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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.

Careers

Grow Your Future

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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  • Neuroscience (BS) 120 hours

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Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • CHE 105 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY I4

    A study of the principles of chemistry and their application to the more important elements and their compounds. Not open to students who have already completed both CHE 104 and 106 or CHE 104 and CHE 108, but open to students who have completed just CHE 104.

  • CHE 111 - LABORATORY TO ACCOMPANY GENERAL CHEMISTRY I1

    A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 105, dealing with the properties of chemical substances and providing an introduction to quantitative chemical analysis.1

  • Foreign Language 1014
  • Composition and Communication I3
  • Premajor (Math Selection)4
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • CHE 107 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY II3

    A continuation of CHE 105. A study of the principles of chemistry and their application to the more important elements and compounds.

  • CHE 113 - LABORATORY TO ACCOMPANY GENERAL CHEMISTRY II2

    A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 107, emphasizing qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis.

  • BIO 148 - INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY I3

    BIO 148 introduces the student to the biological mechanisms operating at the molecular, cellular, and population level that contribute to the origin, maintenance, and evolution of biodiversity including the origins and history of the evolutionary process. Course material is presented within a phylogenetic context, emphasizing the shared history of all living organisms on earth through common ancestry. The first semester of an integrated one-year sequence (BIO 148 and BIO 152).

  • BIO 155 - LABORATORY FOR INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY I1

    This course is designed to provide a broad introduction into the data, results, and information associated with biological research, and into some of the analytical approaches used to test biological hypotheses. Communication of these aspects of biological research is crucial, and much of this lab course will be focused on the development of effective writing skills for the delivery of this information.

  • Foreign Language 1024
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3

    Composition and Communication II

    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours32

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • PSY 100 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY4

    An introduction to the study of behavior covering theories, methods and findings of research in major areas of psychology. Topics covered will include the biological foundations of behavior; learning, perception, motivation, personality; developmental, abnormal, and social behavior; and methods of assessment. This course is a prerequisite to a significant number of courses in this and related areas of study. Lecture, three hours; laboratory/discussion, two hours.

  • CHE 230 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3

    Fundamental principles and theories of organic chemistry.

  • CHE 231 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I1

    Laboratory for CHE 230 or CHE 236. Laboratory, three hours per week.

  • BIO 152 - PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II3

    The second semester of an integrated one-year sequence (BIO 148 and 152) that is designed to develop understanding and appreciation for the biocomplexity of multicellular eukaryotes, with emphasis on animals and terrestrial plants. Structure and function relationships will be explored at many levels of organization.

  • Foreign Language 2013
  • A&S Social Sciences (100+ level)3
    • Total17
Spring Semester
  • CHE 232 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II3

    A continuation of CHE 230.

  • CHE 233 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II1

    Laboratory for CHE 232. Laboratory, three hours per week.

  • BIO 302 - INTRODUCTION TO NEUROSCIENCE3

    This introductory course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding, at the physiological, cellular, and molecular levels, of how the nervous system functions to create behavior. It will also introduce students to the consequences of abnormal system functioning brought about by either disease or injury. Prereq: BIO 152 or equivalent or permission of instructor.

  • Foreign Language 2023
  • Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities3
  • Statistical Inferential Reasoning3
    • Total16
    • Total Sophomore Hours33

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • Program Core (Physics)5
  • Program Core (Cell Bio or Bio Chem)3
  • Guided Electives (Neuroanatomy)3
  • Global Dynamics3
    • Total17
Spring Semester
  • BIO 305 - INTRODUCTION TO NEUROSCIENCE TECHNIQUES4

    This introductory laboratory course will provide students with practical knowledge and hands-on experience in basic behavioral, anatomical and physiological techniques used by laboratory scientists in the investigation of the nervous system. It is designed as a gateway to independent research experiences in working neuroscience laboratories.

  • WRD 204 - TECHNICAL WRITING3

    Instruction and experience in writing for science and technology. Emphasis on clarity, conciseness, and effectiveness in preparing letters, memos, and reports for specific audiences. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Program Core (Physics)5
  • Guided Electives (Physiology)3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours32

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • Guided Electives (Cellular/Molecular)3
  • Program Core (Research)3
  • A&S Humanities (100+ level)3
  • Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • BIO 426 - NEUROSCIENCE SEMINAR: SUBTITLE REQUIRED1

    This seminar course develops effective analysis, presentation and discussion skills required of science majors by exploring one neuroscience topic in detail.

  • Program Core (Research)3
  • Guided Electives (Integrated)3
  • Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total13
    • Total Senior Hours28

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


Featured Career

Psychologists

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

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$70,700

per year in 2014

Number of Jobs

173,900

in 2014

10 Year Job Outlook

32,500

new jobs (average)

Work Environment

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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Featured Career

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.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$82,390

per year in 2014

Number of Jobs

210,900

in 2014

10 Year Job Outlook

71,800

new jobs (average)

Work Environment

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.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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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 asrecruting@uky.edu. 


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