Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary program between the Biological Sciences and Psychology Departments in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.

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Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary program delivered through several different departments under the umbrella of the J.P. Scott Center for Neuroscience, Mind & Behavior. The Center includes faculty, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate and undergraduate students from the Departments of Psychology, Biology, Communication Disorders, and Philosophy who are pursuing interdisciplinary research and teaching programs that advance understanding of the dynamic relationship between the nervous system and behavioral activity.

Quality classroom experiences

Most neuroscience laboratories are located in the Psychology and Life Sciences Buildings where students have the opportunity to use the latest technology in animal surgery, biochemistry, molecular biology, microscopy, image analysis, electrophysiology and behavioral analysis. The 9,000-square-foot University Animal Facility has 30 breeding and maintenance rooms that are essential for research and student training.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Neurophysiology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


The Bachelor of Science in neuroscience is an interdisciplinary program consisting principally of biology and psychology courses. Major coursework includes human studies, animal behavior, neuroethology, ecology, toxicology, pharmacology, electrophysiology, histology and molecular genetics. Additionally, students are encouraged to take independent research courses with neuroscience faculty.

The J.P. Scott Center for Neuroscience, Mind & Behavior is an interdisciplinary research and teaching center that oversees the neuroscience major.

Internships and Careers

Neuroscience research opportunities exist with faculty members in the psychology, biological sciences, communication disorders, and philosophy departments.

BGSU Placement Rate

$38,701* – Neuroscience graduates average starting salary according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers

100% of graduates report they're employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation

(BGSU data compiled from students who completed the related questions on the graduation survey.)

GO FAR in your career

  • Education
  • Medicine
  • Medical Research
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Veterinary Medicine

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Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary program between the Biological Sciences and Psychology Departments in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in neuroscience will:

  • Understand and integrate the basic principles of neuroscience and the behavior of humans and other animal species;
  • Be able to read and comprehend primary research literature in biology and psychology;
  • Be prepared for post-baccalaureate studies in psychology, biology, neuroscience, or medical school, or for entering the private sector in areas related to their training;
  • Be able to present scientific information in oral and written formats appropriate to scientific and nonscientific audiences.

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012-2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The neuroscience program will undergo Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2019-20.

More information on accreditation

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The neuroscience program does not lead to professional licensure.

More information on professional licensure

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Neuroscience program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact

Updated: 03/04/2021 03:53PM