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Neuroscience is the study of how the brain works to generate behavioral outcomes using sensory inputs.  It is a field of study that is expanding at a national and international level due to the rapid development of innovative technological approaches that allow for levels of analysis of the nervous system never before imagined, growing recognition of the critical role that even single cells have in influencing normal and pathological nervous system function and the increasing prevalence of neurodegenerative disease, traumatic brain injury and substance abuse in our society. The Federal government's recent "Brain Initiative", announced in 2013, is projected to provide more than $3 billion in research funding to the field of neuroscience over the next ten years.


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Since understanding normal brain and nervous system functions and overcoming/treating their dysfunction is of growing concern to our society, many careers in neuroscience are experiencing sustained growth. To cite just a few of the many examples, the American Psychological Association has recently drawn attention to the critical shortage of both civilian and military mental health professionals needed to treat such diverse problems as post-traumatic stress syndrome and traumatic brain injury. Opportunities in regenerative medicine are increasing exponentially and currently run the gamut from research to clinical application to marketing of therapies that impact both peripheral and central nervous system repair. Finally, artificial intelligence and robotics are predicted to permeate wide segments of daily life by 2025 and advancements in both fields have benefited immensely from a neuroscience perspective.

Career opportunities in Neuroscience

  • Professional Degrees
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health
  • Physical Therapy
  • Vetrinary Medicine
  • Science Advocacy
  • Government Relations

Current Curriculum Information

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Classes & Requirements

What You'll Study

Students in this major will receive extensive and in-depth training in basic aspects of nervous system function and will employ a wide range of highly innovative technological approaches to study the nervous system in the context of normal function and disease states such as Alzheimer's Disease, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's Disease, substance abuse and stroke.

B.S. Four Year Plan

Graduation Requirements

Students interested in earning a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree must complete a minimum of 60 hours in biological, physical, mathematical and/or computer sciences. See the complete description of College requirements for a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences degrees in the Arts and Sciences section of the 2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin.

UK Core Requirements

  • The Nature of Inquiry in Arts and Creativity (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Humanities (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Social Sciences (3 hours)
  • The nature of Inquiry in the Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication I (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication II (3 hours)
  • Quantitative Foundations (3 hours)
  • Statistical and Inferential Reasoning (3 hours)
  • Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA (3 hours)
  • Global Dynamics (3 hours)

Total Credit Hours - 30

Premajor Requirements 

  • BIO 148 - Introductory Biology I [3 hours]
  • BIO 152 - Principles of Biology II [3 hours]
  • BIO 155 - Laboratory for Introductory Biology I [1 hour]
  • CHE 105 - General College Chemistry I [4 hours]
  • CHE 111 - Laboratory to Accompany General Chemistry I [1 hour]
  • CHE 107 - General College Chemistry II [3 hours]
  • CHE 113 - Laboratory to Accompany General Chemistry II [2 hours]
  • MA 113 or 137 - Calculus I or Calculus I with Life Sciences [4 hours]

Total Hours - 25

Major Requirements 

Core Courses

  • BIO 302 - Introduction to Neuroscience [3 hours]
  • BIO 303 - Introduction to Neuroscience Techniques [4 hours]
  • ANA 394 - Independent Research in Neurobiology and Neuroscience or BIO 394 - Research in Neuroscience or PSY 393 - Research in Neuroscience [6 hours]
  • BIO 315 - Introduction to Cell Biology or BCH 401G - Fundamentals of Biochemistry or CHE 550/552 Biological Chemistry I/II [3-6 hours]
  • BIO 426 - Neuroscience Seminar [1 hour]
  • CHE 230 - Organic Chemistry I [3 hours]
  • CHE 231 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I [1 hour]
  • CHE 232 - Organic Chemistry II [3 hours]
  • CHE 233 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II [1 hour]
  • PHY 211/213 - General Physics or PHY 231/232 - General University Physics and PHY 241/242 - General University Physics Laboratory [10 hours]
  • WRD 204 - Technical Writing [3 hours]

Total Hours 38-41

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Psychologists study cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how people relate to one another and their environments.

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Some psychologists work independently, conducting research, consulting with clients, or working with patients. Others work as part of a healthcare team, collaborating with physicians and social workers or in school settings, working with students, teachers, parents, and other educators. Those in private practice often work evenings and weekends to accommodate clients.

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Physical Therapists

Physical therapists, sometimes called PTs, help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. These therapists are often an important part of the rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention of patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries.

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Physical therapists typically work in private offices and clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes. They spend much of their time on their feet, actively working with patients.

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A&S Undecided/Exploratory Studies

Understanding that over 70 percent of university students will change their declared major at least once during their college careers, the College of Arts and Sciences has developed an Exploratory Studies program for students who have yet to decide the specific field of study that most closely aligns both their personal interests and their professional career goals and objectives. The Exploratory Studies Program provides students with an extraordinarily diverse educational environment that includes coursework spanning Math and Natural Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences and provides students with the unique opportunity to explore multiple areas of interest during their first several semesters on campus. For more information please contact a recruiting representative at 

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