Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program

The Neuroscience Program at the University of St. Thomas is an interdisciplinary, research-intensive major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. We offer a diverse array of courses that explore the biological, chemical and psychological processes that underlie behavior. Our faculty engage undergraduate students in active research programs, are perennial recipients of external funding, and publish in leading journals in the field.

Our program focuses on understanding the biological basis of neural processing, behavior and cognition. Because neuroscience requires a broad, interdisciplinary foundation in the natural sciences, the major requires students to complete foundational courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics and psychology. In upper division courses, students read and discuss primary research articles, and carry out independent laboratory research. Flexibility in course selection at the upper division level allows further specialization in accord with student interest. Students who successfully complete this major are well-prepared for graduate study in neuroscience or in related disciplines. The Program is jointly administered by the Biology and Psychology Departments.

Faculty at St. Thomas are dedicated to outstanding teaching, mentorship, and research. In addition to a research-intensive, lab-based curriculum, students have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on research projects. Students in the Neuroscience Program have presented their research at regional meetings such as MidBrains and the Minnesota Academy of Science, and at international conferences including the Society for Neuroscience, Experimental Biology and the American Psychological Association annual meetings.


The University of St. Thomas Program in Neuroscience is an institutional member of the Society for Neuroscience and of the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience