Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience: Systems, Behavior & Plasticity

The Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience includes 52-54 required credits: 25 credits in Neuroscience, 6-8 credits in electives on neuroscience topics from a variety of participating departments, and 21 credits of co-requisite courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology. Students majoring in Neuroscience will be strongly encouraged to participate in research by taking courses in independent study as part of their elective credits for the major. Independent study opportunities will be offered in many of the laboratories of the more than 130 neuroscientist faculty members in the various colleges and schools participating in Temple University's Neuroscience Program.

Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements:

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific courses required for this major are NSCI 3096 and NSCI 4197.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including:
    • 90 credits in CLA/CST courses;
    • 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999).
      • For Social Science majors, 6 upper level credits (numbered 2000-4999) must be taken in Humanities Subject Areas: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek (Ancient), Greek and Roman Classics, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Philosophy, Religion, Russian, and Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts, Art History in the Tyler School of Art, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.
    • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.
    • Professional Development Requirement

      • All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. Either PSY 1002 Careers in Psychology or CLA 1002 Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors would be an appropriate course option for this major. Other courses that fulfill this requirement may be found on the CLA College Requirements page. Only one course in this category may count towards graduation.
    • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, or minor requirements.
    • Note: For Neuroscience majors, there is no CLA Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirement because it is a Bachelor of Science program. However, students are strongly encouraged to take the third level of a foreign language as it is the minimum required for election to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa. (Taking the course does not guarantee admission but not taking it guarantees exclusion.)

General Electives are typically one-third of a student's program of study and can be focused on a second major, a minor, or towards some other personal enrichment or professional goals. See an academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan for these courses.

Major Requirements (52-54 credits):

Required Courses
BIOL 1012General Biology II4
CHEM 1031
CHEM 1033
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 1032
CHEM 1034
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
4
PSY 1001Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 1003Statistics for Psychology3
NSCI 1051Fundamentals of Neuroscience3
NSCI 2001Functional Neuroanatomy3
NSCI 2121Development/Plasticity/Repair3
NSCI 2122Cellular Neuroscience3
NSCI 2222The Neurobiology of Disease3
NSCI 3087Techniques in Neuroscience3
NSCI 3096Conducting Neuroscience Research3
NSCI 4197Capstone in Neuroscience4
Foundations Courses:
Select one of the following:3
Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience
Foundations of Cognitive Neuroscience
Electives
Select two of the following:6-8
Human Neuroscience
Independent Study in Communication Sciences
Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind
Current Topics in Neuroscience
Independent Study in Neuroscience 1
Independent Study in Neuroscience 2
Collaborative Research I
Collaborative Research II
Foundations of Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology
Neuroscience of Development and Aging
Psychopharmacology
Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Independent Study in Cognitive Neuroscience I
Independent Study in Cognitive Neuroscience II
Independent Research II
Cell Structure and Function
Systems Neuroscience
Neural Basis of Animal Behavior
Organization and Development of the Nervous System
Cooperative Research
Drug Analysis
Electricity and Magnetism
Total Credit Hours52-54

Students should check prerequisites for all courses.

Combining the Major in Neuroscience with Major or Minor Programs in Psychology

Students who choose to double-major in Neuroscience and Psychology may count the following courses towards both majors without taking replacement coursework:

For students who major in Neuroscience and minor in Psychology, the following courses may count towards both programs without taking replacement coursework:

Distinction in Neuroscience Major

Majors in Neuroscience: Systems, Behavior and Plasticity have the opportunity to be awarded departmental distinction upon graduation. Graduation with Distinction can be achieved by maintaining a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better in all Neuroscience Courses, completing two semesters of Independent Study in Neuroscience (NSCI 4182 & NSCI 4282) with an A- or better, and successfully completing a neuroscience research project based on the independent study work and described in a research paper and poster presented to Neuroscience Program faculty and students.

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience: Systems, Behavior & Plasticity

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours14
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
NSCI 1051Fundamentals of Neuroscience3
PSY 1001Introduction to Psychology3
BIOL 1012General Biology II4
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
NSCI 2001Functional Neuroanatomy3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CLA 1002Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors11
GenEd Breadth Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Elective3
PSY 1003Statistics for Psychology3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective2
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CLA/CST 2000+ Humanities/CST Course3
NSCI 3096Conducting Neuroscience Research [WI]3
CHEM 1031
CHEM 1033
General Chemistry I24
NSCI 2121Development/Plasticity/Repair3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CLA/CST 2000+ Humanities/CST Course3
CHEM 1032
CHEM 1034
General Chemistry II24
NSCI 2122Cellular Neuroscience3
NSCI 2222The Neurobiology of Disease3
Select one of the following:3
Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience 
Foundations of Cognitive Neuroscience 
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
NSCI 3087Techniques in Neuroscience3
One 2000+ Elective From the Approved List3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
NSCI 4197Capstone in Neuroscience [WI]4
One 2000+ Elective From the Approved List4
CLA/CST 2000+ Elective3
CLA/CST 2000+ Elective3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College2
 Term Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours: 123
1

Students may substitute PSY 1002 for this requirement.

2

CHEM 1031/CHEM 1033 and CHEM 1032/CHEM 1034 fulfill the GenEd Science & Technology requirement. Prerequisite for CHEM 1031 is MATH 1021 with a C or better or placement into MATH 1022.