Neuroscience, BS

At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • Math Intensity: Moderate program math intensity moderate
  • Initial Math Course: MAT 251 - Calculus for Life Sciences

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Discover how the brain and nervous system function to produce behavior, cognition and emotion. Work alongside award-winning faculty in labs at the leading edge of neuroscience research. Spanning four foundational areas of neuroscience, this program will guide you toward a career in health and research-related fields.

Program Description

Neuroscientists seek to understand how the brain and nervous system operate to control bodily function, behavior and our mental states. Students in this program receive comprehensive interdisciplinary training at the crossroads of biology, chemistry and psychology, along with specialized focus in key neuroscience domains:

  • Behavioral neuroscience: How does the brain work to control behavior?
  • Cellular and molecular neuroscience: How do the cells of the nervous system work?
  • Cognitive neuroscience: How does brain activity underlie our thoughts and emotions?
  • Systems neuroscience: How do the billions of neurons work together?

In addition to reviewing the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit The College's website for more information and requirements.

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:


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Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.

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Career Outlook

The neuroscience degree equips students for diverse career trajectories in health and research, as well as a variety of STEM fields. Graduates are well prepared for professional opportunities in academic research, bioengineering, biotechnology, data science, law, medicine, medical research, psychology, pharmaceutical research and development, and physical and speech rehabilitation.

This program's rigorous curriculum imparts skills that are applicable across the health sciences, offering graduates the flexibility they need to help take their first steps toward their chosen profession. Furthermore, students gain the foundational knowledge necessary to excel in competitive graduate-level programs within biomedical fields such as medicine, nursing, clinical professions, technology and veterinary medicine.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 8.6%
  • Median Salary*: 81650
  Bright Outlook

Biological Technicians

  • Growth: 4.7%
  • Median Salary*: 49650
  Bright Outlook

Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers

  • Growth: 5.1%
  • Median Salary*: 99550
  Bright Outlook

Clinical Research Coordinators

  • Growth: 4.8%
  • Median Salary*: 144440
  Bright Outlook

Data Scientists

  • Growth: 35.2%
  • Median Salary*: 103500
  Bright Outlook

Natural Sciences Managers

  • Growth: 4.8%
  • Median Salary*: 144440
  Bright Outlook

General Internal Medicine Physicians

  • Growth: 2.5%
  • Median Salary*: 214460


  • Growth: 2.6%
  • Median Salary*: 132750

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians

  • Growth: 3%
  • Median Salary*: 223410

Speech-Language Pathologists

  • Growth: 19.3%
  • Median Salary*: 84140
  Bright Outlook

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

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

Students can gain valuable experience when studying abroad, experience that enhances their resumes. Students majoring concurrently in neuroscience are able to expand their communication and research skills and challenge themselves to adapt and persevere in a new and exciting culture.

With over 300 programs available in a variety of cultures, study abroad allows students to tailor their experience to their unique interests and skill sets. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recommends specific study abroad programs for students majoring in neuroscience.

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

Program Contact Information

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