About the major

Official Requirements  Typical Four-Year Plan  List of Approved Advanced Neuroscience Electives

The School of MCB’s neuroscience curriculum combines the study of molecular and cellular biology with neuroscience, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, and neuro-pathology. Students will gain an understanding of brain function at multiple levels, from behavior and information processing to systems and integrative physiology. We use model organisms like fruit flies, fish, and mice, and we will explore cells at all levels, from the dish to cells functioning in animals.

Our faculty have been recognized across campus for their research excellence as well as for their innovative approaches to teaching. They have designed a number of new courses, such as Neurobiology of the Senses, Neurobiology of Mental Illness, Neuro and Molecular Pharmacology, and Cell & Membrane Physiology. We have also created advanced lab courses, including a neuroanatomy lab. Foundational courses cover molecular and cellular biology, genetics, behavioral and cognitive psychology, physics, chemistry, and math.

Neuroscience majors also have many opportunities to learn outside of the classroom.

  • Conduct neuroscience research in a lab led by a School of MCB faculty member. Faculty direct bold and creative research programs in a diverse range of topics and with a variety of model organisms.
  • Study abroad while earning credit in advanced courses in your major. Research and physician shadowing opportunities are also possible abroad.
  • Gain valuable advice and build relationships with alumni and peers through the School of MCB mentoring programs.
  • Develop leadership and professional development skills by joining one of the many student organizations of interest to neuroscience majors.
  • Pursue an internship at a pharmaceutical firm, community medical clinic, or related opportunity.

A bright future

Whatever your dream—pursuing a career in industry or advancing to graduate school or professional school—you will be well-prepared. Neuroscience majors can pursue a number of careers, and a variety of options are available by education level.

Bachelor’s-level careers:

  • Clinical Research Assistant
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Health Educator
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Pharmaceutical Sales and Management
  • Medical and Healthcare Manage
  • Science Writer
  • Science Advocacy
  • Work with a Nonprofit Organization
  • Work in Public Policy/Government
  • Regulatory Affairs Specialist
  • Special Education Assistant

Bachelor’s-level careers with some additional training/certification:

  • Psychometrist
  • EEG Technologist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Medical Technician
  • Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician

For those who want to continue their education at the master’s degree level:

  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Epidemiology
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Neuroimaging Technician
  • Biostatistician
  • Orthotist/Prosthetist
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Neural Engineer
  • Public Health Officer

For those who want to continue their education at the doctoral level:

  • Medical Doctor (MD/DO)
  • Professor (PhD)
  • Pharmacist (PharmD)
  • Dentist (DDS/DMD)
  • Veterinarian (DVM)
  • Lawyer (JD)
  • Food Scientist
  • Research Scientist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Audiologist
  • Optometrist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Chiropractor