Department of Biological Sciences

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Neuroscience

What is Neuroscience? Why is it important?

Neuroscience is the study of the structure and function of the human brain and nervous system: how we sense our environment, how we move, how we think, make decisions, feel emotions, learn and form memories. Since the brain is involved in every important human effort, understanding the function - and dysfunction - of the brain is critical in a wide variety of fields (e.g., medicine, psychology, law, education and public policy).

Biology and brain science work side by side in the field of neuroscience to help us answer questions relating to the brain’s role in pain perception or the underlying cause of disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Computer simulations, imaging and other tools give researchers and medical experts new insight into the physical anatomy of the brain and its relationship to the rest of the mind and body.

Degree Highlights:

  • Work directly with outstanding faculty in a wide variety of disciplines in this program offered jointly by the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Department of Neurosciences in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences.
  • Great preparation for medical school! Experience in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences environment provides networking and mentorship opportunities to enhance your medical school application portfolio.
  • State-of-the-art facilities. UToledo is one of the best public, research universities in Ohio and the country. Work in labs with the latest technology and equipment and also have access to UToledo’s Health Science Campus, home to the University of Toledo Medical Center.
  • Experiential learning through hands-on undergraduate research, as early as your first year.
  • Learn integrative and analytical thinking skills through interdiscplinary research.

Graduates of the neuroscience bachelor's degree program will be prepared to compete successfully for employment in biomedical research, medical device development, biotechnology, scientific advocacy, public policy or scientific writing.

Graduates will also be highly competitive for pursuing graduate or professional school training in medicine, psychiatry, neuropharmacology, etc.

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

Detailed course requirements, which can be completed in four years, can be found in the UToledo Course Catalog. (Consult your degree audit for your program requirements.)
Last Updated: 8/3/23