Neuroscience
 

Neuroscience

Neuroscience Center
Chairs
Department Information: 
S192 ESC
801-422-1218
neuroscience@byu.edu
Advisement Center: 
1041 JFSB
801-422-3541
liberalarts@byu.edu
Programs

The neuroscience undergraduate program is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to seek advisement at the College of Family, Home, and Social Science Advisement Center or the College of Life Sciences Student Services Office.

Admission to Degree Program

The degree program in the Neuroscience Center is an open enrollment program.

The Discipline

Neuroscience is the field of study that encompasses the development, structure, and function of the central nervous system and its connection to influencing/regulating behavior. The study of neuroscience examines topics such as neuroanatomy, physiology of nervous system cells and circuits, molecular neuroscience, biochemistry, genetics, neuropharmacology, neuroimaging, systems and behavioral neuroscience, developmental neuroscience, social neuroscience, cognition, bioengineering, computational neuroscience, and neural dysfunction and disease. The interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience requires the tools provided by experience and training in biology, genetics, physiology, molecular biology, chemistry (general, organic, and biochemistry), physics, engineering, psychology (hormones and behavior, memory, cognition, sensation, and perception), statistics, calculus, and research design and analysis.

Career Opportunities

A major in neuroscience prepares students to pursue advanced degrees in neuroscience or biological and non-biological fields related to neuroscience or to enter into the pharmaceutical and biotechnology workforce. Neuroscience provides outstanding preparation for students seeking admittance into professional programs in medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, chiropractic, or pharmacy or preprofessional field of study for those interested in health professions, law, or business. Graduates of the program also have the academic skills for careers in business, consulting, global health, government and policy, non-profit programs, research and writing and publishing.

Graduation Requirements

To receive a BYU bachelor's degree a student must complete, in addition to all requirements for a specific major, the following university requirements:

  • The University Core, consisting of requirements in general and religious education. (For a complete listing of courses that meet university core requirements, see here.)
  • At least 30 credit hours must be earned in residence on the BYU campus in Provo as an admitted day student
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • Be in good standing with the Honor Code Office

Students should see their college advisement center for help or information concerning the undergraduate programs.

Graduate Programs Available

This department also offers graduate degree programs. For more information, see Graduate Studies.