Neuroscience - BS, Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Tracks

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system and its impact on behavior and cognitive functions. This interdisciplinary field integrates several disciplines, including psychology, psychiatry, biology, chemistry, and physics. Because the study is interdisciplinary, the Neuroscience major involves multiple units, including the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, the Department of Biology, and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in collaboration with the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics (NExT) in the College of Medicine in offering this degree, as well as the Texas A&M Institute for Neuroscience (TAMIN).  The concentration of this degree that focuses on Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience is housed within the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences.

Students will develop competency in foundational coursework in the life and physical sciences, including biology, chemistry, and physics. Based on their individual career aspirations and interests, students will complete coursework in neuroscience that involves psychological and biological processes, as well as translational issues relevant to medical science and/or pharmacology, neural engineering, and biochemistry. Nationwide, there is increasing interest in neuroscience programs and training. In part, this interest is driven by changes in the employment market that focus on technical and medical support jobs. Students completing a BS in Neuroscience will be well prepared for graduate study, as well as to enter entry-level healthcare and technical occupations.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 4
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
NRSC 101/VIBS 101 Neuroscience Overview 1 1
NRSC 277/VIBS 277 Introduction to Neuroscience 1 3
PSYC 107 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
BIOL 112 Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 120 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 4
NRSC 235/PSYC 235 Introduction to Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience 3
Select one of the following: 4
Calculus I for Biological Sciences  
Engineering Mathematics I  
Calculus I  
General elective 2 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
PHYS 201 College Physics 4
Select one of the following: 4
Calculus II for Biological Sciences  
Engineering Mathematics II  
Calculus II  
Elementary Statistical Inference  
American history 3
Prescribed elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
PHYS 202 College Physics 4
American history 3
Concentration elective 4 3
Prescribed elective 3 3
Prescribed elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 1 3
STAT 302
Statistical Methods
or Statistics for Biology
3
Concentration elective 4 3
Prescribed elective 3 3
General elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Communication 3
Government/Political science 3
Concentration elective 4 3
Prescribed elective 3 3
General elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
Government/Political science 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Concentration elective 4 3
Concentration elective 4 3
Concentration elective 4 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
Creative arts 3
Concentration elective 4 3
Concentration elective 4 3
Concentration elective 4 4
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours120