Undergraduate Program

Neuroscience Major

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.


The Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience:  Systems, Behavior and Plasticity includes 52-54 required credits:

Major Requirements:

Required Courses
BIOL 1012 General Biology II 4
CHEM 1031
CHEM 1033
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 1032
CHEM 1034
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
PSY 1001 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 1003 Statistics for Psychology 3
NSCI 1051 Fundamentals of Neuroscience 3
NSCI 2001 Functional Neuroanatomy 3
NSCI 2121 Development/Plasticity/Repair 3
NSCI 2122 Cellular Neuroscience 3
NSCI 2222 The Neurobiology of Disease 3
NSCI 3087 Techniques in Neuroscience 3
NSCI 3096 Conducting Neuroscience Research 3
NSCI 4197 Capstone in Neuroscience 4
Foundations Courses:
Select one of the following: 3
PSY 2501 Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience
PSY 2502 Foundations of Cognitive Neuroscience
Select two of the following: 6-8
CSCD 3235 Human Neuroscience
CSCD 3382 Independent Study in Communication Sciences
PHIL 2144 Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind
NSCI 3000 Current Topics in Neuroscience
NSCI 4182 Independent Study in Neuroscience 1
NSCI 4282 Independent Study in Neuroscience 2
NSCI 4191 Collaborative Research I
NSCI 4291 Collaborative Research II
PSY 2102 Foundations of Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology
PSY 3306 Neuroscience of Development and Aging
PSY 3561 Psychopharmacology
PSY 3566 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
PSY 4182 Independent Study in Cognitive Neuroscience I
PSY 4282 Independent Study in Cognitive Neuroscience II
BIOL 3082 Independent Research II
BIOL 3096 Cell Structure and Function
BIOL 3352 Systems Neuroscience
BIOL 3354 Neural Basis of Animal Behavior
BIOL 3356 Organization and Development of the Nervous System
CHEM 3881 Cooperative Research
CHEM 4107 Drug Analysis
PHYS 3301 Electricity and Magnetism
Total Credit Hours 52-54

Neuroscience Minor

The Minor in Neuroscience Research expands opportunities for Temple students to get research experience and to become more competitive in their applications to graduate and professional schools. The required courses in the Neuroscience Research Minor focus on basic neuroscience, cellular and molecular neuroscience, and neuroscientific techniques. Because of some overlap in coursework, the students must choose to minor in either the Neuroscience Research or the Cognitive Neuroscience minor.

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 neuroscience 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

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.


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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