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A neuroscience major combines coursework in chemistry, psychology, and biology to provide an understanding of the the nervous system from the molecular to the behavioral level. A Bachelor of Science in neuroscience provides a foundation for students interested in medical school, graduate study, or a career in health professions.

Faculty from a variety of scientific disciplines teach courses that allow neuroscience majors to examine a wide spectrum of topics and approaches to the study of neural systems. In addition, our students have a wide variety of research options, including projects that allow them to work alongside faculty examining the molecular, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of the discipline. Some students pursue opportunities on campus, while others engage in research at graduate and medical school laboratories with which Trinity has collaborative ties.

Neuroscience majors have access to nearly $4 million worth of advanced scientific instrumentation that spans Trinity's biology, chemistry and psychology departments. Professors engaged in the program have received grants from the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to fund programs and research.

As a result of our hands-on approach to instruction, neuroscience majors present research posters and oral presentations at national and regional meetings, and some even see their findings published in peer-reviewed journals. This immersion in undergraduate research helps build successful communication skills and builds groundwork for future scientific endeavors.

Neuroscience Courses

Core Curriculum in Neuroscience (8 hours)

NEUR 2310 - Introduction to Neuroscience
A survey of basic neuroscience, starting with fundamentals of neuronal structures and ending with higher brain functions and their relations to mind and behavior.

NEUR 2110 - Neuroscience Laboratory
The neuroscience laboratory provides students with a hands-on approach to understanding the scientific method through neuroscientific techniques and data analysis.

NEUR 3447 - Neurobiology
Neurobiology focuses on the organization and functions of nervous tissues and systems.

NEUR 4000 - Neuroscience Seminar
This course is built around student presentations of independent research in neuroscience (NEUR 4390) and seminars from occasional external speakers.

NEUR 4-90 - Independent Research in Neuroscience
Independent empirical research arranged with a faculty member on problems in neuroscience.

Supporting Courses in biology (9 hours)

BIOL 1311 - Integrative Biology I

BIOL 1111 - Introductory Biology Laboratory

BIOL 1312 - Integrative Biology II

BIOL 1212 - Methods for Biological Problem Solving

Supporting Courses in Chemistry (8 hours)

CHEM 1318 - Chemistry in the Modern World

CHEM 1118 - Introduction to Analytical Methods

CHEM 2319 - Organic Chemistry

CHEM 2119 - Laboratory Methods in Organic Chemistry

Supporting Courses in Psychology (8 hours)

PSYC 2401 - Statistics and Methods I

PSYC 2402 - Statistics and Methods II

Three elective courses from the following list, at least one in each discipline

BIOL 3432 - Vertebrate Physiology

BIOL 3440 - Animal Behavior

BIOL 3443 - Developmental Biology

BIOL 3446 - Cell Biology

BIOL -91 - Selected Topics (3 hours, advisory approval required)

PSYC 2312 - Principles of Learning

PSYC 2330 - Fundamentals of Cognition

PSYC 3311 - Sensation and Perception

PSYC 3331 - Memory and Cognition

PSYC 3333 - Simulation of Neural and Cognition Processes

PSYC 3360 - Special Topics in Psychology (advisory approval required)

PSYC 4390 - Senior Seminar in Psychology (advisory approval required)


  • Gerard Beaudoin, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology
  • Laura Hunsicker-Wang, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry
  • Carol Yoder, Ph.D., professor of psychology
  • Kimberley A. Phillips, Ph.D., professor of psychology, co-chair
  • James L. Roberts, Ph.D., Ruth C. and Andrew G. Cowles Endowed Professor of Life Sciences, co-chair


Neuroscience Student Handbook
Includes information on courses, research, graduation, and more.

Society for Neuroscience
Get information on membership, chapters, publications, and other news.

American Society of Primatologists
A group aimed at educating the public and conserving nonhuman primates.

Major Description: 

The B.S. in neuroscience is a multi-disciplinary program designed to provide an understanding of the nature and functioning of the nervous system from the molecular to the behavioral level. Courses, taught by faculty from the biology, psychology, and chemistry departments, offer a broad spectrum of topics and approaches to the study of neural systems' structure and function.