The UAB Undergraduate Neuroscience Program/Major is designed to provide a structure for coursework that assures a solid grounding in natural science and a broad familiarity with the field of Neuroscience. Students have the special opportunity to receive course credit for original research projects they conduct in collaboration with a Neuroscience faculty mentor. As students will also write a senior thesis, the Undergraduate Neuroscience mentor is a Departmental Honors Program and students will receive a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Neuroscience when they complete the Major. An important foundation for the major is the diverse group of nationally-recognized Neuroscience faculty at UAB who interact extensively in their roles as investigators, teachers, and mentors. The small size of the upper-level courses and the opportunity to work closely with an individual faculty mentor in their research laboratories will foster a close mentoring relationship. The Program also sponsors events that communicate current Neuroscience research and activity on campus through a Colloquium, as well as provide information on graduate and professional schools and career options. Students completing the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program/Major will have academic, intellectual and research skills that will position them to be highly competitive for professional schools in research, medicine and health-related sciences.
The overall goals of the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program are i) to attract highly qualified students who are interested in pursuing Neuroscience to UAB and provide a dynamic, high-caliber undergraduate major to UAB students interested in Neuroscience and ii) to prepare and advance UAB undergraduates to careers in research and health-related sciences in highly competitive programs, enhance the likelihood for success in these programs, and enable UAB graduates to become accomplished scientists, clinicians and health-care professionals who will be ideally equipped for future study of the nervous system and treatment and discovery of cures for neurological, psychological and neurodevelopmental disorders.