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.
A number of departments throughout Temple 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 courses are open to students with any major at Temple University.
What courses will you need to fulfill as a CLA Neuroscience Major? Follow these Neuroscience Major Course Guidelines
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.
For an in-depth look into the CLA Neuroscience course content, take a look at the Neuroscience Course Descriptions
What can I do with a Major in Neuroscience?
The undergraduate, interdisciplinary Neuroscience Major culminates in a Bachelor of Science (BS)degree in Neuroscience: Systems, Behavior and Plasticity. 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.
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Independent Study in Neuroscience
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.
Graduating with Distinction in Neuroscience
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.