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Program Director: Christine Curran, Department of Biological Sciences
The bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience will allow students to gain a rich, transdiscplinary understanding of how behavior and cognition can be explained from a biological perspective and gain familiarity with the computational tools used to analyze complex behavioral data. This understanding will include considerations of nervous system function that range from the genetic to the computational to the philosophical. Academic departments participating in this program include: Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Computer Science; Mathematics & Statistics, Psychological Science; and Sociology, Anthropology & Philosophy. Students in the neuroscience major will engage in educational and experiential learning activities that will prepare them for careers in many fields including medicine, biomedical research, psychological science, and computational neuroscience. Students may select pathways that prepare them for job placement immediately upon graduation or graduate studies in neuroscience or one of the discplines included in the neuroscience major.
Note: The neuroscience major does not require a secondary area of study (e.g. minor or focus).
Admission requirements: The admission standards for all students pursuing degrees in neuroscience (all tracks) are: mathematics ACT 22 or greater and CPE minimum standards of 18 English and 20 reading, or successful completion of appropriate developmental courses. Transfer students must also meet these requirements before declaring a neuroscience major.
Graduation requirements: Students must complete 120 semester credit hours with the last 30h completed at NKU. Students must earn a C- or higher in all core courses, a cumulative 2.0 GPA in their core courses, and a cumulative 2.0 GPA in their track courses. Students must complete a semester-long experiential learning project and the final report associated with that project.
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