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Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience (NEUSBS)Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.


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.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 30 credit hours*, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Introductory Psychology. One (1) course:
  2. Neuroscience. One (1) course:
  3. Foundations of Biology. One (1) course:
  4. Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Two (2) courses:
    • One of the following:
  5. Organic Chemistry. One (1) course:
  6. Organic Chemistry Laboratory. One (1) course:
  7. Physics.
    1. Physics I. One (1) course:
    2. Physics II. One (1) course:
  8. Mathematics. One (1) option from the Mathematics list.
    • Two course sequence:
  9. Statistics. One (1) course:
    • SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques
    • SPH-Q 381 Introduction to Biostatistics
  10. Basic Non-Neuroscience courses. Three (3) courses:
    • ANAT-A 215 Basic Human Anatomy
    • CSCI-A 321 Computing Tools for Scientific Research
    • PHSL-P 215 Basic Human Physiology
  11. Advanced Neuroscience courses. Four (4) courses:
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
  12. Laboratory. One (1) course from the Laboratory list.
    • (approved topic: "Lab in Cognitive Neuroscience")
    • With Department approval:
  13. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. 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.
    2. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. 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.
    5. Exceptions to major requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.


  • * All attempts in courses that could potentially meet Neuroscience major requirements are considered to be part of the Neuroscience major GPA. All such courses that meet the minimum grade of C- will count toward the minimum hours in the major, and when applicable, toward 300–499 level credit hours and/or the residency requirement.

Bachelor of Science requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 36 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required for all courses taken at Indiana University.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 2 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 2 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: Not required
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: Not required
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the first semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.