A major in Neuroscience enables students to pursue a curriculum in several departments, colleges, and schools at Temple University in one of the most dynamic areas of science. Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field addressing neural and brain function at multiple levels. It encompasses a broad domain that ranges from molecular genetics and neural development, to brain processes involved in cognition and emotion, to mechanisms and consequences of neurodegenerative disease. The field of neuroscience also includes mathematical and physical principles involved in modeling neural systems and in brain imaging.
At Temple University, research and teaching in neuroscience are already in place, with over 130 Temple neuroscience faculty members identified. A number of departments throughout the university include research and teaching in neuroscience, including departments in the Colleges of Engineering (CE), Health Professions (CHP), Liberal Arts (CLA), Science and Technology (CST), and the School of Medicine (TUSM). Neuroscience is relevant to additional colleges and schools serving undergraduates at Temple such as the College of Education and School of Pharmacy. Neuroscience courses are open to students with any major at Temple University.
The undergraduate, interdisciplinary Neuroscience Major culminates in a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Neuroscience: Systems, Behavior and Plasticity. This is an open major. Any undergraduate student enrolled at Temple University can declare a Neuroscience Major. This major is appropriate for students aiming for professional careers in the health sciences. Students interested in graduate school in biology, chemistry, neuroscience, or psychology are also likely to find this program attractive.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience: Systems, Behavior and Plasticity includes 53 required credits: 22 credits of neuroscience foundation courses and 6 credits of elective courses from a variety of participating departments. And, 25 credits of co-requisite courses in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology.
Students majoring in Neuroscience are strongly encouraged to participate in research by taking courses in Independent Study as part of their elective credits for the major. Independent study opportunities will be offered in many of the laboratories of the more than 130 neuroscientist faculty members in the various participating colleges and schools. The Student Services Coordinator and Program Director will work with students to identify these independent study opportunities.
Distinction in Major- Majors in Neuroscience: Systems, Behavior, Plasticity have the opportunity to be awarded departmental distinction upon graduation. Graduation with Distinction can be achieved by maintaining a Grade Point Average 3.0 of better in all Neuroscience (NSI) Courses, completing two semesters of Independent Study in Neuroscience (NSI 4182 & 4282) with an A- or better, and successfully completing a neuroscience research project based on the independent study work and described in a research paper and poster presented to Neuroscience Program faculty and students. Students MUST complete an Application for Distinction. Guidelines for the paper and poster can be found by clicking here: Distinction Guidelines.