Admissions

The Undergraduate Neuroscience Program is designed for graduating high school seniors and college freshmen or sophomores with a strong academic record and the motivation to pursue a career in biomedical science.  Please note carefully the following items.

1) High school students with 30 or higher on the ACT and a GPA of at least 3.75 will be considered for immediate acceptance in to the Neuroscience Program.  Students may compensate for an ACT score of less than 30 with exceptional classroom performance including scores of 4 or 5 on certain AP exams. Others may choose to attend UAB for a year and would then be evaluated for admission based on excellent classroom performance.  We are especially interested in the following courses:  Biology 123 and 124; Chemistry 115 and 117.  Current UAB students whose high school credentials meet the minimum requirements and/or whose performance in college courses is excellent may apply at any time.  Please contact Professor Carl McFarland ( cmcfarla@uab.edu) if you would like to be admitted to the program.  Dr. McFarland is available to meet the high school students and parents or with current UAB students to discuss the program and answer any questions you might have.

2) Prospective Neuroscience Majors should have a desire to understand the function of the nervous system, ranging from cellular and molecular to cognitive and behavioral neuroscience

3) Prospective Neuroscience Majors should have a desire to conduct original research in a neuroscience laboratory and the intention to pursue research or health related science careers.

4) The major will be limited to 15 students per year so that the Neuroscience classes can remain relatively small and ensure one-on-one interaction with faculty mentors.  A small number of majors allows for Dr. McFarland to serve as your academic advisor throughout your undergraduate career unlike other majors that utilize nonfaculty personnel for student advising.  It also allows us to identify enough neuroscience research laboratories for each of our students to spend at least 3 years working closely with a research team from the UAB School of Medicine or the Department of Psychology.

5) The neuroscience major is co-sponsored by the UAB School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences and is highly appropriate for students who are interested pursuing Medical School, graduate programs in Neurobiology, Psychology, Public Health, as well as Dental or Optometry Schools.

6) Graduates will be highly qualified candidates for health professional schools or for graduate programs in the biomedical/mental health fields and will have fulfilled the academic requirements for admission to these professional schools.  It is likely that neuroscience majors will publish research papers in prestigious neuroscience journals before they graduate.

7) Students may apply to the Program/Major either at the time they apply to UAB, after they have been admitted to UAB, or during their freshman or sophomore year.  Students are encouraged to apply to UAB Honors Programs:  The University Honors Program, Global Community Leadership Honors Program, Science and Technology Program, or Early Medical School Acceptance Program.  Current members of these Honors Programs are eligible to apply for the Neuroscience Major.  In addition to the UAB admission requirements, applicants are expected to have had sound, basic preparation in several disciplines: English, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Mathematics, and 3-4 years of Science.  Good writing skills are also important.

8) Applicants are requested to provide a resume or curriculum vitae (c.v.).  Please limit your resume/c.v. to three pages and ensure that your name appears on the top of all pages.  Your resume/c.v. should include information from high school or college on any or all of the following that apply to you:  i) Academic and creative activities including participation in honor societies, academic teams, creative achievements, AP, IB, and dual-enrollment courses, etc.; ii) Leadership experience, volunteer activities, and overall community involvement;  iii) Science and health-related experience and activities;  iv) Employment history and other relevant extracurricular activities not already mentioned and v) Any other information you believe to be relevant to your application.

Please submit the application materials to Professor Carl E. McFarland, Jr., Ph.D. Electronic submission is preferred  ( cmcfarla@uab.edu) but regular mail will work as well:  Department of Psychology/UAB, 415 Campbell Hall, 1530 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294-1170.