Neuroscience is the multidisciplinary study of brain function. It examines the complex interactions of multiple neuronal systems that underlie the emergence and rich diversity of cognitive function and the regulation and expression of all forms of behavior, in humans and all other species
The neuroscience program in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences enables students to focus on the brain from systems-, cellular-, and molecular-level perspectives. The program is excellent preparation for admission to graduate, medical or dental school or for careers in related biomedical research, industry and allied health science fields. Since research critically underlies our knowledge base for each of these career paths, undergraduate students are challenged to become involved in ongoing neuroscience research at UT Dallas, side-by-side with graduate students, post-doctoral scientists and faculty researchers. Required courses and guided electives can include the approved pre-medical or pre-dental curriculum and offer a respected and viable alternative to other traditional preparatory science majors.
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The BS in neuroscience requires 120 credit hours. The minor requires 18 credit hours.
The UT Dallas undergraduate catalog provides an overview of the neuroscience program, details the areas of specialization, lists the major and minor requirements, and explains the fast-track program, which enables undergraduate students to take up to 12 hours of graduate courses that count toward both UT Dallas bachelor and graduate degrees. To compile all your academic, campus and extracurricular interests into a presentation you can print out, follow the steps to Create Your Own Guide to UT Dallas.
The formal neuroscience degree plan will help you schedule your course of study:
The University’s course look-up site will help you find specific classes and times to fit your degree plan and schedule. The CourseBook site links to syllabi, class evaluations, and textbooks for all of UT Dallas courses. The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences' projected schedule of core classes will help you in your planning.
Visit with a School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences academic advisor to create a degree plan. Freshmen must visit with an advisor before registering. All other students should consult an advisor before registering each semester.
To learn more about the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences’ Advising and Mentoring System, visit our advising website.
“UT Dallas has given me and so many other students so many opportunities to pursue our dreams and goals. The professors are very supportive, and they teach us skills that are very applicable in the real world. They have been great mentors, enabling and encouraging me to come up with new ideas and see where they lead.”
- Ryan Cheung, Neuroscience Student
The neuroscience program is designed to prepare students for admission to graduate, medical or dental school, or for careers in related biomedical research, industry and allied health science fields. Students who wish to continue their education in the fields of medicine, dentistry or allied professional areas are advised to register with the Health Professions Advising Center.
Students are encouraged to design a personalized degree plan of guided electives with their advisor that combines courses from the neurosciences and related disciplines of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, computer science, psychology and speech pathology and audiology in a way that will suit their individual interests and career goals. Students are also strongly encouraged to gain research experience as part of their undergraduate training in neuroscience.
Research experience is an important component in many students' future plans, and critical for those contemplating graduate, medical or dental school training. Individual investigators periodically accept students to work for research credit in their laboratories. The requirements are typically nine or more hours of previous neuroscience courses, a commitment to 10 hours per week for two or more semesters of lab work, and convergence of research interests with the lab selected.
Undergraduate juniors and seniors with a GPA of 2.5 or higher are eligible to enroll in an internship class. This class enables students to receive credit for one of four types of internship opportunities, each of which involves roughly eight hours of practicum work per week.
Read more about Behavioral and Brain Sciences internships.
Incoming freshman with high standardized test scores and a high school GPA of 3.6 or higher should consider applying to Collegium V, a University-wide honors program.
Majors in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences who have completed at least 15 credit hours with a GPA of 3.4 or higher may apply to earn BBS School Honors.
Students intending to pursue doctoral-level graduate training in psychology, education, medicine, or related fields should consider applying to the Dean’s Scholars Program.
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