Neuroscience B.A.

All students must meet the Degree and University Requirements.

All students must meet the Catamount Core Curriculum Requirements.

All students must meet the College Requirements.

Major Requirements

At least 30 credits in major courses, plus 19-28 credits in ancillary courses, including:

FUNDAMENTAL COURSES. At least 22 credits.
PSYS 1400Intro to Psychological Science3
BIOLOGY. Choose 1 of the following options:4-8
Option A (recommended):
Exploring Biology 1
and Exploring Biology 2
Option B:
Accelerated Biology
Option C:
Principles of Biology 1
and Principles of Biology 2
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 2
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. Choose 1 of the following:4-8
Option A:
Intro Organic Chemistry w/lab
Option B:
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 2
CALCULUS. Choose 1 of the following:3-4
Fundamentals of Calculus I
Calculus I
FOUNDATION COURSES. At least 15 credits.
Choose 1 of the following:3-4
Exploring Neuroscience w/lab
Exploring Neuroscience
BCOR 2300Genetics3
Choose 1 of the following:3-4
Psych Research Methods (recommended)
Psych Research Methods w/lab
Choose 1 of the following:3-4
Statistics for Psych Sci
Basic Statistical Methods 1
Choose 1 of the following:3
Learning, Cognition & Behavior
Intro Cognitive Neuroscience
NSCI 4500Diseases of the Nervous System3
ELECTIVES. At least 9 credits.
CATEGORY A: Behavioral/Cognitive. 1 additional course/3 credits from the following:3-4
PSYS numbered 3100 to 3249
CATEGORY B: Cellular/Molecular. 1 additional course/3-4 credits from the following:3-4
PSYS numbered 3250 to 3299
1 additional course/3-4 credits from Category A or Category B3-4
Additional courses, including graduate-level NSCI courses, may be accepted as electives with prior approval from the Neuroscience Directors. Graduate courses are often open to upper-level undergraduate students with instructor permission.


Students completing the B.A. in Neuroscience may not also receive the B.S. in Biological Science, the B.S. in Neuroscience, the B.A. in Psychological Science, or the B.S. in Psychological Science.

Other Information

In the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), only one course may overlap between a major and a minor or between two CAS majors.

Courses for the major and/or its pre/co-requisites that are cross-listed in the catalog or schedule of courses under another course prefix may be taken under that other prefix and still count for these requirements.

With the approval of the chair/director, courses that applied to the major in previous years but have since been deactivated may be applied to this year’s major requirements if they are reactivated.

For a Bachelor of Arts degree, no more than 45 credits in courses with the same departmental prefix may be used toward completion of the 120 credits required for graduation.

At least half of the credits used to complete major requirements must be taken at the University of Vermont.