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.

For more information visit the College Course Catalog.

Summer NSCI Research Meetings

Summer NSCI Research Meetings for students on campus. This meeting (Wednesdays, 5 pm, P403, snacks will be served) which is required for all Metcalf interns and Honors students is open to interested NSCI majors who are on campus this summer, space permitting.

Summer Research In Paris

These are paid internships which support 10 weeks of independent research in Paris at the elite College de France, read more

Study Abroad in Paris

Study neuroscience at University of Chicago’s Center in Paris during the fall quarter. Neuroscience majors are encouraged to apply, read more

Neuroscience Research Metcalf Internship

Neuroscience Research Metcalf Internships provide opportunities for students to conduct independent research during the summer. Applications for the Neuroscience Research Internship are due during the spring quarter.

Neuroscience Lunches and Teas

Come learn about exciting research on campus. Faculty members with diverse interests will talk informally about their work. Check back closer to the fall quarter for upcoming lunch and tea dates.

Click here for more information about the NSCI lunches
This will not be a lecture with slides. Instead, this is an opportunity to have a conversation about the big questions that keep these scientists up at night, their thoughts about science, and a life informed by science. If you are interested in getting into research, this is an excellent way to narrow down the type of approaches and topics that are particularly appealing. Space is limited.

Registration ends at 4 pm on the day before the lunch but space is limited. So sign up now by clicking on the lunch or lunches that you are interested in and filling out the corresponding form to choose your lunch. Note that no-shows will not be able to attend future lunches. Please email Neuromajor@uchicago.edu if you will not be able to attend.

Au Bon Pain Menu

Click here for more information about Tea with the NSCI director
Questions about classes? Summer internships?
Meet with the NSCI Major director to discuss opportunities available within the major. Sign up and come with all your questions.

Journal clubs

For those of you who just can’t get enough neuroscience, consider joining a journal club. Two new journal clubs oriented specifically for undergraduate Neuroscience majors are starting up and two established journal clubs are open to more undergraduate members. Below is the information. Please email the contacts directly if you want to join.

Neurophilosophy, Friday 2-3pm (Green 117)
Contact: Clifford Workman (cliffworkman@uchicago.edu)

Neuroimmunology, Friday 12-1 (KCBD 9260)
Contact: Kishan Sangani (ksangani@uchicago.edu); Elaine Kouame (ekouame@uchicago.edu)

Computational approaches to cognitive neuroscience, Thursday 5-6 (SBRI J-400C/ Green room)
Contact: Barbara Peysakhovich (bpeysakhovich@uchicago.edu); Krithika Mohan (krmohan@uchicago.edu)

Biopsychology (centered in Kay, London, Prendergast laboratories), M 4-5 (BPSB#123)
Contact: Joe Gogola (gogola@uchicago.edu)

The Think Tank

TTT is a mobile neuroscience lab, powered by UChicago to accelerate diversity in STEM. Using a multifaceted strategy, TTT engages not only students but also their teachers and families to accomplish their mission of creating a scientific community that reflects the diversity found on our city’s streets.

To find out more about this program and how to get involved click here for more information.

The NEURO Club

The Neuroscience Education, Undergraduate Research & Outreach (NEURO) Club is a Registered Student Organization (RSO) at the University of Chicago centered around those interested in the field of Neuroscience and educating the on-campus and surrounding community about Neuroscience.

To find out more about this club and how to get involved click here for more information.