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Neuroscience at UE

Students who major in Neuroscience at UE will have the opportunity to work with talented faculty from multiple disciplines who mentor them in preparation for careers ranging from professor and physician to pharmaceutical or biotechnical positions.


Students interested in how the brain regulates thoughts and behavior may earn a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in neuroscience. Eventual career options include teaching and research as a university professor, employment with a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company as a research scientist, and practice as a physician or other health care provider. Students interested in neuroscience may, as an option, pursue a major in psychology with a specialization in behavioral neuroscience. The requirements run very close to those listed below for the neuroscience major. See the university catalog for details.

Major Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience at the University of Evansville, students must complete the following 120-hour curriculum.

Required Lower-Division Courses (34-36 hours)

  • BIOL-107 General Biology (4 credits)
  • BIOL-108 General Zoology (3 credits)
  • CHEM-118 Principles of Chemistry (4 credits)
  • PSYC-121 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • PHIL-121 Introductory Ethics (3 credits) or
  • MATH-134 Survey of Calculus (3 credits) or MATH-221 Calculus I (4 credits)
  • CHEM-240 Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • PSYC-245 Statistics for Psychologists (4 credits)
  • PSYC-246 Research Methods in Psychology (4 credits)

Required Upper-Division Courses - 28 hours

  • BIOL-331 Genetics (4 credits)
  • BIOL-425 Developmental Biology (4 credits)
  • BIOL-427 Animal Physiology (4 credits)
  • CHEM-341 Organic Chemistry II (5 credits)
  • CHEM-370 Biochemistry I (3 credits)
  • CHEM-371 Biochemistry I Lab (1 credits)
  • PSYC-357 Neuropsychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC-358 Neuropsychology Lab (1 credits)
  • PSYC-457 Advanced Neuroscience (3 credits)

Technical Elective Tracks

Choose twelve hours from one of the following tracks:

  • Behavioral Neuroscience Elective Track
    • BIOL-333 Animal Behavior (3 credits)
    • BIOL-350 Vertebrate Zoology (4 credits)
    • PHYS-121 Algebra Physics I (4 credits)
    • PHYS-122 Algebra Physics II (4 credits)
    • PSYC-259 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
    • PSYC-355 Sensation & Perception (3 credits)
    • PSYC-366 Cognitive Psychology (3 credits)
    • PSYC-450 Learning (3 credits)
    • PSYC-466 Cognitive Development (3 credits)
  • Molecular Neuroscience Elective Track
    • BIOL-430 Microbiology (4 credits)
    • BIOL-440 Cell Biology (4 credits)
    • BIOL-442 Immunology (4 credits)
    • BIOL-445 Molecular Biology (4 credits)
    • CHEM-360 Quantitative Analysis (4 credits)
    • CHEM-473 Biochemistry II (3 credits)
    • CHEM-474 Biochemistry II Lab (1 credits)
    • PHYS-210 Calculus Physics I (4 credits)
    • PHYS-211 Calculus Physics II (4 credits)

Senior Seminar

  • BIOL-480 Senior Seminar I (2 credits)
  • BIOL-480 Senior Seminar I (2 credits)
  • PSYC-490 Senior Review & Senior Thesis (3 credits)

Elective Courses - 19-21 hours

Elective courses should be chosen carefully in consultation with an advisor to complement a student's education and career goals.

Remaining General Education Courses - 22 hours

All students at the University of Evansville must complete a general education program according to the following distribution. See the UE 2007-2009 Catalog for the precise requirements.

  • American Traditions (3)
  • The Creative Dimension (3)
  • Foreign Language (6)
  • Health and Wellness (1)
  • Human Behavior and Society (3) Met with the Requirements above
  • International Perspectives (3)
  • Mathematical Thought (3) Met with the Requirements Above
  • The Philosophical / Spiritual Dimension (3) Met with the Requirements Above
  • Science and Technology (7) Met with the Requirements Above
  • Senior Seminar (3) Met with the Requirements Above
  • World Cultures (6)