Neuroscience (BS)

Neuroscience is the interdisciplinary, scientific study of the brain and other aspects of the nervous system, to understand its structure and its relation to behavior, cognition, emotion, consciousness and experience.  Neuroscience is also used to study numerous disorders of the brain and nervous system. The brain is possibly the most complex structure that exists, with billions of neurons, each interconnected with thousands of other neurons.  

The Neuroscience program provides students with the opportunity to learn about the basic systems of the brain and nervous system building on the foundations of biology, (bio)chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and psychology. 

Neuroscience tools for studying and understanding the relation of brain and behavior range from genomics (including the active manipulation of gene expression as in optogenetics or transcranial magnetic stimulation to range from neural imaging tools that measure electrical activity (e.g., EEG, MEG) or blood flow associated with neural activitiy (e.g., fMRI).  The greater power and resolution of these tools continue to provide new insights into both the underlying neuroscience theories and therapeutic insights into medical conditions and disorders of the brain. 

At a Glance

  • College/School: The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 251 - Calculus for Life Sciences or MAT 265 Calculus for Engineers I or MAT 270 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
  • Math Intensity: Moderate
Required Courses (Major Map)

Career Opportunities

The bachelor's degree in neuroscience prepares students for work in fields such as:

  • academic research
  • bioengineering
  • biotechnology
  • data science
  • medical research
  • medicine
  • neuropsychology
  • pharmaceutical research and development
  • physical rehabilitation
  • speech rehabilitation.

Graduates are also competitive for entry into graduate-level programs in biomedical fields that prepare them for careers in medicine, nursing, clinical professions, technology or veterinary medicine. Career examples include but are not limited to those shown in the following list. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Career*Growth*Median Salary
15.2%
$78,240
10.2%
$43,800
7.2%
$88,040
9.9%
$118,970
  
not available
Health Sciences Manager 
9.9%
$118,970
10.5%
$97,740
5.6%
$124,170
11.4%
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17.8%
$76,610

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).