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The bachelor of science major in neuroscience is a prototypical interdisciplinary program consisting principally of biology and psychology courses. Courses that contribute to meeting the requirements of this major are all listed in biology and psychology departmental listings. In addition to structured coursework, majors are strongly urged to take independent research courses with neuroscience faculty (NEUR 4700, BIOL 4010, and/or PSYC 4900). The neuroscience major is especially suited for students interested in careers in medicine or research.

Major, Bachelor of Science (32 hours) - minor required - Spring 2019 course requirements

Minor (20 hours)
One required course

  • PSYC 3300 or BIOL 3300 (3)

* Any combination of the following courses (17)

  • BIOL 4010**, 4180, 4200, 4280, 4400, 4710, 4900**
  • NEUR 4500, 4700
  • PSYC 3280, 3310, 3320, 3330, 3340, 3350, 3360, 3810, 4400**, 4900**

* Most of these courses have prerequisite(s) associated with them (consent of instructor is often sufficient). See course descriptions for necessary prerequisites. The number of additional credit hours a student might need could range from 0 to 22.

** Must have approval of neuroscience program to count toward minor.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Courses that are used to satisfy requirements for a major or another minor cannot also be used to satisfy the requirements of the Neuroscience minor. For example, a psychology major who is using PSYC 3330 to meet the requirements of the Psychology major cannot use the same course in meeting the requirements of the Neuroscience minor.


Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Neuroscience are expected to be able to:

  • Understand the scientific process and the design and implementation of experiments;
  • Evaluate evidence and differentiate between scientific fact and unscientific arguments;
  • Present scientific information in oral and written formats appropriate to scientific and nonscientific audiences;
  • Understand the basic principles of neuroscience, behavior, and the integration of the two fields;
  • Read and comprehend primary research literature of the biological sciences;
  • 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.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
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.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
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.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)
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.