Sep 17, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Neuroscience, B.S.

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Program Director: Christine Curran, Department of Biological Sciences

Other Facuclty:

Mark Bardgett, Department of Psychological Science; Rudy Garns, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Philosophy; Kevin Kirby, Department of Computer Science; Cecile Marczinski, Department of Psychological Science; Monica Wakefield, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Philosophy; Lindsey Walters, Department of Biological Sciences; Jeff Ward, Department of Computer Science; Lauren Williamson, Department of Biological Sciences; Justin Yates, Department of Psychological Science

The bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience will allow students to gain a rich, transdisciplinary 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 disciplines 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 3 credit hour experiential learning project and the final report associated with that project.

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Four-Year Plan: Click here  to view the Four-Year Plan for this specific program. To find out more about Four-Year Plans, visit the Policies and Procedures  page.

Select one of the following tracks (16 credits)

Cognitive Neuroscience Track

Take a minimum of 15 credits in at least three different disciplines with at least 12 credits at the 300-level or above.

Social Neuroscience Track

Take a minimum of 15 credits from at least three disciplines and at least 12 credits at the 300 level or above.