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Neuroscience

Offered by: Neuroscience Program The B.S. in Neuroscience offers an interdisciplinary curriculum grounded in biology, psychology, physics, chemistry, computer science, and mathematical sciences, with the nervous system as a common focus.

Why choose this program?

Neuroscience at IUPUI is an interdisciplinary program of the School of Science that offers students the opportunity to pursue baccalaureate degree training in cellular/molecular, computational, or behavioral neuroscience. No other program provides the cross-disciplinary research and learning environment that IUPUI offers our students.

As early as their freshman year, our undergraduates are able to participate in research with renowned faculty. Students are at a unique advantage to have an impact in this field because of our strong partnerships with the School of Medicine, as well with organizations in central Indiana that are aligned with the life and health sciences, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries.

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What will you learn?

Neuroscience is a rapidly advancing field that addresses the structure and function of the nervous system, with particular focus on intersection between the brain and behavior. Neuroscientists routinely draw on the fields of psychology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and computer science in their work, and that's one reason neuroscience is such an interesting and challenging field of study.

The B.S. in Neuroscience offers an interdisciplinary curriculum grounded in biology, psychology, physics, chemistry, computer science, and mathematical sciences, with the nervous system as a common focus. Students may pursue concentrations in behavioral, cellular/molecular, or computational neuroscience, culminating in a capstone research experience.

What will you do?

The field of neuroscience has been described in Science Careers as an ‘explosive field’ that has emerged over the last three decades. There is a high demand for trained professionals with knowledge and skills related to neuroscience.

A BS in neuroscience is an excellent foundation for the pursuit of graduate and professional degrees that culminate in careers in science and medicine. The neuroscience program prepares students for advanced study in schools of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, law or public health as well as in physical therapy, physician assistant or exercise physiology programs. The program provides excellent training for pre-med students, particularly if they desire to combine clinical practice with basic research. Majoring in integrative neuroscience also provides a good background for master's or PhD programs in a variety of disciplines such as neuroscience, anatomy, physiology and pharmacology, among others.

Students with baccalaureate degrees can successfully compete for neuroscience-related jobs in the private and public sectors. Bachelor’s degree students will be well prepared for positions as research technicians in universities, hospitals, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, medical centers, and government agencies, as well as private research foundations, government laboratories, and regulatory agencies.

Degree requirements

Details of all undergraduate degree requirements can be found in the IUPUI bulletin.

The degree requires 120 credits and includes coursework in the biological, behavioral, chemical, and physical sciences. Core courses in neuroscience are supplemented by specialized electives in biology, psychology, computer science, and mathematical science. General education courses and 29 credits of elective credits round out the major.

 

Course Requirements

Research

An exciting feature of the program, students are encouraged to participate in independent research and internship experiences on the IUPUI campus in the School of Science or School of Medicine or through companies in central Indiana that are aligned with the life and health sciences, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. 

All neuroscience students must complete a Senior Capstone research project. The capstone is an independent, creative effort of the student that is integrative and builds on the student's previous work in the major (research, independent study/project, practicum, seminar, or field experience).

Student explores science on the brain

Cody Welch Neuroscience, Undergraduate