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Neuroscience programs teach people how the brain and nervous system work.

Neuroscience programs teach people about the central nervous sytem. Students learn about cells, molecules, and the role they play in thinking. They study the biology of nervous disorders. They learn how to apply the science to biomedical engineering.

Neuroscience programs include topics such as:


In neurosciences programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Many colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in neuroscience. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in neuroscience. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master’s degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

For this program, schools recommend that you know how to use a computer and the Internet.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Most of your courses will require significant laboratory and research time.

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate programs that lead to a master's or doctoral degree typically include:

Things to Know

With a bachelor's degree in neuroscience, you can usually work as a researcher or lab assistant. You can work for medical centers, universities, or drug companies.

Some people with a bachelor's degree in neuroscience choose to go to graduate school in psychology or counseling.

A background in neuroscience is considered good preparation for medical school or graduate school in physiological psychology, pharmacology, and additional study in neuroscience.

Most people with doctoral degrees in neuroscience become professors or researchers.


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