Objectives of Program

To provide a solid academic foundation with core courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and psychology. This core curriculum will be coupled with an advanced curriculum in Neuroscience that will emphasize understanding of the molecular, cellular, and physiological mechanisms and processes underlying nervous system functioning, cognitive processes and behavior.

To provide the opportunity for Neuroscience majors to conduct hands-on independent laboratory research under the direction of high-caliber faculty mentors to learn state-of-the-art experimental approaches and methods. The goal is to have students develop a fundamental understanding of scientific method and specific techniques used by neuroscientists, in an atmosphere in which the relevance of neuroscience research to the human condition is kept at the forefront. The laboratory environment and research mentors will also provide exposure to professional character, leadership, entrepreneurial thinking, continued development, community service, and ethics. Students will complete a senior research thesis as part of the Major and will have the opportunity to publish their research results in collaboration with their faculty mentors.

To help students develop skills in scientific methodology and experimental analysis, and learn how to effectively communicate their results orally and in writing. Students will begin to learn how to critically evaluate and interpret scientific literature through innovative courses. Learning effective written and oral communication skills will be achieved through the core BS curriculum and the senior research thesis and presentation. Students will also have the opportunity to present their research to wider audiences at platforms including the Neurobiology Retreat, Undergraduate Research Day, and regional scientific meetings.

To provide an educational and research experience that ensures the successful pursuit of future career goals in academia, medicine, the health sciences and research. The major will be flexible enough for students to select courses that will prepare them for a variety of career options, including research, medicine, public health, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, and other health-related professions. Workshops and career days are provided for students in the junior year.

To provide a program for UAB undergraduates to become active participants in the UAB Neuroscience community, with important benefits to the participating departments and schools. The result will be an increase in the number and quality of matriculating students in Neuroscience at the undergraduate, graduate, public health, optometry and medical schools, with a positive impact on the training environment. Undergraduate participation will enhance the attractiveness and quality of neuroscience training at UAB and contribute to the establishment of UAB as a pre-eminent university for training in the Neurosciences, a rapidly expanding, emerging academic discipline.