Neuroscience Major - Curriculum & Duration

Our flexible program is designed to fit your interests: You take at least one course from each track—Molecular and Medicinal, Clinical, and Theoretical—and then can specialize in a track or tailor your electives to gain equal exposure to each area.

Expert faculty members help you study the nervous system from many angles, emphasizing the biological, behavioral, theoretical, and clinical aspects of neuroscience. Faculty come from four USciences departments:

The following is a typical curriculum for neuroscience students entering University of the Sciences in Fall 2017; other students should refer to their academic advisor for their curricula.

First Year

Introductory Biology I, II
 Introductory Biology I, II Lab or Phage Hunters I, II
General Chemistry I, II
General Chemistry Lab I, II
General Calculus
Neuroscience Orientation
Physical Education I, II
Writing and Rhetoric I, II
Introduction to Psychology

Second Year

Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirements
Organic Chemistry I, II
Organic Chemistry I, II, Lab
Introduction to Communication
Introduction to Neuroscience I, II
Neuroscience Colloquium
Introductory Physics I, II

Third Year

Neuroscience Core Courses
Neuroscience Track Electives
Survey of Biochemistry or Molecular Structure in Biochemistry or Biochemistry
Directed Research or Independent Study
General Education Humanities or Social Science Discipline Requirement
General Education Humanities Elective

Fourth Year

Seminar in Neuroscience
Neuroscience Core Course
Neuroscience Track Elective
Neuroscience Elective
Neuroscience Capstone
Directed Research or Capstone
General Education Humanities or Social Science Discipline Requirement
Free Electives

Track Electives

Molecular & Medicinal Neuroscience

  • Human Molecular & Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biology of Aging
  • Human Physiology
  • Cell Biology
  • Directed Research in Biological Sciences
  • Research Experience
  • Independent Research Project in Pharmacology/Toxicology

Clinical Health Neuroscience

  • Neuroscience
  • Learning and Behavior
  • Personality Theory
  • Health Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Directed Research in Psychology
  • Geriatric Interdisciplinary Care

Theoretical Neuroscience

  • Computer Programming I
  • Mathematical Foundations of Neuroscience
  • Biophysics I
  • Electronics
  • Chaos and Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Directed Research in Physics