Undergraduate Major in Neuroscience


At the University of Chicago, there are several ways undergraduate students can incorporate coursework which spans the breadth of neuroscience, reflecting the interests of a large and diverse faculty in such research areas as neurodevelopment, synaptic physiology, cortical circuits, sensation, perception, motor function, reward and addiction, cognitive neuroscience, computational neuroscience, neural networks, machine learning, and the neurobiology of disease neuroscience into their academic experiences and careers. The new undergraduate neuroscience major offers a BA or BS in Neuroscience. Students may choose electives for breadth or focus on areas such as molecular or computational neuroscience. The Honors program involves a thesis based on significant experimental research.

Students are required to discuss curriculum goals and obtain approval for Neuroscience electives with the Neuroscience Major Director.  Students should fill out an approval form to be signed by the director before registration.

For more information visit the College Course Catalog.

Let’s talk Neuro-Law! Please join Peggy Mason and Francis Chen, McKnight Land-Grant Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota for an open discussion about the intersection between neuroscience and law. Professor Chen is the Executive Director of Education & Outreach for the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law & Neuroscience. Possible topics include: 1) Implications of brain developmen in adoescents on culpability and punishment; 2) assessing the mental state of defendants; 3) use of fMRI to assess mental state or intention (police can take fingerprints and DNA samples; defendants can take a lie detector test; should either party be allowed to ask for a fMRI?).

Monday, May 1, 2017, 1:30-3:00 in the Grossman Institute, P-403.
Coffee and tea will be served.

Neuroscience in Paris (Autumn Quarter, 2017).

This exciting and fun Study Abroad program is primarily intended for Neuroscience and Psychology Majors but is open to students in all majors. In one quarter, students will have the opportunity to learn Sensation & Perception, Neuroanatomy, and Brain Evolution. All three courses will count toward the Neuroscience major, and the Psychology course may be used in the Psychology major. Classroom work will be complemented by in-class laboratory dissections and local field trips to related sites, such as the Jardin des Plantes, the Musée Dupuytren, and the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle. In addition to the Neuroscience and Psychology courses, all participants will take a “practical” French language course running at a normal pace through the ten weeks.

The application deadline has been extended to April 21, 2017. Apply now.

Metcalf Internships for Neuroscience Research (Summer 2017). Neuroscience research can be truly thrilling but it is not the path for everyone. This program is designed for both those who already know they enjoy the joys and trials of research and those who have never tried it and are curious.

Applications will be through Handshake. The application deadline is April 28, 2017.

Neuroscience Honors (Summer 2017 and academic year 2017-18). The honors program is centered around a piece of extended research conducted under the direction of a member of the neuroscience faculty. The Honors program starts with a full time paid research position during the summer between 3rd and 4th years.

Contact the Honors director for more information. The application deadline is April 28, 2017.