The Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience Interdisciplinary (Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology) Program (NSCI) is an undergraduate degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). Neuroscience is a dynamic, rapidly growing interdisciplinary field that aims to understand the carefully orchestrated nervous system, its structure, function, and role in behavior and neurological diseases.
This interdisciplinary program provides integrated and diverse education, impossible to achieve within any single discipline. The core curricular structure proceeds requirements and foundational courses in biology, chemistry, and psychology, so students have sufficient background in the sciences to engage meaningfully in the most advanced concepts in neuroscience. In addition, this program employs state-of-the-art, hands-on laboratory classes that are the centerpiece of the program. NSCI labs infuse cutting-edge research methods and techniques directly into the curriculum.
The program aims to provide students with a solid background and preparation for: graduate programs in cell biology, molecular biology, or behavioral bioscience fields, professional programs (medical school, dental school); opportunities in academic or government institutes (e.g., CDC) to study laboratory-based neuroscience or field-based studies to examine animal behavior and disease transmission; employment in biotechnology companies developing therapeutics for neurodegenerative disorders; jobs in pharmacotherapy, sales for biomedical companies, and technical writing/journalism, conveying complex scientific findings in simple terms; and translating research findings for science education or regulatory/governmental agencies.
Are you Interested in Pre-Medicine or a related field? Please seek out a faculty advisor regarding additional requirements. For example, students should consider taking two semesters of Physics, PHY 221 and PHY 222 , given that this content is on the MCAT. In addition, students should take CHEM 123 /124 and CHEM 371 /372 /373 . Finally, students interested in this path should consider taking the CHEM 123/124 elective in the summer between their first and second years.
This is a STEM-designated program (see OPT Extension).