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Neuroscience is the multidisciplinary study of nervous systems.

The sheer scope of neuroscience necessitates numerous scientific approaches to achieve understanding of sensation, perception, cognition and behavior. Consequently, students in the major are provided with access to a wealth of scientific variety including biology, psychology, physics, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, statistics and medicine. Neuroscience faculty at the University of Chicago have expertise in all of these areas and are distributed across the Biological Sciences, Social Sciences, and Physical Sciences Divisions.

The course of study in the undergraduate major in neuroscience provides students with the background and skills appropriate to pursue a diverse set of careers. These include established neuroscience career paths in academia, medicine and the pharmaceutical industry as well as new emerging careers in economics, machine learning and analytics, to name but a few.

4th Year Neuroscience
B.S Undergraduates


You are required to attend one informational session with Dr. Hatsopoulos and Dr. MacLean. If you are unable to attend please let us know ahead of time.  

Register in advance for this meeting:

Time:  Dec 2, 2020 at 4:00 PM


Program Requirements


Bachelor of arts

Bachelor of science

Honors program

Visit the College Course Catalog for more detailed information on all programs.

Program of Study

Neuroscience is concerned with the function of nervous systems. The BA, BS, and BS Honors degrees in neuroscience provide a broad foundation in understanding neural function from the perspective of molecules, cells, circuits, systems, organisms and species.

The Neuroscience department splits the major between the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, with an Honors program available to BS students. The BA degree offers thorough study in the field of neuroscience and provides flexibility in elective choices. The BS degree offers a more intensive program of study that includes individual research. 

Students who wish to incorporate neuroscientific literacy into their degree but have primary interest in other fields can choose to obtain a Minor in Neuroscience.

Program of Study

virtual Lunch with a Neuroscientist

Come learn about exciting neuroscience research!

Sit down with a faculty member during a virtual lunch and get a chance to speak with them about their work. This is a great opportunity to have a conversation about all those big questions that keep you and other neuroscientists up at night. This can also be an excellent way to narrow down the topics that are appealing to you if you're interested in getting into neuroscience research.

Christian Hansel, PhD
November 18th, 12:30pm

Christian Hansel, PhD - Department of Neurobiology

The main goal of Hansel's lab is to study the mechanisms underlying the formation of memories. They focus on the cerebellum, which is a brain area involved in motor coordination and learning, and which also plays a role in cognitive functions. Using patch-clamp recordings from cerebellar slice preparations, they examine activity-dependent changes in synaptic strength (synaptic plasticity) as well as changes in membrane excitability (intrinsic plasticity) that may form a cellular basis for information storage and learning.

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NSCI Undergrad Booklet



Get the new Undergraduate Major in Neuroscience booklet here!