Our undergraduates pursue diverse careers including medical school and health care, science education, information science, robotics, and behavioral science.
The Neuroscience Institute undergraduate programs provide education in nervous system function from genes and molecules to behavior and cognition. Our programs are designed to provide breadth in the fundamentals of nervous system function, along with the flexibility to explore individual neuroscience interests at the upper level.
All of our students engage in original research inside the classroom, and many of our students gain significant research experience outside of the classroom in neuroscience faculty labs. Our programs also emphasize professional development instruction and practice to ensure our students are ready for neuroscience-related careers, graduate school, and medical school.
The B.S. Program in Neuroscience begins with an introductory neuroscience course that students can take as a first-semester freshman. After mastery of fundamental chemistry and biology concepts, neuroscience majors engage in their core required courses. These courses include a professional skills course to help achieve individual career goals, a two-semester sequence of courses to master the principles of neuroscience, and a two-semester sequence focusing on the practice of neuroscience research with several laboratory courses from which to choose.
Students also have the opportunity to select from a variety of upper-level neuroscience electives that focus on their interests and career goals, along with flexibility to select electives from other neuroscience-related departments across the University. Students have the opportunity to earn course credit as part of their undergraduate research in neuroscience faculty research labs or external internships. This well-rounded program provides a strong foundation for future study of neuroscience, biomedical professional programs, and entering the biomedical workforce.
The Neuroscience Institute offers a combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Neuroscience. This five-year program is designed for neuroscience undergraduates who are deeply interested in neuroscience to gain additional research experience as they prepare for graduate/professional school, or for students looking for additional education in neuroscience to leverage for biomedical-based careers. The first three years match our B.S. in Neuroscience program, with the fourth and fifth years including additional M.S.-level course requirements and research experiences.
Students begin by progressing through the standard B.S. in Neuroscience requirements. In their fourth year, students enroll in graduate-level neuroscience electives that will count towards both their B.S. and their M.S. in Neuroscience. After earning their B.S. in Neuroscience, students apply to the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate school. If accepted, students complete their M.S. in Neuroscience with a combination of graduate-level neuroscience electives and research ethics courses. In addition, students engage in research in a neuroscience lab, earning course credit, and working on a non-thesis project defined in conjunction with their research mentor.
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