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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.

Program of Study

Program Requirements


Bachelor of arts

Bachelor of science

Honors program

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

Lunch with a Neuroscientist

Come learn about exciting research on campus!

Meet faculty members with diverse interests and get a chance to speak with them about their work. This is an opportunity to have a conversation about the big questions that keep these neuroscientists up at night. If you are interested in getting into neuroscience research, this is an excellent way to narrow down the type of approaches and topics that are particularly appealing.

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January 23rd: Sliman Bensmaia - The main objective of the lab is to discover how sensory information is encoded in the activity of neurons along the somatosensory neuraxis, spanning the senses of touch and proprioception. To this end, we record neuronal responses, measure the elicited percepts, and develop mathematical models to link the neuronal representations to behavior. We then leverage our basic scientific insights to develop approaches to convey somatosensory feedback through neuronal microstimulation for use in upper-limb neuroprostheses

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NSCI Undergrad Booklet



Get the new Undergraduate Major in Neuroscience booklet here!