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Field of Study: Neuroscience

College preparation

For this program, schools recommend that you know how to use a computer and the Internet.

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

  • Pre-Calculus
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Advanced Biology courses
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Advanced Chemistry courses


Graduate admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Undergraduate degree in a science-related field that includes significant course work in inorganic and organic chemistry, biology, physics, and anatomy
  • Undergraduate courses in calculus and statistics


Typical course work

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

  • Anatomy of the Brain
  • Biodiversity and Evolution
  • Cell Biology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Human Behavior
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neuroscience and Drug Use
  • Physiology of the Brain
  • Psychology of Learning
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Systems Neuroscience

Most of your courses will require significant laboratory and research time.

Graduate programs that lead to a master's or doctoral degree typically include:

  • Required courses
  • Clinical practicum
  • Thesis (master's degree)
  • Preliminary exams (doctoral degree only)
  • Dissertation and dissertation defense (doctoral degree)