Neuroscience Degree Requirements

 

Pre-Neuroscience (B.S. Degree)

All students are admitted as “Pre-Neuroscience majors.” Students are automatically promoted to neuroscience majors when they have completed the following requirements.

Students enrolling at Baylor as freshmen:

  1. Completed the following PSY/NSC courses:
    1. NSC 1101 (Students who complete another New Student Experience course can substitute that course for NSC 1101.)
    2. PSY 1305
  2. Earned a B or better in NSC 1306. With permission of the chair or chair’s designee, followed by Dean’s approval, students who fail to earn a B may repeat the course one time. Transfer or AP credit may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
  3. Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 in no fewer than 45 hours completed at Baylor University.
  4. Students are eligible for promotion once they have earned 45 hours at Baylor University, and must complete the requirements for admission to the major before completing 75 hours.

Students enrolling as transfers:

  1. Completed PSY 1305
  2. Earned a B or better in NSC 1306. With permission of the chair or chair’s designee, followed by Dean’s approval, students who fail to earn a B may repeat the course one time. Transfer or AP credit may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
  3. Transfer students must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 in no fewer than 24 hours completed at Baylor University. Only courses taken at Baylor are used in the computation of GPAs.
  4. Transfer students are eligible for promotion as soon as they have completed 24 hours at Baylor University, and must complete the requirements once they have completed 45 hours at Baylor.

Exceptions to the above policies based on extenuating circumstances can be directed to the chair or chair’s designee.

 

B.S. Degree
Requirements for a Major in Neuroscience

Thirty-two semester hours including the following:

  1. NSC 1306-1106 (Introduction to Neuroscience and Lab) and 2306 (Research Methods in Neuroscience).
  2. Eight hours from the following:
    NSC 3311-3111 (Cognition and Lab)
    NSC 3320-3120 (Learning and Behavior and Lab)
    NSC 3323-3123 (Sensation and Perception and Lab)
  3. Six hours from the following:
    NSC 3311 (Cognition)
    NSC 3320 (Learning and Behavior)
    NSC 3323 (Sensation and Perception)
    NSC 3370 (Affective Neuroscience)
    NSC 3375 (Sleep)
    NSC 4312 (Behavioral Medicine)
    NSC 4317 (Neuroscience Literature)
    NSC 4371 (Advanced Research in Neuroscience)
    NSC 4V96 (Special Topics in Neuroscience).
    NOTE: Course cannot count for both B and C requirements. Only 3 hours of 4V96 may count toward the 6 required in this category.
  4. Advanced Neuroscience (11 hours):
    NSC 4319-4119 (Clinical Neuroscience and Lab)
    NSC 4330-4130 (Advanced Principles of Neural Science and Lab)
    NSC 4356 (Neuropharmacology).
  5. A grade of “C” or better is required in all psychology and/or neuroscience courses used for the major.
  6. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in NSC 1101 (New Student Experience) during their first semester on campus.

Required courses in other fields: A grade of "C" or better is required in each course.

  1. PSY 1305 (Psychological Science) and 4400 (Advanced Statistics I)
  2. BIO 1305-1105 and 1306-1106 (Modern Concepts in Biosciences I and II and Lab)
  3. CHE 1301-1101 and 1302-1102 (Basic Principles in Modern Chemistry I and II and Lab)
  4. MTH 1321 (Calculus I)
  5. STA 2381 (Introduction to Statistical Methods)
  6. PHY 1408 and 1409 (General Physics for Natural Behavioral Sciences I and II); or 1420 and 1430 (General Physics I and II; requires Calculus II {MTH 1322})

NOTE: A student who earns a D or F in a PSY of NSC course may repeat the course. However, University policy prohibits students from taking a course more than three times. A withdrawal (W) counts as an attempt. Keep in mind for repeating courses!

For the above NSC courses, do not register for the cross-listed PSY course (e.g., PSY 3311 instead of NSC 3311) – it will not count toward your degree!

 

Majors and potential majors are encouraged to review "Advisement Information for Psychology Majors" or "Advisement Information for Neuroscience Majors" as an aid in academic advisement and career preparation. Hard copies can be picked up from the departmental office.