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Neuroscience (Neurobiology)

Neuroscience, the study of the brain and nervous system, is one of the most exciting and rapidly growing areas of science. Exploring knowledge of the brain and behavior offers a window into understanding human nature and our society. It is explicitly interdisciplinary, spanning a wide range of research topics and methods aimed at understanding basic nervous system function and causes of brain and nervous system diseases.


Quick Info

Program Code


Real-World Learning Components



4 years

Admission Criteria



Main Campus

Freshman Class Profile for this Major

2.948 - 3.702 (4 pt. scale)
25.0 - 30.0
1160 - 1460


McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


605 Rieveschl
PO Box 210006
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0006
Ilya Vilinsky
Phone: 513-556-9749

Student Success Factors

The successful neuroscience major has both a strong background in science and a strong interest in pursuing scientific research as a career. Those planning a future in academic education, medicine or law benefit from the development of foundational research skills, including statistical analysis of experimental results, experimental design and methodology, and basic laboratory techniques.

Career Possibilities

Graduates with a BS in neuroscience from the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) are prepared for a wide range of career options and unlimited opportunities for graduate study. They include:

  • Medicine
  • Academic research
  • Pharmaceutical or biotech research
  • Clinical psychology
  • Psychology research
  • Academic science education
  • Developing therapeutics or prosthetics for the brain and nervous system
  • Scientific writing
  • Law, economics or business with a neuroscience perspective


Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

The neuroscience major at UC emphasizes classroom instruction in the basic sciences that make up contemporary neuroscience, laboratory instruction in research techniques relevant to the discipline and extensive opportunities for research experience. The interdisciplinary major develops students' scientific knowledge and skills in reading, writing, laboratory methods and experimental design.

There are three areas of concentration ("tracks") for those seeking a bachelor of science degree in neuroscience: neurobiology; neuropsychology; and brain, mind and behavioral studies. Each is designed to prepare students for a variety of career paths.

The neuroscience program is interdisciplinary, with neuroscientists participating from three departments within A&S (biology, psychology and philosophy), from numerous departments in the UC College of Medicine (cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy, molecular and cellular physiology, molecular genetics, biochemistry, microbiology and psychiatry), the biomedical engineering program and CIncinnati Children's Hospital (developmental biology, pediatrics). Majors are required to take common core courses, to attend seminars and discussion groups that integrate concepts from the fields of biology, psychology and philosophy, and to take upper level courses from a track or tracks other than the one in which they specialize. The common core stresses basic scientific knowledge across the disciplines making up contemporary neuroscience.


The UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences' flexible degree requirements allow for and highly encourage students to pursue multiple areas of study. Free electives allow for enough credits for students to pursue a minor, certificate program or even complete a second major. Some of the most common pairings are listed below.

  • Biological sciences
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Mathematical sciences



These tools assist students to identify course requirements and individual progress toward completion of academic programs. It is important to utilize these resources with personalized guidance from a UC academic advisor regularly to ensure timely graduation..

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Curriculum Guide Versions:

NS-B Neuroscience (Neurobiology) Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Fall (Year 1)
    • BIOL1081, Biology I: Molecules, Cells, and the Foundation of Life, NS, 3
    • BIOL1081L, Biology I Laboratory, NS, 1
    • CHEM1040, General Chemistry I, NS, 4
    • CHEM1040L, General Chemistry Laboratory I, NS, 1
    • MATH1044, Applied Calculus I, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Sciences (SS) Course , SS, 3
    Spring (Year 1)
    • BIOL1082, Biology II: Evolution, Physiology, and Ecology, NS, 3
    • BIOL1082L, Biology II Laboratory, NS, 1
    • CHEM1041, General Chemistry II, NS, 4
    • CHEM1041L, General Chemistry Laboratory II, NS, 1
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Historical Perspective (HP) Course, HP, 3
    Summer (Year 1)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 2)
    • BIOL2081C, Genetics and Cell Biology, 4
    • CHEM2040, Organic Chemistry I, 4
    • CHEM2040L, Organic Chemistry Laboratory I, 1
    • NS2001, Fundamentals of Neuroscience I, NS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language Sequence, 5
    Spring (Year 2)
    • CHEM2041, Organic Chemistry II, 4
    • CHEM2041L, Organic ChemistryLaboratory II, 1
    • NS2002, Fundamentals of Neuroscience II, NS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language Sequence, 5
    • STAT1034, Elementary Statistics I, QR, 3
    Summer (Year 2)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 3)
    • BIOL3021, Human/Comparative Physiology, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) Course, HU, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective Course, 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    Spring (Year 3)
    • BIOL4041, Sensory physiology, 3
    • HISTxxxx, HIST Course, HP, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Neurobiology Track Elective Course - See List Below, 4
    • XXXXxxxx, Social & Ethical Issues (SE) or Technology & Innovation (TI) Course -- may double count, SE, TI, 0 - 3
    • NS4010, Neurophysiology Laboratory, 3
    Summer (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 4)
    • XXXX2xxx, Out of Track Elective -- See Course List Below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Neurobiology Track Elective - See List Below, 3 - 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective Courses, 8
    Spring (Year 4)
    • XXXXxxxx, Capstone- See Course List Below, 3 - 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) Course, HU, FA, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Sciences (SS) Course, SS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective Courses, 6
    Summer (Year 4)
    • N/A
    Neurobiology Track Electives
    • ANTH2079, Medical Anthropology, DC, SS, 3
    • BIOL2082C, Ecology, Evolution, and Population Genetics, 4
    • BIOL2090, Tools and Ethics in Biology Research, 1
    • BIOL3020C, Human/Comparative Anatomy, 4
    • BIOL3030, Human Genetics, 3
    • BIOL4020C, Invertebrate Zoology, 4
    • BIOL4022C, Vertebrate Zoology, 4
    • BIOL4030, Animal Behavior, 3
    • BIOL4052, Developmental Biology, 3
    • BIOL4060, Population Biology, 3
    • BIOL4061, Molecular Genetics of Eukaryotes, 3
    • BIOL4091C, Biotechnology Laboratory Methods, 4
    • BIOL6002C, Bioinformatics, 4
    • BIOL6030, Advanced Cell Biology, 3
    • BIOL6051, Comparative Endocrinology, 3
    • BIOL6077, Evolutionary Biology, 3
    • BIOL6081, Immune Defense and Disease, 3
    • BIOL6093C, Human Physiology & Biomechanics, 4
    • CHEM3040, Introduction to Biochemistry, 3
    • PSYC3024, Functional Neuroanatomy, 3
    Out-of-track Electives
    • PHIL2010, Symbolic Logic , QR, 3
    • PHIL2011, Logic of Decision , QR, HU, 3
    • PHIL2029, Medical Ethics, TI, HU, 3
    • PHIL2040, Philosophy and Technology , TI, HU, 3
    • PHIL2041, Minds and Machines , TI, HU, 3
    • PHIL3000, Epistemology , HU, 3
    • PHIL3010, Philosophy of Language , HU, 3
    • PHIL3020, Normative Ethics , SE, HU, 3
    • PHIL3023, Science, Philosophy and Society , SE, HU, 3
    • PHIL3028, Bioethics , SE, HU, 3
    • PHIL3030, Philosophy of Mind , HU, 3
    • PHIL3040, Philosophy of Science , 3
    • PHIL3041, Philosophy of Biology , 3
    • PHIL3042, Philosophy of Psychology , HU, SS, 3
    • PHIL3043, The Darwinian Revolution , HP, HU, 3
    • PHIL3044, Issues of the Information Age , SE, HU, 3
    • PHIL3045, Philosophy and Cognitive Ethology , HU, 3
    • PHIL3046, Metaphysical Foundations of Technology , TI, HU, 3
    • PHIL3062, History of Philosophy: Rationalism , HP, HU, 3
    • PHIL3063, History of Philosophy: Empiricism , HP, HU, 3
    • PHIL4000, Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Mind , 3
    • PHIL4020, Advanced Topics in Ethical Theory , 3
    • PHIL4042, Advanced Topics in Philosophy and the Life Sciences , 3
    • PHIL4062, Descartes , 3
    • PHIL4064, Kant , 3
    • PHIL4067, Wittgenstein , 3
    • PSYC2005, Child and Adolescent Development, SS, 3
    • PSYC2007, Psychology of Adulthood and Aging, SS, 3
    • PSYC2020, Introduction to Cognitive Psychology, SS, 3
    • PSYC2030, Sensation and Perception, NS, 3
    • PSYC2051, Abnormal Psychology, SS, 3
    • PSYC2070, Psychobiology, NS, 3
    • PSYC3020, Cognitive Neuropsychology, 3
    • PSYC3022, Lifespan Brain Development, 3
    • PSYC3023, Psychological Measurement & Testing, 3
    • PSYC3025, Cognitive Science, 3
    • PSYC3026, Broken Brains, 3
    • PSYC3027, Principles of Behavior Modification, 3
    • PSYC3035, Theories of Clinical Intervention, 3
    • PSYC3043, Human Performance, 3
    • PSYC3044, Cognitive Development, 3
    • PSYC3045, Dynamics of Perception and Action, 3
    • PSYC3062, Brains on Drugs, 3
    • PSYC3070, Substance Use and Abuse, 3
    • PSYC3072, Special Topics in Neuropsychology, 3
    • PSYC3074, Special Topics in Experimental Psychology, 3
    • PSYC4002, Senior Seminar in Experimental Psychology, 3
    • PSYC4003, Senior Seminar in Neuropsychology, 3
    • BIOL4095, Undergraduate Research, 1 - 6
    • BIOL4096, Undergraduate Research, 1 - 6
    • BIOL4097, Undergraduate Research, 1 - 6
    • NS4099, Capstone Research in Neuroscience, 1 - 4
    • PHIL5099, Philosophy Capstone, 3

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Special Programs

Undergraduate Research
Neuroscience is a major area of research strength and academic excellence at the University of Cincinnati. Many of our neuroscience faculty are world-recognized bench researchers in cognitive/computational neuroscience, developmental neurobiology, functional brain imaging, motivation and reward, neuroendocrinology, neuroplasticity and regeneration, sensory physiology, and sensation and perception. The neuroscience community at UC also includes leading clinical researchers working on neurological and psychiatric disorders such as stroke, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, substance abuse, bipolar disorder and obesity. There is research strength, as well, in animal behavior and its physiological mechanisms.

Undergraduate neuroscience research opportunities will be enhanced by the contributions of faculty on two campuses: the medical campus and the west (main) campus. Students will be able to choose from more applied clinically-oriented research to more basic scientific research. This combination provides opportunities not available to neuroscience majors at smaller colleges and universities, and often not capitalized on at larger research universities.

Interdisciplinary Capstone Project
The interdisciplinary core capstone project required of each student is unique in that it requires a collaboration of at least two of the program curricular tracks. The capstone involves a research project under the mentorship of two of the program's faculty whose research and teaching interests lie in different program tracks, or acceptable faculty and labs in other colleges or departments (e.g., the neuroscience graduate program, biomedical engineering). The program director and the laboratory and research experience coordinator will assist each student in finding appropriate mentors for his or her capstone project. The goal of the capstone experience for each student is a poster suitable for presentation at a scientific conference. Selected capstone posters will be posted around the neuroscience (or a related departmental) office.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 at most recent institution
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

Changing Majors Within UC

Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • at least a 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses (both at UC and at other institutions)
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, students must:

  • Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the college.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Application Deadlines

While midyear admission is possible, fall semester is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that semester. Applicants to the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).


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