Neuroscience Major

The major in neuroscience is available through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS). You may apply for the major through CIS.

The curriculum development efforts align with recommendations from the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience. This major introduces you to a field of science that has experienced an explosion of information and technological innovation and provides you with an opportunity to explore 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

If you're interested in a neuroscience major, you should discuss plans with the CIS director. If your 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 is contingent upon agreement among the director, advisers, and a member of the CIS Faculty Advisory Committee that the proposal is meritorious. When you major through 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.

Learning Objectives

In accordance with our department mission, our learning objectives for Neuroscience majors are:

  • To articulate the scientific questions, language, fundamental principles, methodology, interdisciplinary nature, and history of behavioral neuroscience
  • To critically assess, interpret, and synthesize primary literature in neuroscience
  • To design, conduct, and analyze laboratory research in neuroscience
  • To effectively present student work orally, visually, and in writing
  • To express how disciplines from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences work together with the neurosciences to address important biomedical issues confronted by science and society