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.

Wellness Requirement
APPH 1040Scientific Foundations of Health2
or APPH 1050 The Science of Physical Activity and Health
or APPH 1060 Flourishing: Strategies for Well-being and Resilience
Institutional Priority
CS 1301Introduction to Computing3
or CS 1315 Introduction to Media Computation
or CS 1371 Computing for Engineers
Mathematics and Quantitative Skills
MATH 1552Integral Calculus4
or MATH 1555 Calculus for Life Sciences
Communicating in Writing
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
Political Science and U.S. History
HIST 2111The United States to 18773
or HIST 2112 The United States since 1877
or INTA 1200 American Government in Comparative Perspective
or POL 1101 Government of the United States
or PUBP 3000 American Constitutional Issues
Arts, Humanities, and Ethics
Any HUM 6
Technology, Mathematics, and Sciences
PHYS 2211Introductory Physics I4
PHYS 2212Introductory Physics II4
MATH 1551Differential Calculus2
or MATH 1550 Introduction to Differential Calculus
MATH 1553Introduction to Linear Algebra 12
or MATH 1554 Linear Algebra
or MATH 1564 Linear Algebra with Abstract Vector Spaces
Social Sciences
PSYC 1101General Psychology3
Any SS6
Field of Study
CHEM 1310Principles of General Chemistry for Engineers4
or CHEM 1211K Chemical Principles I
CHEM 1315Survey of Organic Chemistry for Engineers 23
or CHEM 2311 Organic Chemistry I
BIOS 1107Biological Principles3
or BIOS 1207 Biological Principles for Majors
BIOS 1107LBiological Principles Laboratory1
or BIOS 1207L Biological Principles Project Laboratory
CHEM 3511Survey of Biochemistry 33
NEUR 2001Principles in Neuroscience4
Major Requirements
NEUR 3001Cell and Molecular Neuroscience3
NEUR 3002Neural Systems, Networks, and Behavior3
NEUR 3003Neuroscience of Behavior3
NEUR 3010Methods in Neuroscience3
Neuroscience Depth Electives18
Select one research based elective:
Neuroscience Research Project 4
NEUR Thesis Option
Select one statistics elective: 5
Experimental Design and Statistical Methods in Biological Sciences
Introduction to Bioengineering Statistics
Statistics and Applications
Psychological Statistics
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Honors Probability and Statistics
Probability and Statistics with Applications
10-11 credits of additional Neuroscience electives 6
Integrative Genetics
Cell and Molecular Biology
Cell and Molecular Biology Lab
Human Anatomy
Laboratory in Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
Physiology Laboratory
Kinesiological Basis of Human Movement
Ion Channels
Human Neuroanatomy
Developmental Biology
Behavioral Biology
Evolutionary Developmental Biology – How to Build an Organism
Signaling Molecules
Biochemistry I
Biochemistry II
Undergraduate Research
Neuroscience of Memory
Undergraduate Research
Special Topics
Special Topics (Neurophysics)
Special Topics (Physical Principles of Living Systems)
Research Methods
Human Development Over the Life Span
Abnormal Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
Sensation and Perception
Human Sensation and Perception
Behavioral Pharmacology
Cognitive Neuroscience
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.


CHEM 2311 is an approved substitution for CHEM 1315 to fulfill Field of Study only for students who complete a full year of organic chemistry (i.e., both CHEM 2311 and CHEM 2312 or CHEM 2313 must be completed).


CHEM 4511 is an approved substitution for CHEM 3511 to fulfill Field of Study only for students who complete a full year of biochemistry (i.e., both CHEM 4511 and CHEM 4512 must be completed.


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.


PSYC 2020 may be completed only for students completing the Psychology Breadth Elective option.


Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Psychology Special Topics must be approved by Neuroscience Curriculum Committee

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]

BSMS Option

The BSMS Option allows eligible students to double count a maximum of 6 credit hours toward undergraduate and graduate requirements while still completing all other program requirements to earn both degrees. The credit must be approved coursework (4000-level or higher; not seminar or research credit) completed with a grade of 'B' or higher.

To apply for the option, undergraduate Neuroscience students must have at least 30 credit hours earned at Georgia Tech with an undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher, and fewer than 90 credits overall (including transfer credit).

The minimum GPA to graduate with an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience to continue to the MS in Psychology program is 3.0. The minimum GPA for graduation with the MS in 2.7.

Students will need to consult with an advisor to indicate which courses are sharing with the graduate degree in DegreeWorks.