College of Arts & Sciences

Neuroscience

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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
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Science Advocacy
  • Government Relations

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.


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 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 304 - Introduction to Neuroscience Techniques [3 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]
  • PHY 211 - General Physics or PHY 231 - General University Physics and PHY 241 - General University Physics Laboratory [5 hours]
  • WRD 204 - Technical Writing [3 hours]

Total Hours 22-25

Guided Electives

 Students must complete 27 credit hours of guided electives. At least 12 of the 27 credit hours must come from group one. Students may choose from the remaining courses in group one or group two to equal the 27 credit hours of guided electives. Students cannot enroll in more than 3 credit hours of research courses in one semester even if under a different prefix (i.e., ANA 394, BIO 394, PSY 393, PGY 394) and no more than 6 total credit hours of research may be used toward the major. See major sheet for complete list of guided elective options.

Neuroscience | Bachelor of Science

2021-22 Major Sheet B.S. Four Year Plan

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Psychologists

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

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

Median Salary

$82,180

per year in 2018

Number of Jobs

192,300

in 2018

10 Year Job Outlook

5,700

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.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Physical Therapists

Physical therapists help injured or ill people improve movement and manage pain.

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

Median Salary

$91,010

per year in 2018

Number of Jobs

258,200

in 2018

10 Year Job Outlook

47,000

new jobs (average)

Work Environment

Physical therapists typically work in private offices and clinics, hospitals, patients’ homes, 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. 


Enhancing Your Time at UK

While there are endless ways to create an unforgettable journey as a Wildcat, we can only think of one that gives you the chance to step outside the classroom and into exploring new parts of the world around you: participating in an Education Abroad opportunity! Whether it’s in a study, research, service, or internship program, taking your UK experience international with EA is the most hands-on way for you to expand your global perspective while making yourself a more well-rounded, marketable candidate to future employers no matter your field. As you take these first steps towards investing in your future, EA encourages you to take advantage of all the opportunities UK has to offer. Take a look at some of the many suggested opportunities UK Education Abroad & Exchanges has to complement your major! #ukyabroad

 

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