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Undergraduate | In-Person

Neuroscience, BS

The field of neuroscience is growing, and it's an especially exciting time to become a neuroscientist!

Why Major in Neuroscience

The Neuroscience program is dedicated to providing students with an academically challenging and interdisciplinary curriculum which enables them to develop a basic understanding of the foundations of the field, as well as the opportunity to personalize their learning experience. Majors are uniquely equipped with a broad foundational training early on in their training (ranging from molecular to behavioral sciences) and have ample opportunities to build strong academic and research skills.

The scientific method is promoted to create critical consumers of the field as well as inquisitive and responsible neuroscientists. Majors will build strong reading skills, hone knowledge transfer abilities and practice leadership roles and group work. Opportunities for future training and employment are available, spanning from academic to industry settings alike.

What You'll Learn 

  • Knowledge of the brain and the behavior process
  • Awareness of how the nervous system can affect behavior
  • Understanding research methods used in neuroscience
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Learn to write in APA (American Psychological Association) style
  • Demonstrate laboratory skills relevant to behavioral neuroscience research
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Career Possibilities

  • Laboratory Scientist
  • Data Scientist
  • Clinical Research Assistant
  • Educator
  • Science Writer

Program Details


The neuroscience major leads to a bachelor of science. It requires 128 hours of coursework:

  • BELL core requirements: 53 hours
  • Major requirements: 38-43 hours
  • Major electives and research requirements: 16 hours
  • General electives: 25 hours

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Courses you'll take:

NEU 1000 Seminar in Neuroscience: The course will help to provide students with the tools and skills necessary to successfully complete the neuroscience major requirements. The neuroscience seminar course will introduce students to BU resources including library resources, learning commons, career planning tools and faculty. This course will also help students develop a four-year plan for completing required courses, consider undergraduate research options and explore career paths.

NEU 2080 Introduction to Neuroscience: Students will be exposed to lectures and laboratory activities engaging biological and psychological frameworks of the nervous system. Students will be introduced to the biological machinery (cells, neural networks) making-up the nervous system, brain/cranial structures and basic functions (physiology) and complex neural systems related to sensation/perception, motor movement, attention and memory, stress, sexual development, emotion, aging and addiction.

NEU 4500 Neurobiology: An examination of the structure and function of the nervous system. The effects of molecular approaches to neuroscience and their impacts on the understanding of sensory, motor and cognitive functions of both simple and more complex systems will be addressed.

NEU 4700 Research in Neuroscience: Completion of an independent laboratory or field research project under the supervision of a neuroscience, biology and/or psychology faculty member. The student will write and present a research paper based on their research at the Belmont Undergraduate Research Symposium.

PSY 2400 Research Methods: An introduction to the methods of psychological science. The topics will include the philosophy of the scientific approach, library research methods, basic research design, descriptive and inferential data analysis, writing research reports and ethical issues in research. The laboratory component will emphasize appropriate statistical analysis and interpretation of psychological data.

PSY 1200 Introduction to Psychological Science: An introductory course which surveys the field of psychology. The course emphasizes the scientific methods of the discipline and incorporates active learning experiences via the laboratory component.

CEM 1510 General Chemistry I and II: During the first semester of General Chemistry, covered topics include: atomic & molecular structure, chemical bonding models, stoichiometry, reactivity patterns and an introduction to the gas laws. Topics covered second semester include: Thermochemistry & Thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, acid/base chemistry, electrochemistry and an introduction to chemical kinetics.

PHY 1110 Precalculus-Based Physics I and II: This course provides an introduction to the principles of linear and rotational motion, including Newton’s laws, energy, momentum and fluids. Quantitative as well as qualitative aspects of the subject are developed utilizing precalculus. The 1120 course introduces the principles of simple harmonic motion, waves, Coulomb’s Law, electric fields and circuits, magnetism and optics. Quantitative as well as qualitative aspects of the subject are developed utilizing precalculus.

Neuroscience majors are uniquely equipped with a broad foundational training from the beginning in biology, chemistry, physics and psychology and can complete an introduction to neuroscience course as early as freshman year. Further in their training, students can tailor their upper-level courses to support their interests and future goals.

With ample opportunities to complement theoretical knowledge, students engage in hands-on exercises that increase comprehensive skills and small group work to foster collaboration. Students build strong academic, research and critical thinking skills equipping them for continuing their education or beginning their career in the field.

Student Testimonials

Emory Ware

"The Neuroscience Program blends my passions for psychology and biology, and has shaped me both as a current student and future physician."

Emory Ware, Class of 2024

Becca Lappi in a science lab

"I’ve been able to immediately take what I’ve been learning in the classroom and apply it to my life. After a psychology course, I was able to create a self-help book to help coach others through their relationships."

Becca Lappi, Class of 2024

Alumni Testimonial

Belmont’s CSM and Neuroscience programs featured small class sizes and dedicated professors that provided countless research opportunities, compassionate mentors and individualized learning. There were several upper level courses, such as Neuro Imaging, that helped prepare me to complete my master’s degree and become a Physician Assistant in Neurosurgery. I now get to apply the skills and traits I learned at Belmont to help patients in a specialty I am passionate about. 

Natalie Halloran, Class of 2020

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