Undergraduate neuroscience

Bachelor of Science Degree In Neuroscience

Neuroscience is an inter-disciplinary field aimed at understanding how the nervous system interacts with the environment and other internal systems to give rise to complex processes that include sensory perception, learning and memory, emotion, cognition and action. As such, it borrows from other disciplines such as Biology, Psychology, Philosophy and Chemistry. Majoring in Neuroscience imbues the student with core knowledge from these other majors so that students graduate with an appreciation for how the nervous system develops, is organized and communicates in the service of behavior. An understanding of how the nervous system functions is dependent on ever-developing technology. Neuroscience majors will thus have the opportunity to witness innovation through laboratory courses and undergraduate research experiences.

The Neuroscience major attracts the top students at UIC. It boasts the highest percentage of graduates matriculating to medical school and the highest percentage of students graduating with honors or distinction. Our graduates successfully apply to graduate school, for fellowship opportunities at the National Institutes for Health and win awards for scientific presentations at national and international conferences. An undergraduate degree also prepares our students for work in the private sector (e.g. biotechnology, pharmaceutical industries) or other professional schools (e.g. law, business).

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Program Administration

The Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience (LIN) sponsors and administers this program. LIN includes faculty members with interests in neuroscience from four departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. These are: Biological Sciences, Psychology, Chemistry and Philosophy.

Tricia Stark, Margaret Kalish, and Patrick Falk are the advisors for the Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. If students would like to meet with one of them to review your credits and to plan your path to graduation with a degree in Neuroscience, go to https://shibboleth-uic-insight.symplicity.com/sso/ to schedule an appointment.

Professor John Leonard, Department of Biological Sciences and Professor David Wirtshafter, Department of Psychology are Co-Directors of Undergraduate Studies in Neuroscience.

The curriculum is intended for students planning advanced study in neuroscience; those who will be pursing a medical degree, and those seeking employment and careers in the life sciences upon completing their bachelor's degree.
The 200-level introductory feeder courses are BioS 286 and Psch 262. In other words, you must complete either BioS 286 or Psch 262 prior to declaring the major.
Students entering the Neuroscience program must have a 3.0 grade point average
(A = 4.0).
The program requires a grade point average of 2.0 (A = 4.0) for advancement and graduation.
Neuroscience majors are strongly encouraged to do independent research with one or more of the program faculty.

Have a look at the B.S. in Neuroscience Curriculum

Nu Rho Psi Honor Society

UIC has an active chapter of the national honors society for neuroscience.

Undergraduate Scholarship and Internship Opportunities

Undergraduate Summer Internship with Society for Neuroscience 
Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Student Travel Awards
Summer Internship Opportunities