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Undergraduate courses

The B.S. in Neuroscience offers an interdisciplinary curriculum grounded in biology, psychology, physics, chemistry, computer science, and mathematical sciences, with the nervous system as a common focus. Students may pursue concentrations in behavioral, cellular/molecular, or computational neuroscience, culminating in a capstone research experience.

Requirements & Course of Study

Details of all undergraduate degree requirements can be found in the IUPUI bulletin.

The degree requires 120 credits and includes coursework in the biological, behavioral, chemical, and physical sciences. Core courses in neuroscience are supplemented by specialized electives in biology, psychology, computer science, and mathematical science. General education courses and 29 credits of elective credits round out the major.

Course Requirements

Research & Capstone Experience

An exciting feature of the program, students are encouraged to participate in independent research and internship experiences on the IUPUI campus in the School of Science or School of Medicine or through companies in central Indiana that are aligned with the life and health sciences, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. 

All neuroscience students must complete a Senior Capstone research project. The capstone is an independent, creative effort of the student that is integrative and builds on the student's previous work in the major (research, independent study/project, practicum, seminar, or field experience).

Neuroscience Major Courses

Students must have a grade of C (2.00) or higher for courses listed below. 

Grades below C- (1.70) are unacceptable.

A. Foundation Courses (25 cr.)

  • BIOL-K101 Concepts of Biology I    (5 cr.)
    • (pre-req: placement into MATH 15300)
  • BIOL-K103 Concepts of Biology II  (5 cr.)
    • (pre-req: BIOL-K101)
  • BIOL-K324 Cell Biology    (3 cr.) 
    • (pre-reqs: BIOL-K103 and CHEM-C106)
  • BIOL-K416 Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience  (3 cr.)
    • (pre-req: BIOL-K324)
  • PSY-B110 Introduction to Psychology   (3 cr.) 
  • PSY-B201 Foundations of Neuroscience   (3 cr.) 
    • (pre-req: PSY-B110, equiv. intro psych course or BIOL-K101)
  • PSY-B301 Systems Neuroscience   (3 cr.)
    • (pre-req: PSY-B110 or equiv. intro psych course and PSY-B201)


B. Statistical Research Methods Course (3 cr.)

  • PSY-B305 Statistics   (3 cr.) 
    • (pre-req: PSY-B110 or equiv. intro psych course and three credits of college-level mathematics)


  • STAT 35000 Introduction to Statistics  (3 cr.) 
    • (pre-req: MATH 16500 or equivalent)

Neuroscience Electives

Neuroscience Electives (18 cr.)

Complete 3 credit hours from the biology electives course list, 3 credit hours from the psychology electives course list and an additional 12 credit hours from any courses included in the biology electives course list, the psychology electives course list, or the chemistry/physics electives course list.

Biology Elective Course List

  • BIOL-K322 Genetics and Molecular Biology  (3 cr.)  (strongly recommended, as this serves as a prerequisite for other higher-level electives and generally is required for admission to graduate and professional programs)
  • BIOL-K331 Embryology/Development Biology   (3 cr.) 
  • BIOL-K338 Introductory Immunology   (3 cr.) 
  • BIOL-K451 Neuropharmacology    (3 cr.) 
  • BIOL-K384 Biological Chemistry  (3 cr.) 
  • BIOL-K484 Cellular Biochemistry    (3 cr.) 
  • BIOL 55900 Endocrinology   (3 cr.) 
  • BIOL 56800 Regenerative Biology and Medicine (3 cr.) 
  • BIOL 57100 Developmental Neurobiology  (3 cr.) 
  • BIOL 69700 Molec Mech of Neurodegen Disease (3 cr.) 

Psychology Elective Course List

  • PSY-B311 Introductory Laboratory in Psychology  (3 cr.) 
  • PSY-B334 Perception   (3 cr.) 
  • PSY-B344 Learning    (3 cr.)                                                
  • PSY-B356 Motivation    (3 cr.)                       
  • PSY-B394 Drugs and Behavior  (3 cr.)                                
  • PSY-B398 Brain Mechanisms of Behavior (3 cr.)          
  • PSY-I535 Clinical Neuroscience (3 cr.)                                 
  • PSY-I545 Psychopharmacology  (3 cr.)                                  
  • PSY-I560 Behavioral Genetics   (3 cr.)                                 
  • PS-I5## {new course} Neurophysiology and Neurochemistry of Behavior  (3 cr.)                                 
  • PS-I5## {new course} Dev't Psychobiology  (3 cr.)               

Chemistry/Physics Elective Course List

  • CHEM-C342 Organic Chemistry II   (3 cr.)  (If used  for Physical and Biological Sciences Requirements, then the course cannot apply for Neuroscience Elective requirement.)
  • CHEM-C371 Chemical Informatics I   (1 cr.) 
  • CHEM-C372 Chemical Infor II: Molecular Modeling  (3 cr.) 
  • CHEM-C484 Biomolecules and Catabolism  (3 cr.) 
  • CHEM-C485 Biosynthesis and Physiology     (3 cr.) 
  • PHYS 15200 Mechanics  (4 cr.) (If used for Physical and Biological Sciences Requirements, then the course cannot apply for Neurosciene Elective requirement.)
  • PHYS 25100 Heat, Electricity and Optics   (5 cr.) 
  • PHYS-P201 General Physics I   (5 cr.)  (If used for Physical and Biological Sciences Requirements, then the course cannot apply for Neuroscience Elective requirement.)
  • PHYS-P202 General Physics II   (5 cr.) 
  • PHYS 58500 Introduction to Molecular Biophysics  (3 cr.) 

A course cannot be used to satisfy two AREA requirements. Questions about area requirements can be directed to the Neuroscience Advisor. 

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