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Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience

Be on the cutting edge. Neuroscience at the University of St. Thomas explores the various factors behind neural processes with interdisciplinary coursework from the natural and social sciences. You will have multiple opportunities to get involved with your fellow students, and also partner with faculty on impactful research.

Why Study Neuroscience at St. Thomas?

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary, research-intensive major offering a diverse array of courses exploring the biological, physiological and psychological processes behind neural processing. Engaging students in research is a core emphasis for our faculty, so you will have the opportunity to collaborate on innovative research in lab and field settings. Our graduates often go on to work in healthcare or pursue an advanced degree.

An Interdisciplinary Look at the Brain

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • By diving into foundational courses in biology and chemistry, you gain the necessary skills to perform cutting-edge scientific techniques in advanced courses as you progress in your college career. Your time at St. Thomas culminates with a capstone course exploring topics ranging from molecular biology to research issues in cognition.
    You begin by taking courses in biology, chemistry, calculus and psychology. From there, you complete advanced neuroscience classes and electives that pique your interest. We recommend connecting with a faculty member so you can carefully plan your undergraduate career at St. Thomas.
    Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience

    Course Requirements

    By diving into foundational courses in biology and chemistry, you gain the necessary skills to perform cutting-edge scientific techniques in advanced courses as you progress in your college career. Your time at St. Thomas culminates with a capstone course exploring topics ranging from molecular biology to research issues in cognition.

    Four-Year Plan

    You begin by taking courses in biology, chemistry, calculus and psychology. From there, you complete advanced neuroscience classes and electives that pique your interest. We recommend connecting with a faculty member so you can carefully plan your undergraduate career at St. Thomas.

    Degrees Awarded

    Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience
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    Career Paths

    Neuroscience students at St. Thomas have multiple career paths based on their practical skills and knowledge. Some possible careers include:
    • Physician
    • Pharmacist
    • Psychiatrist
    • Technical writer
    • Clinical psychologist
    • Research technician or assistant in a laboratory

    Unique course offerings

    Turn Your Gray Matter Purple

    Principles of Neuroscience

    This course covers fundamental biological processes in the brain and nervous system, the role of the nervous system in human and animal behavior, and how environmental influences impact these processes at the cellular and organismal levels.

    Neuroscience of Meditation

    How do contemplative practices, such as meditation or yoga, change the brain, mind and body? This class examines the scientific evidence for the neurobiological effects of contemplation and how these relate to changes in emotion, cognition and behavior.

    Neurobiology of Drug Use and Abuse

    This course examines the biological aspects of drug action and effects, and drug addiction. It also explores drug addiction from a psychological perspective and discusses how drug addiction can be treated.

    Stretching Your Brain

    Our program prides itself on providing study abroad opportunities, collaborative research with faculty and a vibrant student-run club for you to get involved with at St. Thomas.

    Get Involved

    Events, research and professional conferences—the possibilities are endless for getting involved on and off campus at St. Thomas.
    The Neuroscience Club hosts Brain Awareness Week each year as part of the larger global campaign to increase awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research.
    Students have the opportunity to present their research at many conferences such as the Society for Neuroscience annual conference, the world’s largest neuroscience conference.
    Dr. Roxanne Prichard is an award-winning research, speaker, author and professor. She regularly consults with St. Thomas and other NCAA teams about how sleep impacts athletic performance.
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    Ready for What's Next

    Neuroscience students at St. Thomas gain a practical skill set and knowledge because of our program’s interdisciplinary nature. No matter what their path is after graduation, our students are ready for the next chapter in their lives.