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 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 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. 

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) Acceptance into the program is limited so that Neuroscience classes can remain relatively small and ensure one-on-one interaction with faculty mentors.  A relatively small number of students in the major allows for neuroscience faculty to serve as your academic advisor throughout your undergraduate career (unlike other majors that utilize non-faculty 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 Neuroscience, 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.