​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

You are your brain. Neuroscience combines scientific knowledge in disciplines such as chemistry, biology and psychology to study how the brain and nervous system guide thoughts, dreams and behavior. Students who major in neuroscience become:

  • medical professionals (doctors, physician assistants, physical therapists, etc.);
  • researchers (in biotech, pharmaceutical, hospitals, etc.); and
  • educators (teachers, professors, etc.).

They also excel in professions such as law and business, leveraging their critical thinking skills and the ability to synthesize diverse information.


Points of Pride

  • CMU’s undergraduate neuroscience program is America’s Neuroscience Program of the Year, as ranked by the Society for Neuroscience.
  • CMU students have won global competitions and fellowships, including those sponsored by the:
    • National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health;
    • Oxford Cambridge Scholars Program (England) and Chateaubriand Fellowship (France); and
    • International Society for Neural Transplantation and Repair.

Put Your Degree to Work

As a neuroscience major, you might become a medical professional, a researcher or educator or go on to a career in law, business or insurance.

Many CMU neuroscience majors have careers in biomedical research or the medical/allied health professions, working with biotech firms, pharmaceutical companies, or government, including with the National Institutes of Health.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Physicians and surgeons$187,200 per year18% (123,300 more jobs)
Medical scientists$76,980 per year13% (13,700 more jobs)
University faculty$68,970 per year19% (236,400 more jobs)
Physical therapists$79,860 per year36% (73,500 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the neuroscience website or contact:

College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences
Anspach Hall 106
Email: chsbs@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3341

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Neuroscience Major

This multidisciplinary major integrates courses from four departments: biology, chemistry, health sciences, and psychology. Two tracks of this major are available. Track A (General) is designed to provide students with a broader and more flexible background. Track B (Graduate Preparation) provides a more focused academic background with opportunities to develop specific technical skills and hands-on research experience so that they can successfully compete for neuroscience-related jobs in the private and public sectors, or admission to graduate or professional schools. The major consists of 25 (Track A) or 30 (Track B) credit hours of required courses and 15 (Track A) or 10 (Track B) credit hours of electives from courses in biology, health sciences, and/or psychology. In addition, a minimum of 12 credit hours of chemistry will be required. Note: a total of six (6) credits of directed research (NSC 496) can be used toward this degree.
Total: 52-63 semester hours
Core Courses I
(16 hours)
Note: For BIO 487/PSY 487, two semesters are required, for a maximum of two credits.
BIO 110
Concepts of Biology
4
BIO 392
Mammalian Physiology
4
BIO 487/PSY 487
Neuroscience Seminar
1-2
PSY 100
Introduction to Psychology
3
PSY 387
Behavioral Neuroscience
3
Core Courses II
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
BIO 500
Biological Statistics
3
HSC 544
Biostatistics
3
PSY 211QR
Introduction to Psychological Statistics
3
Other Requirements I: General Chemistry
(5-9 hours)
Select one of the following options:
OR1A-NEURSCI
Option A
(5 hours)
OR1B-NEURSCI
Option B
(8 hours)
OR1C-NEURSCI
Option C
(9 hours)
Other Requirements II: Organic Chemistry
(4-8 hours)
Select one of the following options:
OR2A-NEURSCI
Option A
(4 hours)
OR2B-NEURSCI
Option B
(8 hours)
Other Requirements III: Biochemistry
(3-6 hours)
Select one of the following options:
OR3A-NEURSCI
Option A
(3 hours)
OR3B-NEURSCI
Option B
(3 hours)
OR3C-NEURSCI
Option C
(6 hours)
Neuroscience Tracks
CRA-NEURO
Track A - General
(6 hours)
CRB-NEURO
Track B - Graduate Preparation
(11 hours)
Electives
(10-15 hours)
If selecting Track A – General (above): Select at least two courses from each of the Elective groups below, plus one more from either group, in consultation with and the approval of your advisor, for a total of 15 hours. If selecting Track B – Graduate Preparation (above): Select at least one course from each of the Elective Groups below, plus one more from either group, in consultation with and the approval of your advisor , for a total of 10 hours.
ELA-NEURSCI
Electives I
ELB-NEURSCI
Electives II