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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.

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.

Students who are majoring in biological sciences and are interested in mathematical approaches, or students who are majoring in the physical sciences and are interested in neuroscience can choose to obtain a Minor in Computational Neuroscience.


Program Requirements

 

Bachelor of arts

Bachelor of science

Honors program


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

Click Here to Download the 2021 NSCI Undergraduate Open House Recording


The following courses have been approved as neuroscience electives for the upcoming quarters:

NSCI 21510 - Fundamentals of Synapses - Spring 2022
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NSCI 21520 - A Deep Dive into the Cell and Molecular Biology of the Brain - Spring 2022
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NSCI 21530 - DYNAMIC CAMOUFLAGE: Behavior, Visual Perception and Neural Skin Patterning in Cephalopods - Spring 2022
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NSCI 21625 - Cognitive Neuroscience in Humans and Rodents - Spring 2022
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LING 27050. Linguistic Perspectives on Language Disorders – Spring 2022
This course is a related elective.
Visit the Linguistics Course Catalog for more detailed course information 

NSCI 2021 Open House Booklet

Get the new Undergraduate Major in Neuroscience booklet here!
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MBL

NSCI MBL Spring Quarter

The NSCI MBL Spring Quarter will allow a small group of students to participate in an immersive neuroscience quarter at the MBL. There are three NSCI specific courses, each of which will have a lecture and lab component. Each course will take advantage of the diversity of research experiences that can only be accessed at MBL. Each NSCI course will have a duration of 3 weeks. Together these three courses comprise a full quarter 3-course schedule.

The Fundamentals of Synapses course will examine the structure and function of the synapse, the means through which neurons communicate. Much of our fundamental understanding of the synapse arises from classic studies using marine and aquatic models. 

The Neurons and Glia course will provide in-depth analysis of the molecular and cell biology of the nervous system using advanced imaging and molecular biological approaches.

The Dynamic Camouflage: Behavior, Visual Perception and Neural Skin Patterning in Cephalopods course will take an integrative approach to the examination of the neurally controlled system of dynamic defense against visual predators.

Students may also register for a Visual Language course that can be used to fulfill the general education requirement in the Arts, and/or they may register for an MBL version of Physics III rather than one of the NSCI courses. 

Please visit the NSCI MBL Spring Quarter site for further details.

Click here to apply. As of November 1st, 2021, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please send inquires to neuromajor@uchicago.edu