Neuroscience and Behavior Major

Neuroscience is a relatively young, exciting, and fundamentally interdisciplinary field devoted to the study of the nervous systems. Problems range from investigation of the evolution of nervous system in basal vertebrates to the application of neuroscience to education and law. Neuroscientists also seek to develop neurologically plausible models of human thinking, affect and behavior.

Neuroscience creates a context for scholarly conversation about the nature of mind, brain, and  behavior. It engages experts in collaboration across diverse fields, including biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, linguistics, mathematics, medicine, philosophy, physics and psychology. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the major, the curriculum includes flexibility such that it can be customized to best prepare students for a variety of future careers.

Students studying neuroscience will be prepared to pursue professional programs (medical, dental, veterinary, clinical psychology, or other health professions) and graduate programs in areas such as neuroscience, biological sciences or psychology. 

The neuroscience and behavior major is a unique collaboration between the College of Arts and Letters' Department of Psychology and the College of Science's Department of Biological Sciences. Read more about the launch this innovative program.  

Students can pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Behavior. 

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Behavior have two options. Both of these have been designed within the context of the ethos within the College of Arts and Letters, so that students have the flexibility and opportunity to explore majors and courses. In addition, the degree options fit with a variety of study abroad options and allow for a reasonable number of elective course options outside of the major.

Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Behavior

The general BA in Neuroscience and Behavior consists of 96 to 101 credits of required courses (including University Requirements: 40 credits; College Requirements: 12-15 credits depending on which level language course students place into; and Major Requirements: 44-46 credits depending on the number of 3 versus 4 credit required courses elected) leaving a range of free electives (24 to 19) for a total of 120 credits.  

Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Behavior with a Premed Concentration

This option is intended for students with interests in Neuroscience who plan to enter Medical School upon graduation. The BA in Neuroscience and Behavior with the Premed Concentration consists 113 to 117 credits of required courses (including University Requirements: 40 credits; College Requirements: 12-15 credits depending on which level language course students place into; and Major Requirements including the Premed courses: 61-62 credits depending on the number of 3 versus 4 credit required courses elected) leaving a range of free electives (7 to 3) for a total of 120 credits. It should be noted that Pre-health (or Premed) students in the College of Arts & Letters typically graduate with approximately 134 credit hours so students completing this concentration do have the opportunity to take additional elective courses.

Students interested in Premed should contact Vicki Toumayan