Mission Statement

The mission of the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program is 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 neurodevelopmental, neurological, psychological disorders and injury.

The Undergraduate Neuroscience Program and Training Faculty will accomplish these missions by four complementary mechanisms:

  • First we will provide students with a solid academic and intellectual foundation in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, psychology and neuroscience.
  • Second, we will enable students to conduct original hands-on laboratory research under the direction of faculty mentors to learn state-of-the-art experimental approaches and methods in Neuroscience research.
  • Third, we will mentor students in the development of skills in scientific method, experimental analysis, and effective oral and written communication. We expect our students to become active colleagues in our laboratories, which should result in publications in scientific journals and presentations at local or profession meetings.
  • Fourth, we will provide students with one-on-one academic and career counseling to identify professional programs most suited to their interests, and strategies to be competitive applicants to these programs.

Students earning the B.S. in Neuroscience at UAB will be well suited for admission into the nation's most prestigious graduate programs, medical schools and health-related professional programs.