Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience

Students majoring in neuroscience will complete a 120 credit-hour curriculum (plus a required 2-credit class in health). They will learn fundamental principles and up-to-date advances in the field of neuroscience.The program will build on a strong foundation of required courses in the physical sciences and mathematics (chemistry, computer science, calculus, statistics and physics) in order to prepare students with the analytical skills needed to address the complexity of problems in neuroscience.The program will emphasize technological methods and innovations that have been critical, as well as ones needed to continue progress in neuroscience.

APPH 1040Scientific Foundations of Health2
or APPH 1050 The Science of Physical Activity and Health
Core A - Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1552Integral Calculus4
or MATH 1555 Calculus for Life Sciences
Core B - Institutional Options
CS 1301Introduction to Computing3
or CS 1315 Introduction to Media Computation
or CS 1371 Computing for Engineers
Core C - Humanities
Any HUM 6
Core D - Science, Math, & Technology
PHYS 2211Introductory Physics I4
PHYS 2212Introductory Physics II4
MATH 1551Differential Calculus2
MATH 1553Introduction to Linear Algebra 12
or MATH 1554 Linear Algebra
or MATH 1564 Linear Algebra with Abstract Vector Spaces
Core E - Social Sciences
Select one of the following:3
The United States to 1877
The United States since 1877
American Government in Comparative Perspective
Government of the United States
American Constitutional Issues
PSYC 1101General Psychology3
Any SS 6
Core F - Courses Related to Major
CHEM 1310General Chemistry 24
or CHEM 1211K Chemical Principles I
CHEM 1315Survey of Organic Chemistry 23
or CHEM 1212K Chemical Principles II
BIOL 1510Biological Principles4
CHEM 3511Biochemistry,Survey of Biochemistry 33
NEUR 2001Principles in Neuroscience4
Major Requirements
APPH 4400Human Neuroanatomy3
NEUR 3001Cell and Molecular Neuroscience3
PSYC 4020Biopsychology3
NEUR 3010Methods in Neuroscience3
Neuroscience Depth Electives18
Select one research based elective:
Neuroscience Research Project 4
Select one interest area elective:
Cell and Molecular Biology
and Cell and Molecular Biology Lab
Cognitive Neuroscience
Human Physiology
and Laboratory in Human Physiology
Select one statistics elective:
Experimental Design and Statistical Methods in Biology
Psychological Statistics 5
6-8 credits of additional Neuroscience electives
Breadth Electives15
Free Electives14
Total Credit Hours122

MATH 1553 (2 cr.) is preferred but MATH 1554 (Linear Algebra, 4 cr.) or MATH 1564 (Linear Algebra with Vector Spaces, 4 cr.) can satisfy this requirement with the excess 2 cr. to be applied to free electives.


Substitution required for students competing Chemistry, Biochemistry or pre-health Breadth Electives. Excess one credit applied to Depth or Free Elective.


 Allowable substitution: CHEM 4511 (required for pre-health students).


Four credits of NEUR 4699 credit is only allowed to substitute for NEUR 4001 if completing the Georgia Tech Research Option. The Research Option requires an additional 6 credits of research (an additional 2 credits of NEUR 4699 may be applied to “Additional Neuroscience Electives”; the additional 3 credits of research credit will be applied to Free Electives), and LMC 4701 (1 credit) and LMC 4702 (1 credit) (applied to Free Electives). A research proposal and thesis/report is also required to complete the Research Option.


 Only for students completing the Psychology Breadth Elective option.

Research Option

BS in Neuroscience students are able to complete the Georgia Tech Research Option.

To complete the research option for Neuroscience, the student must:

  • Complete ten units of supervised research, over a period of preferably three but at least two terms.
  • Research may be for either pay or credit [typically 4698 or 4699]* - for BS in Neuroscience, this will be NEUR 4699.
  • At least six credit hours must be on the same research project, broadly defined.
  • Write an undergraduate thesis or other substantial, written report showing results of the research.
  • A research proposal must be approved by a faculty advisor and one other faculty member. The proposal will normally be completed at the end of the student’s first semester of research, but must be approved at latest before the start of their final term of research. An approved proposal is required for admission to the class “Writing an Undergraduate Thesis” (see below).
  • The thesis/report must be approved and graded by two faculty members.
  • Theses will be published in the Georgia Tech Library.
  • Take the two-credit class “Writing an Undergraduate Thesis.”   [LMC 4701 and LMC 4702]