Neuroscience Major

The department has proposed curricula for a majors in neuroscience through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Once they are approved, you may apply for the major.

The neuroscience major introduces you to a field of science that has experienced an explosion of information and technological innovation. The major provides you with an opportunity to explore another dimension of our humanity–the biological substrate of all our moral and mental faculties.

As a neuroscience student, you'll have a variety of career paths available to you, including neuroscience research and education, medicine, law, clinical neuropsychology, physical therapy, drug rehabilitation, pharmaceutical or biomedical marketing, journalism, computer science, and K-12 education.

Application Process

Neuroscience will be a Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS) major.

If you're interested in a neuroscience major, you should discuss plans with the CIS director. If these ideas seem appropriate, you'll be invited to submit a proposal outlining the major, identifying potential advisers and detailing the area in which your senior thesis (a requirement for all majors) will be done.

Acceptance of the proposal comes when the director, advisers, and a member of the CIS Faculty Advisory Committee agree that the proposal is meritorious. When you major through the CIS, you are expected to satisfy all college graduation requirements. The director certifies the satisfactory completion of each student's major.

Typical Major Requirements

A CIS major consists of 10 courses, at least five of which must be at or above the 300 level, plus the two fall and spring thesis courses.