​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 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

For More Information

Visit the neuroscience website or contact:

College of Science and Engineering
Biosciences 3106
Email: nsc@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-4401

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

Neuroscience is the study of the structure and function of the nervous system and addresses questions spanning from the cellular and molecular level to cognition and behavior. This multidisciplinary major integrates courses in biology, chemistry, health sciences, and psychology. Track A (General) provides students more flexibility in electives. Track B (Graduate Preparation) prepares students to pursue graduate school in neuroscience and requires a research project under the supervision of a neuroscience program faculty member. Students should meet with a neuroscience advisor in their first year to make a four-year plan.
Total: 56-61 semester hours
Core Courses I
(24 hours)
Note: For BIO 487/PSY 487, two semesters are required, for a maximum of two credits.
BIO 111
Foundations of Evolution and Diversity
4
BIO 112
Foundations of Cell Biology
4
BIO 211
Foundations of Genetics
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
(8 hours)
CHM 131
General Chemistry I
4
CHM 132
General Chemistry II
4
Other Requirements II: Organic Chemistry
(4-8 hours)
Select CHM 342 for 4 hours OR CHM 345, 346, and 349 for 8 hours, OR CHM 343, 348, and 349 for 8 hours:
CHM 342
Survey of Organic Chemistry
4
CHM 343
Organic Chemistry I: Foundations
4
CHM 345
Organic Chemistry I
3
CHM 346
Organic Chemistry II
3
CHM 348
Organic Chemistry II: Bioorganic
2
CHM 349
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
2
Neuroscience Tracks
Select one of the following tracks:
CRA-NEURO
Track A - General
(6 hours)
CRB-NEURO
Track B - Graduate Preparation
(11 hours)
Track A Electives
(12 hours)
If selecting Track A - General (above): Select courses from the elective lists below for a total of 12 hours, with at least 3 credits from Electives I and at least 6 credits from Electives II. Students are encouraged to consult with a neuroscience advisor to select the appropriate courses for intended career path.
ELA-NEURSCI
Electives I
ELB-NEURSCI
Electives II
Track B Electives
(6 hours)
If selecting Track B - Graduate Preparation (above): Select 6 credits from the following courses. Students are encouraged to consult with a neuroscience advisor to select the appropriate courses for your intended career path.
Note: Students may only count one of CHM 421 or CHM 520 or CHM 521.
BIO 325
Biotechnology
3
BIO 591
Neurophysiology
3
CHM 421
Introductory Biochemistry for Health Sciences
3
CHM 520
Introductory Biochemistry
3
CHM 521
Biochemistry I
3
HSC 214
Human Anatomy
4
HSC 235
Psychoactive Drugs
3
PSY 382
Perception
3
PSY 383
Learning and Memory
3
PSY 384
Behavior Analysis
3
PSY 509
Behavioral Pharmacology
3
PSY 584
Cognitive Neuroscience
3
PSY 587
Physiological Psychology
3
PSY 588
Functional Neuroanatomy
3