Neuroscience is the multidisciplinary study of brain function that draws on recent advances in computer science, biology, chemistry, physics, and cognitive science. It examines the brain's global biochemistry, the subcellular processes of its individual cellular components, its complex and extensively networked anatomical structure, and its remarkably adaptive physiology. The field considers neuronal development from early embryology through advanced senescence, and examines the brain's adaptive processes at the level of single neurons, through networks and systems of cells, on up to complete organisms. It studies the regulation and expression of behavior, and the complex interactions of multiple neuronal systems that underlie the emergence of cognitive function. The Neuroscience program at U. T. Dallas provides students with the opportunity to focus on the brain from a systems-level perspective, drawing on the behavioral and cognitive perspectives of psychology and the cellular and molecular perspectives of biology. It allows undergraduates extensive interactions with working neuroscientists who use the latest analytic techniques.
The Neuroscience program is designed to prepare students for admission to graduate or medical school, or for careers in related biomedical research, medicine, dentistry, and other health science specialties. Required courses and guided electives can include the approved pre-medical curriculum and offer an alternative to other traditional pre-medical majors. Students who wish to continue their education in the fields of medicine, dentistry or allied professional areas should register with the Health Professions Advisory Committee during their first semester. Students are encouraged to design a personalized degree plan of guided electives with their advisor that will combine courses from the 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 goals.
Students can complete Core Curriculum and Neuroscience major requirements in a minimum of 85 semester credit hours, leaving 35 elective hours. Students can complete Core Curriculum, Neuroscience major, and Pre-health Professions requirements in a minimum of 111 semester credit hours, leaving 9 remaining elective hours.
Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience Degree Requirements (120 hours)
I. Core Curriculum Requirements1:
1 Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parentheses are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at U.T. Dallas.
II. Major Requirements: 64 hours (43 hours
beyond Core Curriculum)
2 A required Major course that also fulfills a Core
Curriculum requirement. Hours are counted in Core Curriculum.
III. Elective Requirements: 35 hours
Premedical and/or other
pre-health professions students: 27 hours
* algebra based Physics courses
Minor in Neuroscience
Students who are not majoring in Neuroscience may minor in Neuroscience by taking 18 semester credit hours selected from the lists of major core courses and major related courses. At least 12 hours must be upper-division Neuroscience core courses. No credit hours may be used to satisfy both major and minor requirements; however, free elective hours or major preparatory classes may be used to satisfy the minor. At least one-third of the hours for a minor must be taken at U.T. Dallas.
Fast Track Baccalaureate/Master’s Degrees
U.T. Dallas undergraduate students with strong academic records who intend to pursue a master's degree in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience at UTD may consider an accelerated undergraduate-graduate plan of study. When accepted into the program, students may take up to 12 hours of graduate courses that may be used to complete the baccalaureate degree and also satisfy requirements for the master's degree. Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and earn grades of B or better in graduate courses taken. The Fast Track makes it possible for students to complete upper-division undergraduate education and graduate training in three years, including summer study. To qualify for application, students must have completed at least 72 semester credit hours toward their bachelor degree, including at least 18 semester credit hours in major core courses at UTD. Apply to the Fast Track program through the Applied Cognition and Neuroscience Program Office. Students should consult with a graduate advisor regarding admissions criteria and plans of study.
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