College of Arts and Sciences

BA/BS in Biology and MS in Neuroscience

Complete both a Bachelor of Arts or Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Neuroscience in five years with our new 4+1 program. Take graduate-level coursework your senior year that will count toward requirements of both the undergraduate and graduate degree.

BA/BS in Biology and MS in Neuroscience

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If you're a biology major with an exceptional interest in neuroscience and have demonstrated academic excellence, you can earn both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in neuroscience (non-thesis track) in five years.

To qualify, you must apply by April 1 of your junior year and meet specific GPA requirements.

Once you're given conditional admission to the MS in neuroscience program, you are eligible to take pre-approved graduate coursework during your senior year. You complete the combined degree program in your fifth year. 

Degree Requirements

It is recommended you take Introduction to Neuroscience, during the fall of your junior year. 

Continuing in the MS in neuroscience program is conditional completing the BA or BS in biology while maintaining an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and earning a grade of B or better in each of the graduate courses completed prior to the end of the senior year.

BA in Biology Required Courses

You must complete 24 credits of biology, 7–8 credits of upper-level biology, 16 credits of chemistry, 8 credits of physics and 7–8 credits of mathematics courses. Examples of core courses include:

  • Introductory Biology I and II
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Principles of Chemistry I and II
  • Everyday Statistics

For more information, and to see a complete list of degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog.

BS in Biology Required Courses

Biology, chemistry, and physics courses must be completed with a grade point average of at least 2.2. All courses required for the major must be taken for a letter grade and may not be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.

A total of 55–56 credits are required and include the following core courses:

  • Introductory Biology I and II
  • College Chemistry I and II
  • Organic Chemistry I and II
  • Algebra Based Physics I and II
  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Comparative Animal Physiology
  • Molecular Cell Biology

For more information and to see a complete list of degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog.

Additional Course Requirements

You are required to complete the Introduction to Neuroscience course in your junior year, and another graduate-level neuroscience course if you are pursuing a BS in Biology.

If you are pursuing a BA in Biology, you are required to take a third upper-level biology course from the following list:

  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry II lecture
  • Developmental Biology

For more information and to see a complete list of additional requirements, visit our catalog.

Required Graduate Core Courses

The core graduate-level courses include the following:

  • Neuropharmacology
  • Introduction to Neuroanatomy
  • Neurogenetics
  • Neuroethics
  • Pathophysiology
For more information, and to see a complete listing of graduate level courses, visit the Course Catalog.

Paola Sacchetti, PhD

Associate Professor, Director of Neuroscience,

Professor Sacchetti’s research focuses on neuroscience and molecular biology and how transcription factors control expression of genes important for the development of brain cells.

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In particular I focus on dopamine neurons, the cells that die in patients affected by Parkinson's disease. My aim is to understand how normal cells develop and which genes and regulators are essential for the life of dopamine cells in order to better understand what happens during the disease state.

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