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. Specifically, the UNP 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 Neuroscience, Psychology, Public Health, as well as Dental or Optometry Schools.

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. In addition, prospective students should have a desire to conduct original research with the intention to pursue research or health related science careers. Finally, prospective students should strive for excellence in all academic pursuits while establishing collaborative and professional relationships with faculty and staff of the program.
 
Acceptance into the program is limited so that Neuroscience classes can remain relatively small and ensure one-on-one interaction with instructors and faculty mentors.  Our limited student acceptance also permits neuroscience faculty to serve as your academic advisor throughout your undergraduate career. 


Academic Standards for Acceptance
High school students with 28 or higher on the ACT and a GPA of at least 3.5 will be considered for immediate acceptance in to the Neuroscience Program. Students may compensate for an ACT score of less than 28 with exceptional classroom performance including scores of 4 or 5 on certain AP exams. Others may choose to attend UAB for a year and will 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.  

For more information about joining the program, please contact Dr. Cristin Gavin (cfgavin@uab.edu)