Undergraduate Neuroscience Program Curriculum Requirements





BY 123  

Introductory Biology I & Laboratory  
(not exempted by AP credit)                                                            

4 credits  

BY 124    

Introductory Biology II & Laboratory  

4 credits  







CH 115/116   

General Chemistry I & Laboratory 

4 credits  

CH 117/118 

General Chemistry II & Laboratory 

4 credits  

CH 235/236 

Organic Chemistry I & Laboratory 

4 credits   

CH 237/238 

Organic Chemistry II & Laboratory 

4 credits   

CH 460  

Fundamentals of Biochemistry 

3 credits   




Psychology and Neurobiology



PY 101   

Introduction to Psychology (not exempted by AP credit) 

3 credits   

NBL 330
PY 253

Neuroscience I: Brain Functions and Dysfunction
Honors Brain Mind & Behavior

3 credits   

NBL 355 

Neuroscience II:  Mechanisms of Synaptic Transmission

3 credits   

NBL 356

Neuroscience III: Mechanisms of Sensation, Movement & Cognition

3 credits

NBL/PY 401

Colloquium in Basic, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience
This course is required for sophomores and juniors; optional for
freshmen and seniors.  You must take it at least twice.

1 credits

You must take 2 of the following advanced neuroscience courses.


NBL 433

Diseases of the Nervous System

3 credits

NBL 434  

Mechanisms of Memory 

3 credits   

PY 468

Cognitive Neuroimaging

3 credits

PY 472

Social Psychophysiology

3 credits

VIS 456

Visual Neuroscience

3 credits

Physics (select one group PH 201/221 or PH 202/222)               



PH 201/221

College Physics I & Laboratory 

4 credits 

PH 202/222

College Physics II & Laboratory

4 credits






MA 125 

Calculus I 

4 credits 

STH 301 Statistics and Design Overview (preferred) 3 credits
PY 216 Elementary Statistics and Design 3 Credits
MA 180 Introduction to Statistics 3 credits


Medical school requires 6 hours of college math. You can cover 3 hours with AP Calculus, but must take another math course at UAB. 


PHL 116 


3 credits 


Neuroscience majors are required to be continuously engaged in research under the direction of a faculty mentor beginning 
no later than the first semester of their junior year.  However, qualified students may identify a mentor and begin conducting research as early as their freshman year.  Course credit will be provided via PY 398. 


Recommended but
Not Required

Premedical students should take Sociology 101


NBL 390 Neurobiology Research Laboratory

Introduction to Neurobiology at Dauphin Island Sea Lab 


BY 330 Cell Biology

PY 305  Medical Psychology

PY 335  Motivation and Emotion

PY 372  Social Psychology



1 credit



3 credits

3 credits 

3 credits

3 credits 

Academic    Performance  Requirement

Neuroscience majors must maintain an overall GPA of 3.35 to remain in the program. Majors will be allowed one semester to raise their GPA. 






Core Curriculum for College of Art & Sciences

  Area I. Written Composition

Effective written communication skills are essential in a literate society. Requirements include six semester hours in written composition. UAB students must complete EH 101 English Composition I and EH 102 English Composition II with the grade of C or better within their first 30 hours or as soon as possible thereafter.
6 hours
Area II, Humanities and Fine Arts

Study in the humanities addresses the ability to deal with questions of values, ethics, or aesthetics as they are represented in literature, philosophy, religion, and the arts, and is fundamental to general education. Requirements include at least 12 semester hours in humanities with a minimum of three semester hours in literature, three semester hours in the fine arts, and the remaining hours from the humanities and/or fine arts. In addition to literature, disciplines in the humanities include, but are not limited to, philosophy, religious studies, speech, foreign languages, art, music, theatre, and dance. As part of the common Core Curriculum, students must complete a six-semester hour sequence either in literature (Area II) or in history (Area IV).

The following courses satisfy Area II of the Core Curriculum:

AAS 200 Introduction to African-American Studies 3
ARA 101 Introductory Arabic I 3
ARA 102 Introductory Arabic II 3
ARH 101 The Art Experience 3
ARH 203 Ancient and Medieval Art 3
ARH 204 Renaissance through Modern Art 3
ARH 206 Survey of Asian Art 3
CHI 101 Introductory Chinese I 3
CHI 102 Introductory Chinese II 3
CM 101 Public Speaking 3
EH 216 Introduction to Literature 3
EH 217 World Literature I: Before 1660 3
EH 218 World Literature II: 1660-Present 3
EH 221 British and Irish Literature I: Before 1800 3
EH 222 British and Irish Literature II: 1800-Present 3
EH 223 American Literature I: Before 1865 3
EH 224 American Literature II: 1865-Present 3
FLL 120 Foreign Cultures 3
FLL 220 Foreign Literatures in English Translation 3
FR 101 Introductory French I 4
FR 102 Introductory French II 4
FR 108 Introductory Intensive French 4
FR 201 Intermediate French I 3
FR 202 Intermediate French II 3
GN 101 Introductory German I 4
GN 102 Introductory German II 4
GN 201 Intermediate German I 3
GN 202 Intermediate German II 3
GN 204 Readings in German Literature 3
ITL 101 Introductory Italian I 3
ITL 102 Introductory Italian II 3
JPA 101 Introductory Japanese I 3
JPA 102 Introductory Japanese II 3
MU 120 Music Appreciation 3
PHL 100 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHL 115 Contemporary Moral Issues 3
PHL 116 Bioethics 3
PHL 120 Practical Reasoning 3
PHL 125 Introduction to Ethics 3
PHL 203 Philosophy of Religion 3
SPA 101 Introductory Spanish I /QL 4
SPA 102 Introductory Spanish II 4
SPA 108 Introductory Intensive Spanish 4
SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I 3
SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II 3
THR 100 Introduction to the Theatre 3
THR 105 Introduction to Dance 3
THR 200 Plays on Film 3

12 hours
Area III. Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Study in the natural sciences and mathematics emphasizes the scientific method and applies quantitative or inductive reasoning. Requirements include at least 11 semester hours with at least three semester hours in mathematics at the pre-calculus algebra level or higher and at least eight semester hours in the natural sciences. All courses in the natural sciences must include laboratory experiences. Disciplines in the natural sciences include, but are not limited to, astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. UAB students must take the required three semester hours in mathematics within their first 60 hours or as soon as possible thereafter.

The following courses satisfy Area III of the Core Curriculum:

AST 101
AST 111
Astronomy of the Universe
   and Astronomy of the Universe Laboratory
AST 102
AST 112
Astronomy of Stellar Systems
   and Astronomy of Stellar Systems Laboratory
AST 103
AST 113
Astronomy of the Solar System
   and Astronomy of the Solar Systems Laboratory
AST 105
AST 115
Extraterrestrial Life
and Extraterrestrial Life Laboratory
BY 101
BY 102
Topics in Contemporary Biology and Topics Contemporary Biology Laboratory 4
BY 111
BY 112
Extended Topics in Contemporary Biology
and Ext Topics Contemporary Biology Laboratory
BY 123 Introductory Biology I 4
BY 124 Introductory Biology II 4
CH 105
CH 106
Introductory Chemistry I
and Introductory Chemistry I Laboratory
CH 107 Introductory Chemistry II 3
CH 115 General Chemistry I 3
CH 117
CH 118
General Chemistry II
   and General Chemistry II Laboratory
ENV 108 Human Population and the Earth s Environment 3
ES 101 Physical Geology 3
ES 103
ES 104
History of the Earth
   and History of the Earth Laboratory
MA 105 Pre-Calculus Algebra 3
MA 106 Pre-Calculus Trigonometry 3
MA 107 Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry 4
MA 109 Survey of Calculus 3
MA 110 Finite Mathematics 3
MA 125 Calculus I 4
MA 126 Calculus II 4
MA 227 Calculus III 4
MA 252 Introduction to Differential Equations 3
MA 260 Introductions to Linear Algebra 3
PH 201 College Physics I 4
PH 202 College Physics II 4
PH 221 General Physics I 4
PH 222 General Physics II 4
PHS 101 Physical Science 4

11 hours

Area IV. History, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Study in history and the social and behavioral sciences deals primarily with the study of human behavior, social and political structures, and economics. Requirements include 12 semester hours with at least a three-semester hour course in history and at least six semester hours from among other disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. Disciplines include, but are not limited to, anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology. As part of the common Core Curriculum, students must complete a six-semester hour sequence either in literature (Area II) or in history (Area IV). 

The following courses satisfy Area IV of the Core Curriculum:


ANTH 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
ANTH 106 Introductory Archaeology 3
ANTH 120 Language and Culture 3
CM 105 Introduction to Human Communication 3
EC 210 Principles of Microeconomics 3
EC 211 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
GEO 121 World Regional Geography 3
HY 101 Western Civilization I 3
HY 102 Western Civilization II 3
HY 104 World History to 1600 3
HY 105 World History 1600 to the Present 3
HY 120 The United States To 1877 3
HY 121 The United States Since 1877 3
ITS 101 Introduction to International Studies 3
PSC 101 Introduction to American Government 3
PSC 102 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
PSC 103 Introduction to International Relations 3
PSC 221 American State and Local Government 3
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PY 201 Honors Introduction to Psychology 3
PY 212 Developmental Psychology 3
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 245 Contemporary Social Problems 3
WS 100 Introduction to Women's Studies 3

12 hours