3445 Neuroscience

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience
    • Pre-Medical Concentration
  • Minor in Neuroscience
  • Dual B.S./M.S. Program in Neuroscience

Neuroscience Institute
Georgia State University
880 Petit Science Center
Atlanta, Georgia 30302-5030

Geert de Vries, Director
Donald H. Edwards, Undergraduate Director
Aras Petrulis, Associate Undergraduate Director
Yvette Hilaire, Undergraduate Coordinator
Kyle Frantz, Undergraduate Committee
Gennady Cymbaluk, Undergraduate Committee
Eddy Nahmias, Undergraduate Committee

Neuroscience is interdisciplinary, as shown by our faculty and the major course offerings. Faculty are drawn from twelve departments, including Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Education, Law, Mathematics and Statistics, Neuroscience, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, and Psychology (see neuroscience.gsu.edu/directory/ for a full list). They will teach courses in cell and molecular neuroscience, computational neuroscience, neuroethology (animal behavior), drugs and the nervous system, and medical neuroanatomy, among many others.  For advisement questions, students should contact the Undergraduate Administrator (404/413-3566) who will help connect them with an appropriate faculty adviser.

Program Degree Requirements

In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

B.S. in Neuroscience

Areas A-E: Core Curriculum Recommendations

  1. Recommended course in Area A:
    • MATH 1113 Precalculus (3) (or a higher-level mathematics course)
  2. Recommended course in Area B:
  3. Recommended course in Area D:
  4. Area D Math requirement:
    • Any one math course not taken in Area A from the following choices:  Math 2201 (4), 2202 (4), or any comparable higher-level math.

Area F: Courses Appropriate tthe Major (18)

  1. Required Courses (16 hours):

    ** Students who decide to major in Neuroscience after completing BIOL 1103K may use BIOL 1103K for credit toward Area F if they complete BIOL 2108K and BIOL 2800 before enrolling in major courses (Area G)

    *** Students whdecide tmajor in neuroscience after completing BIOL 1103K and BIOL 1104K may use these courses for credit toward Area F if they complete BIOL 2800 before enrolling in major courses (Area G).

  2. Recommended Course tcomplete Area F (2 hours)
    • ANTH 2010 Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3)
    • BIOL 2240 Human Physiology (3)
    • NEUR 2500 Neurobiology and Behavior (2) Cross-listed with Biol 2500)
    • BIOL 2800 Introduction to Molecular Biology (2)
    • CHEM 2010 Introduction to Quantitative Analysis (2)
    • CHEM 2400 Organic Chemistry I (4)
    • PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
    • PSYC 1100 Natural Aspects of Psychology (2)
    • PSYC 2050 Introduction to Drugs and Behavior (3)
    • PSYC 2080 Sex, Evolution, and Human Behavior (3)

Area G: Major Courses (36 hours) (A grade of C or better is required in all area G courses)

  1. Neuroscience Core Requirements (15 hours)
    • NEUR 3000 Principles of Neuroscience (4)
    • NEUR 3010 Neuroscience Laboratory (4) (lab)
    • NEUR 3020 The Scientific Method in Neuroscience (4) (CTW)
    • NEUR 4910 Topics in Neuroscience (3) (CTW)
  2. Neuroscience Electives (at least 9 hours from the following list of courses, including 6 hours from courses with the NEUR prefix)
  3. Neuroscience-related Electives (at least 12 hours from courses on the list below, or from the list of Neuroscience Electives above, if the course is not being used tfulfill the Neuroscience Electives requirement). Other neuroscience-related electives not on this list may fulfill this elective requirement with permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Pre-Medicine Concentration

A pre-medicine concentration is available for B.S. in Neuroscience majors. Please contact the Undergraduate Coordinator of the NI for further information.

Pre-med students are also required to take:

Minor in Neuroscience

Students who wish to minor in Neuroscience must take NEUR 3000 Principles in Neuroscience and at least 12 additional hours in Neuroscience courses (any courses with Neur prefix).  A grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the minor.

Area H: Minor and Additional Courses

  1. Students majoring in Neuroscience are encouraged, but not required, to take a minor.
  2. Students majoring in Neuroscience must take additional courses as electives to complete 120 hours.  Students are encouraged to choose electives from the lists above.

Dual B.S./M.S. Program in Neuroscience

The institute offers a dual Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Neuroscience. The dual degree opportunity enables qualified students to enroll in graduate courses late in their undergraduate program and apply the coursework toward both the bachelor’s and master’s programs.

Students must be formally accepted into the dual degree program by the institute and College of Arts and Sciences to be able to take graduate courses as an undergraduate. Additionally, acceptance into the dual program does not constitute admission to the master’s program. Students must fulfill regular graduate admissions requirements and apply for the master’s program following college processes.

Information about the dual program, including application instructions and program requirements, can be found at cas.gsu.edu/dual-degrees/.