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Neuroscience B.S.

In this interdisciplinary program, you’ll explore the intricacies of the central and peripheral nervous systems, while engaging in cutting-edge research opportunities.
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A neuroscience student works on her poster presentation for Neuroscience Research Day.

About this Program

  • Foster your neuroscience education and research through interdisciplinary training and interaction.
  • Work with accomplished professors as they investigate basic, preclinical, translational and clinical questions to unravel the relationship between brain and behavior.
  • Take part in campuswide activities related to neuroscience that bring together students and faculty across multiple colleges.
  • Participate in and present at Neuroscience Research Day, featuring keynote lectures and undergraduate and graduate poster presentations.
  • Join the Neuroscience Club or the Nu Rho Psi neuroscience honor society and get further involved in the neuroscience community.
  • Be on the right track to pursuing a variety of science-related careers upon graduation, including medical school, Ph.D. programs, clinical psychology programs and more.

Program Information

Degree Type






College or School

Career Path

50 %

or more of neuroscience undergraduate students do research.

Typical number of students per class.

Approximate number of students who graduate with a neuroscience degree each year.
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This program comprises 24 credits of coursework spanning biology, psychology and communication sciences and disorders. Through elective coursework, students have the flexibility to explore their neuroscientific interests across other fields. The neuroscience major must be paired with another degree program, typically within the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, but the other major can also be based in any other college or school, subject to approval by the director.

  • Identify cellular components of the nervous system.
  • Identify the location and function of the major structures of the brain.
  • Compare and contrast methods of studying the brain.
  • Critically evaluate research as it is presented in the media or used in the arts.
  • Describe, and apply knowledge of, basic neuron physiology.

The neuroscience integrated learning major (ILM) is a 24-credit (18 credits of core courses, 6 credits of electives) major that must be paired with a primary major. The type of degree awarded, whether B.A. or B.S., aligns with the primary major. For instance, if your primary major is biology and you earn a B.S. degree in biology, you’ll also receive a B.S. degree in neuroscience. Or, if you earn a B.A. in psychology, you’ll earn a B.A. in neuroscience.

To complete your degree, you’ll need to successfully complete all requirements for your primary major alongside the curriculum of the neuroscience ILM.

  • Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Neurobiology of Pain and Analgesia
  • Cognitive Neuroscience of Speech and Language
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neuroanatomy Lab

Extracurricular Opportunities

Student organization

The Neuroscience Club

The Neuroscience Club provides undergraduates of any major the opportunity to be more informed and get involved in the community of neuroscience. Its members offer guidance and support for neuroscience majors through meetings, speaker events and special neuroscience events on campus.

Student organization

Nu Rho Psi

Nu Rho Psi is the national honor society in neuroscience, which encourages intellectual and social interaction between Syracuse University students, faculty and professionals in neuroscience and related fields. Students who become members of Nu Rho Psi are selected based on their academic accomplishments and have special networking and research collaboration opportunities available to them.

Study abroad opportunity

Syracuse Abroad: Copenhagen, Stockholm and More

There are a number of study abroad programs affiliated or partnered with Syracuse University that offer neuroscience courses, which could be used as electives toward your neuroscience degree.

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