Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience

What is Neuroscience?

Neuroscience is the study of the structure and function of the nervous system with a special focus on the brain and its role in behavioral processes, the mechanisms of behavior, and the nature of cognitive function.

Illustration of brainwaves. Multidisciplinary in nature, Neuroscience draws from a number of scientific fields including medicine, biology, psychology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, and engineering, and beyond, with the nervous system serving as the common focus. The field has emerged during the past two decades as part of the explosive growth of research and interest in the neural sciences.

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Neuroscience is one of the most rapidly advancing fields of research and training and there is a high demand for qualified and experienced Neuroscience researchers and health-related professionals. The UAB Undergraduate Neuroscience Program helps fill this demand by preparing a new generation of UAB undergraduates who will be ideally equipped to pursue and succeed in a career in academic or government research, medicine, biotechnology in industry, and other health-related sciences.

Blueprint for success — UAB’s undergraduate neuroscience major

The program is designed to provide a structure for coursework that assures a solid grounding in natural science and a broad familiarity with the field of Neuroscience. In addition, our curriculum satisfies most pre-medical and pre-health requirements, making it an ideal fit for those students looking to pursue a career in medicine, biomedical research, or other health-related professions. Students have the special opportunity to receive course credit for original research projects conducted in collaboration with a Neuroscience faculty mentor. Students will design and complete hands-on research in the labs of primary faculty across campus. Their research experience culminates with writing and presenting a comprehensive senior research thesis.

UAB Undergraduate Neuroscience Program By the Numbers: More than 80 scientists in more than a dozen departments serve as mentors in the program; Three years - students spend doing intensive research in the lab of a mentor; More than 82 percent of UAB Neuroscience students go on to medical school, graduate school or a health professional school; 4.3 - average high school GPA of entering neuroscience students; 32 - average ACT score.An important foundation for the UAB Undergraduate Neuroscience Program is the diverse group of nationally recognized Neuroscience faculty at UAB who interact extensively in their roles as investigators, teachers, and mentors. The small class sizes of the upper-level courses and the opportunity to work closely with an individual faculty mentor in their research laboratories will foster a close mentoring relationship.

The program also sponsors events that communicate current Neuroscience research and activity on campus through a Colloquium, as well as provide information on graduate and professional schools and career options. Students completing the UAB Undergraduate Neuroscience Program/Major will have academic, intellectual and research skills that will position them to be highly competitive for professional schools in research, medicine and health-related sciences.

The overall goals of the program are
  • to attract highly qualified students who are interested in pursuing Neuroscience to UAB and provide a dynamic, high-caliber undergraduate major to UAB students interested in Neuroscience
  • 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 neurological, psychological and neurodevelopmental disorders.


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