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How long will it take?

Most full-time students can complete the program in four years.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

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Students may enter the program in the Fall, Spring or Summer.

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Neuroscience, B.S.

Neuroscience is a dynamic and fast-growing field in science and medicine, exploring how the nervous system produces perceptions, thoughts, emotions and behavior. Neuroscientists address fundamental questions of nervous system function as well as health-related questions that affect society and every aspect of our lives. To answer these questions, neuroscience bridges many disciplines for a full understanding of how the nervous system works.

Our students learn about nervous system function from genes and molecules to behavior and cognition. Our program provides breadth in the fundamentals of nervous system function, along with flexibility to explore individual interests.

Our students engage in original research inside the classroom, and many of our students gain significant research experience outside of the classroom in the Neuroscience Institute or associate faculty labs. Our program emphasizes professional development instruction and practice to ensure our students are ready for neuroscience-related careers, graduate school or medical school.

The B.S. Program in Neuroscience is housed in the Neuroscience Institute, a rare example of an entire academic department devoted to neuroscience education and research.

As part of Georgia State’s racially, ethnically and socioeconomically diverse community, we work to create a welcoming and equitable environment where diverse voices are heard and recognized. We are proud to be a part of the journey of students from underrepresented communities in neuroscience.  A diverse science community brings diverse questions and answers to science.

Program Highlights
  • First-rate city for neuroscience
    Atlanta has a thriving neuroscience community and a very active chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. In addition to the extensive neuroscience research at Georgia State, there are opportunities for collaboration with researchers at Emory University, Georgia Tech, Morehouse School of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Training provided in advanced research centers and facilities
    In addition to laboratories within the Petit Science Center and Natural Science Center, there are numerous centers associated with the Neuroscience Institute.  For a list of research resources, see neuroscience.gsu.edu/research.
  • Exceptional number of science education and outreach programs
    Students have the opportunity to participate in rewarding programs aimed at increasing scientific literacy and brain awareness in the community, including K-12 students.

Program Details

High School Seniors and Recent Graduates
If you’re a senior in high school or if you graduated from high school within the last two years, you’ll apply to begin your bachelor’s degree program using Georgia State’s Common Application.

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International students
International applicants are those students who are in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa (B-1, H-1, J-1, etc.), students who are living outside the U.S. and who will require an F-1 visa to study in the United States, students who are in the process of applying for Permanent Residency status, but have not yet received the Permanent Residency card or students who have been educated outside the U.S.

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Transfer students
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The B.S. Program in Neuroscience begins with the mastery of fundamental chemistry and biology concepts, quickly leading to core and elective neuroscience courses.  Highlights of the program include:

  • An introductory neuroscience course that you can take as a first-semester freshman
  • A neuroscience-specific professional development course that helps you understand the careers available, and develops the skills you need to achieve your individual career goals
  • A sequence of courses to master the principles of neuroscience from molecules to behavior and cognition
  • A series of courses that teach you how to conduct neuroscience research
  • The opportunity to select from a variety of upper-level neuroscience electives that focus on your interests and career goals
  • Flexibility to select upper-level electives from other neuroscience-related departments across the University
  • Opportunities to engage in neuroscience research with faculty of the Neuroscience Institute and associated departments across the University
  • The option for a pre-medical concentration
  • A B.S./M.S. Program in Neuroscience [insert link] is also available, allowing students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s in five years

For more details, go to the course catalog.

For general tuition information, check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

Neuroscience majors at Georgia State engage in a wide variety of experiences leading to a comprehensive neuroscience undergraduate education. These curricular and extra-curricular experiences foster a variety of skills to support individual career goals. These include:

  • Demonstrating a strong understanding of fundamental neuroscience concepts, principles and research techniques
  • Synthesizing and critiquing information from the neuroscience research primary literature
  • Designing and performing neuroscience research experiments, and analyzing novel results
  • Communicating neuroscience concepts effectively using professional written and oral methods
  • Leadership, collegiality and networking in a diverse community

Our department offers numerous opportunities to get involved with neuroscience-oriented student organizations:

Volunteer opportunities to allow students to use what they’ve learned to enhance public science education include:

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Careers

The B.S. program in neuroscience prepares students to begin careers in neuroscience and participate in the discoveries that tomorrow’s society will need to understand the complex role of the nervous system in health and disease.

Students who plan to enter the workforce after completing this degree are well suited to jobs in health care, behavioral services, education and research support.

This program also offers a strong foundation for those who plan to continue to graduate school in neuroscience, neuropsychology, information science and other biomedical fields. Our program is well-suited for those interested in medical school to become doctors of any specialty, but especially neurology, neurosurgery and psychiatry.

Contacts

Main Office

Neuroscience Institute
Petit Science Center
Room 880
100 Piedmont Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Joseph Normandin, Ph.D.
404-413-5596
jnormandin1@gsu.edu

Shipping Address
Neuroscience Institute
Georgia State University
161 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30303

25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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