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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 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

Lunch with a Neuroscientist

Come learn about exciting research on campus!

Sit down with a faculty member during a complimentary lunch in the Grossman Neuroscience Institute 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.

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Xiaoxi

      April 30th: 12:00pm, SBRI J-400C

Xiaoxi Zhuang
We have one common theme in the Behavioral Genetics Lab - to understand and predict fundamental behavioral processes using simple and well-defined mechanisms at the level of information processing in specific pathways, circuit functions, cellular properties, synaptic plasticity or molecular events. Disease models are often used to give a unique angle, an abnormal state, to help understand normal mechanisms at molecular, cellular, circuits and systems levels. In return, these studies often open new opportunities for the understanding and treatment of those diseases. Our lab is especially interested in the basal ganglia function and disease. Our approaches include mouse genetics, fly genetics, optogenetics, animal learning paradigms, pharmacology, electrophysiology, biochemistry and RNA-seq.

NSCI Undergrad Booklet

 

 

Get the new Undergraduate Major in Neuroscience booklet here!