (4)
(3)
(3)
NEURO-RELATED ELECTIVE 1 (3)

16 Hours

Third Year Area D:
Area G:
Area G:
Area G:

TOTAL:

PHYS 1112K OR 2112K (4)
NEUR 3010 (4)
NEUR 3020 (4)
NEURO-RELATED ELECTIVE 2 (3-4)

15 – 16 Hours

Area E:
Area G:
Area G:
Area G:

TOTAL:

(3)
NEUR 4XXX ELECTIVE 1 (3-4)
NEUR 4XXX ELECTIVE 2 (3-4)
NEURO-RELATED ELECTIVE 3 (3-4)

14 – 16 Hours

Fourth Year Area G:
Area G:
Area H:

TOTAL:

NEUR 4980 (1-5)
NEUR 6010 (4)
ELECTIVE AS NEEDED (3-4)

16 Hours

Area G:
Area G:
Area H:

TOTAL:

NEUR 4980 (1-5)
NEUR 6XXX (3-4)
NEUR 6XXX (3-4)

16 Hours

Fifth Year Area G:
Area G:
Area G:
Area G:

TOTAL:

NEUR 6XXX (4)
NEUR 6XXX (4)
NEUR 8XXX (4)
NEUR 8XXX (4)

16 Hours

Area G:
Area G:
Area G:
Area G:

TOTAL:

NEUR 6XXX (4)
NEUR 8XXX (4)
NEUR 8XXX (4)
NEUR 8XXX (4)

16 Hours

Area A: Written Communication & Mathematics
Area B: Institutional Foundations
Area C: Humanities & Fine Arts
Area D: Natural & Computational Sciences
Area E: Social Science
Area F: Lower Division Major Requirements
Area G: Major Courses
Area H: Minor and Additional Courses