Department of Biological Sciences

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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology - Cellular/Molecular Emphasis

Neuroscience Concentration

Neuroscience is the study of our nervous system: how we sense our environment, how we move, how we think, make decisions, feel emotions, learn, form memories, and how these processes go awry in neurological disease. We have entered a new era of neuroscience research with the advent of ‘optogenetics’, a powerful yet exquisitely specific way to stimulate and monitor neurons in the brain. This approach is expected to “revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury” (

Students in the Biological Sciences Major can specialize in Neuroscience by declaring and fulfilling the requirements for the Neuroscience Concentration. The Concentration consists of four courses representing a specified subset of electives within the Biological Sciences Major: 

BIOL 4250 - Introduction to Neurobiology
BIOL 4700 - Biological Literature and Communication (in a section with a neuroscience focus)
BIOL 4910 - Undergraduate Research (in a section with a neuroscience focus)
PSY 3400 - Cognitive Neuropsychology OR  PSY 3610 - Behavioral Neuropsychology

The Neuroscience Concentration is fully compatible with the PreMed Concentration, and you can do both simultaneously.

To declare a Neuroscience concentration (or any other concentration), visit your academic advisor and ask to fill out a declaration of major form to add the concentration to your BS BIOL major.

Admission Requirementsfor Direct-From-High-School and First-Time Freshman

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Neuroscience is a fascinating and exciting discipline poised to have a major impact on medicine, psychology, and behavioral science in the near future. The Neuroscience Concentration in the Biological Sciences Major will give you an in-depth background, and provide opportunities for you to become involved in this amazing science.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Bruce Bamber
Neuroscience Concentration Advisor

Last Updated: 6/27/22