University General Course Catalog 2020-2021 
    Apr 21, 2024  

Neuroscience, B.S.

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. The program offers comprehensive training in brain sciences, with Psychology courses that offer a cognitive/systems perspective, and Biology courses ranging from animal behavior to neurons and molecular mechanisms. The degree is targeted for students who plan to continue with graduate studies and is designed to provide them a rigorous foundation competitive for graduate and medical school. Dual degrees are not allowed in NSC and BIOL, or NSC and MMI either concurrently or subsequently. Dual degrees are allowed with PSY, but PSY credits (with the exception of PSY 101) cannot be used for both degrees.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • demonstrate mastery of core concepts and principles in Neuroscience as well as developing expertise in sub-disciplines within the field.
  • display effective written, oral, and quantitative skills.
  • demonstrate research and applied skills.

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Print degree planner icon at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements

  • Total Units | 120
  • Cumulative GPA | 2.0
  • University GPA | 2.0
  • Major GPA | 2.0
  • Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
  • Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 42 Upper-Division Units
  • Half Program Units/4 Year Institution | 60 Units

I. Core General Education Requirements (27-33 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding  the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Quantitative Reasoning (4-7 units) - CO2

D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses .

F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

II. Additional Core Requirements (9 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV). Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society Course - CO9

The following courses count in the General Education Requirement:

B. Diversity & Equity Course - CO10

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO10 courses .

C. Global Context Course - CO11

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO11 courses .

D. Ethics Course - CO12

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis Course - CO13

F. Application Course - CO14

The following courses count in the Major Requirement:

III. Additional Requirements (0 units)

IV. Major Requirements (61-64 units)

NOTE: CHEM 121A / CHEM 121L or CHEM 201 is prerequisite for BIOL 190; some professional schools require a year of organic chemistry (CHEM 341 , CHEM 342 , CHEM 345 , totaling 8 units).

D. Cluster courses (Major electives) (18 units)

Choose six courses from the following two lists.

V. Minor Requirements (0 units)

VI. Electives (14-26 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

A. First Year

B. Second Year

C. Third Year

Fall Semester (16 units)

Spring Semester (15-16 units)

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (12-16 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)