The Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience

The Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary major leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience that takes advantage of the rich neuroscience mission of multiple departments and campuses of Boston University. As a field, neuroscience has grown considerably over the last few decades through its integration of multiple disciplines; and, a current understanding of the field requires knowledge that spans traditional approaches while moving into the intersection between far-reaching technologies and new computational methods. This program combines breadth of exposure to the field as a whole with the opportunity for depth of experience in one of three central domains of neuroscience: Cellular and Systems, Cognition and Behavior, and Computational Neuroscience.

Program Goals

  • Demonstrate mastery of the fundamentals of neuroscience spanning the breadth of the field, from the theoretical to the experimental, and across multiple levels of analysis;
  • Demonstrate competency in quantitative reasoning (relating physical and mathematical principles to fundamental concepts in neuroscience);
  • Demonstrate competency in evidence-based reasoning and experimental design (identify manipulated and measured variables, measurement metrics, experimental controls, power, validity, and reliability).

Opportunities

Neuroscience students have access to the extensive resources and expertise of affiliated faculty across multiple departments and colleges throughout the university. A wide array of courses are offered through the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics, Psychological & Brain  Sciences, and Health Sciences in Sargent College. Together more than 40 upper level neuroscience electives are offered, including laboratory courses and seminars.

Opportunities for independent laboratory research are available through multiple departments in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Engineering, and at Boston University School of Medicine, including Anatomy and Neurobiology, Biochemistry, Neurology, Pathology, Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics, Physiology and Biophysics, and Psychiatry. Undergraduate research opportunities also are available in neuroscience laboratories throughout Boston area hospitals, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Boston Children’s Hospital.

The Biology Major with a Specialization in Neurobiology offers an alternative to the interdepartmental Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience for students who prefer to focus on cellular and molecular neuroscience.