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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Neuroscience, B.S.

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Neuroscience asks how the brain and body produce our sensations, our thoughts, our behavior and the behavior of other animals. Neuroscientists address fundamental and health-related questions that affect every aspect of our lives and society. To answer them, neuroscience bridges the biological, chemical, physical, behavioral and computational sciences, as well as philosophy, engineering, and medicine. Neuroscience is among the fastest growing fields of science and medicine. Neuroscience is interdisciplinary, as shown by the Neuroscience Institute’s faculty and the neuroscience course offerings. Faculty are drawn from multiple departments, including Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Communication, Education, Law, Mathematics and Statistics, Neuroscience Institute, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, and Psychology (see for a full list). They teach courses in cell and molecular neuroscience, computational neuroscience, neuroethology (animal behavior), drugs and the nervous system, cognitive neuroscience, neuroethics, and medical neuroanatomy, among many others. For questions about the major, students should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies who will help connect them with an appropriate faculty member.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see College Degree Requirements ) and the University Degree Requirements (see 1400 University Degree Requirements and Graduation ).

University Grade-Point Average and Grade Requirements

Georgia State University undergraduate students must achieve an overall institutional grade-point average of 2.0 and a major GPA of 2.0 in Areas G and H to receive a bachelor’s degree from the university. Grades of C- can be used to satisfy graduation requirements. However, some courses have prerequisites that require a grade of C or higher. (See 1460 GPA Requirement  for additional information.)

Area A

Recommended (one of the folowing):

Area B

Recommended course

Area D

Recommended lab sequence

Required course

Select one of the following:

Area F: Courses Appropriate for the Major (18 Hours)

Required Courses (16 Hours)

Elective Courses

Select additional elective courses from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F. Any credit hours exceeding 18 earned to complete the Areas A-F requirements will count toward elective hours. 

Area G: Major Courses (36 Hours)

Neuroscience Core Requirements (18 Hours)

Complete the following courses: 

Select one of the following laboratory courses:

Neuroscience-Related Electives

  • Select at least 8 hours from the list of Neuroscience Electives courses above or from the list of courses below.
  • Other neuroscience-related electives not on this list may fulfill this elective requirement with permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. 
Neuroscience Courses

Additional Courses

Concentration Requirements

Area H: Minor and Additional Courses

  1. Students majoring in Neuroscience are encouraged, but not required, to take a minor.
  2. Students majoring in Neuroscience must take additional courses as electives to complete 120 hours. Students are encouraged to choose electives from the lists above.

Graduation with Distinction in the Major

This program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to earn the designation of graduation with distinction in the major. To graduate with distinction in the Neuroscience major, the student must have at least a 3.5 GPA in the major and a 3.5 GPA overall, and must be in good academic standing. The Undergraduate Program Committee may make rare exceptions (e.g. for students with a record of outstanding research or other accomplishments in neuroscience).

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