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Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience

Students on Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 requirements NEUSBS

The Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience is designed for students who have an interest in the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience and who are interested in pursuing graduate training in neuroscience, attending medical school, or obtaining a research-related position in biotechnology, the life sciences, or the pharmaceutical industry. The major provides interdisciplinary training in basic scientific principles in the life and physical sciences that are necessary for an understanding of nervous system function, as well as training in the fundamental principles of neuroscience, and opportunities for more advanced training in specific topics in the field. Thus, students will gain a depth of understanding in neuroscience, from the cellular and molecular bases of nervous system function, to a systems-level approach to the study of brain-behavior relationships.


The major requires at least 32 credit hours (60- 68 with Addenda requirements), including the requirements listed below.
  1. Introductory Psychology. One (1) course:
    • PSY-P 101 Introductory Psychology I
    • PSY-P 155 Introduction to Psychological and Brain Sciences
  2. Foundations of Biology. One (1) course:
    • BIOL-E 112 Basic Biology by Examination II
    • BIOL-H 111 Integrated Freshman Learning Experience I
    • BIOL-L 112 Foundations of Biology: Biological Mechanisms
  3. Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
    1. Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry Lecture. One (1) course:
      • CHEM-C 105 Principles of Chemistry I
      • CHEM-C 117 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I
      • CHEM-H 117 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I, Honors
      • CHEM-J 117 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry for Science Majors
    2. Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry Lab. One (1) course:
      • CHEM-C 125 Experimental Chemistry I
      • CHEM-C 127 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I Laboratory
      • CHEM-H 127 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I Laboratory, Honors
      • CHEM-X 150 ASURE Chemistry Research Lab I
  4. Statistics. One (1) course:
    • PSY-K 300 Statistical Techniques
    • PSY-K 310 Statistical Techniques
    • ANTH-A 306 Anthropological Statistics
    • CJUS-K 300 Techniques of Data Analysis
    • ECON-E 370 Statistical Analysis for Business and Economics
    • ECON-S 370 Statistical Analysis for Business and Economics: Honors
    • LAMP-L 316 Junior Seminar: Analytical Problem Solving
    • MATH-M 365 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
    • POLS-Y 395 Quantitative Political Analysis
    • SOC-S 371 Statistics in Sociology
    • STAT-K 310 Statistical Techniques
    • STAT-S 300 Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods
    • STAT-S 301 Applied Statistical Methods for Business
    • STAT-S 303 Applied Statistical Methods for the Life Sciences
  5. Neuroscience. One (1) course:
    • PSY-P 326 Behavioral Neuroscience
    • PSY-P 346 Neuroscience
  6. Advanced Neuroscience Courses. Four (4) courses:
    • PSY-P 337 Clinical Neuroscience
    • PSY-P 349 Cognitive Neuroscience
    • PSY-P 351 Psychobiology, Self, and Society
    • PSY-P 386 Social Neuroscience
    • PSY-P 406 Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
    • PSY-P 407 Drugs and the Nervous System
    • PSY-P 409 Neural Bases of Sensory Function
    • PSY-P 410 Development of the Brain and Behavior
    • PSY-P 411 Neural Bases of Learning and Memory
    • PSY-P 423 Human Neuropsychology
    • PSY-P 437 Neurobiology of Addictions
    • PSY-P 441 Neuropsychology of Language
    • PSY-P 444 Scientific Writing in the Psychological and Brain Sciences
    • PSY-P 453 Decision-making and the Brain
    • PSY-P 456 Reproductive Neuroscience
    • PSY-P 457 Topics in Psychology (approved topics: "Art and the Brain"; "Cannabinoid Neurobiology"; "Cannabis in Society and Science"; "Development & Maintenance of Brain Circuits"; "Molecular, Cellular, & Circuit Mechanisms of Addiction"; "Network Science in Cognitive and Psychological Science"; "Neural Language of Music Perception"; "Neurobiology of Cognition"; "Neurobiology and Recovery in Serious Mental Illness"; "Neurobiology of Neurodegenerative Diseases"; "Neuropsychopharmacology"; "Neuroscience Literacy"; "Neuroscience of Human Movement"; "Neuroscience of Psychedelics"; "Psychology and Neuroscience of Autism"; "Structure & Function of Cerebral Cortex"; "The Connected Brain"; "The History of the Brain"; "The Social Brain")
    • PSY-P 466 Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology
    • PSY-P 467 Diseases of the Nervous System
    • PSY-P 469 Stress Effects on Brain and Behavior
    • PSY-P 470 Molecular Methods in Neuroscience Research
    • PSY-Y 488 The Science Behind Brain Development and Function
    • BIOL-L 423 Brain, Behavior and Evolution
    • BIOL-Z 462 Genetics of Behavior
    • BIOL-Z 463 Comparative Neurobiology of Animal Behavior
    • COGS-Q 301 Brain and Cognition
    • PHYS-P 317 Signals and Information Processing in Living Systems
  7. Laboratory. One (1) course:
    • PSY-P 426 Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience
    • PSY-P 433 Laboratory in Neuroimaging Methods
    • PSY-P 457 Topics in Psychology (approved topics: "Lab in Cognitive Neuroscience"; "Research and Application of Sleep and Circadian Science")
    • PSY-P 472 Laboratory in Brain Electrical Activity
    • PSY-P 473 Laboratory in Molecular Neuroscience
    • With Department approval:
      • PSY-P 499 Honors Thesis Research
      • PSY-X 498 Capstone Supervised Research
      • BIOL-X 490 Individual Study
      • CHEM-X 499 Chemical Research Capstone
      • PHYS-X 498 Research Project
      • SLHS-X 490 Readings in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
  8. Addenda Requirements*.
    1. Chemistry.
      1. Organic Chemistry I lectures. One (1) course:
        • CHEM-C 341 Organic Chemistry I Lectures
        • CHEM-R 340 Survey of Organic Chemistry
        • CHEM-S 341 Organic Chemistry I Lectures, Honors
      2. Organic Chemistry I Laboratory. One (1) course:
        • CHEM-C 343 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
        • CHEM-J 343 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I for Majors
        • CHEM-X 325 ASURE Chemistry Research Lab II
    2. Physics.
      1. Physics I. One (1) course:
        • PHYS-P 201 General Physics I
        • PHYS-P 221 Physics I
        • PHYS-H 221 Honors Physics I
      2. Physics II. One (1) course:
        • PHYS-P 202 General Physics II
        • PHYS-P 222 Physics II
        • PHYS-H 222 Honors Physics II
    3. Mathematics. One (1) of the following options:
      • MATH-M 211 Calculus I
      • Two course sequence:
        • MATH-M 119 Brief Survey of Calculus I
        • MATH-V 119 Applied Brief Calculus I
        • MATH-M 120 Brief Survey of Calculus II
    4. Basic Non-Neuroscience Courses. Three (3) courses:
      • BIOL-L 211 Molecular Biology
      • BIOL-L 311 Genetics
      • BIOL-L 312 Cell Biology
      • BIOL-S 211 Molecular Biology, Honors
      • CHEM-C 118 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry II
      • CHEM-C 342 Organic Chemistry II Lectures
      • CHEM-C 383 Human Biochemistry
      • CHEM-C 483 Biological Chemistry
      • CHEM-C 484 Biomolecules and Catabolism
      • CHEM-N 331 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
      • CHEM-S 342 Organic Chemistry II Lectures, Honors
      • MATH-M 212 Calculus II
      • MATH-M 213
      • MATH-M 301 Linear Algebra and Applications
      • MATH-M 303 Linear Algebra for Undergraduates
      • MATH-S 212 Honors Calculus II
  9. Major GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Major Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    3. Major Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.

Major Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course at the 100-499 level with the PSY subject area prefix--as well as any other subject areas that are deemed functionally equivalent
  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken--as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent--except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

    This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

    • Certificate in Neuroscience (NEURSCACRT)

    Exceptions to and substitutions for major requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.