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Bachelor of Science

Are you keen to explore the driving forces of human behavior? Do you want a degree in a field that that is constantly pushing into new medical frontiers?

Our new Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience combines psychology, biology and chemistry to illuminate the biological basis of human action, while allowing students to develop skills that are useful in careers ranging from doctor, scientist, or veterinarian to occupational therapist and bioinformatics.

Whether your goal is to work in a hospital, biotechnology firm or government agency, the B.S. in Neuroscience will place you at the threshold of a field that promises to provide innovative solutions to some of the most pressing human health concerns of modern times.

Degree Information

The Department of Psychology offers a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience that allows students to focus on the relationship between the nervous system and human behavior. Students in this program will complete laboratory courses in biology and chemistry to ensure that they can learn skills and apply scientific concepts. This degree provides a good deal of flexibility, but all students will acquire a foundation in the science of the nervous system, including research methodology and basic laboratory skills.

University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements

All Baccalaureate degrees offered by IU Southeast requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and a minimum of 30 credit hours of upper-level coursework (300-level or above). No more than 64 credit hours earned in accredited junior/community colleges may be applied toward a Baccalaureate degree. The University Residency Requirement dictates that students must complete no less than 26 credit hours at IU Southeast during their senior year and no less than 10 credit hours of coursework in the major field of study.

Department of Psychology Residency Requirements

The Department of Psychology enforces the University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements with no additions.

General Education Core Requirements

As in all programs in the School of Social Sciences, in order to declare a major, a student needs to have completed 12 credit hours, passed a First Year Seminar (FYS) class, completed English Composition W131 with a C or better, and completed an introductory course in the intended major with a C- or better. Students transferring from another school at IU Southeast must make an appointment with one of the professional advisers.

In addition to the General Education Core (30 credit hours) students completing a Bachelor of Science degree are required to complete the following B.S. Distribution Requirements.

  • Biological Science with lab (5 credit hours)
  • Biological Science*
  • Chemistry*
  • Natural Science*

*One of these courses must have lab component attached

All IU Southeast baccalaureate degrees require 30 credit hours of General Education Core coursework. Students must select a course(s) to satisfy each category listed below. View the list of courses that satisfy the General Education Core requirements.

  • Quantitative Reasoning (3 credit hours) (B.S. in Neuroscience students must take MATH-M 122: College Algebra)
  • Information Literacy (1 credit hour)
  • Written Communications I (3 credit hours)
  • Written Communications II (3 credit hours)
  • Oral Communications (3 credit hours)
  • Ethical Reasoning/Diversity (3 credit hours)
  • Natural Sciences (one lecture – 3 credit hours, one lab – 2 credit hours)
  • Arts/Humanities (3 credit hours)
  • Social Science (3 credit hours)
  • General Education Additional Requirement (Art, Humanities, or Social Science) (3 credit hours)

Please note that several courses required for your major may “double dip” with the General Education core courses.

View a list of current course offerings.

Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience Requirements

The following core psychology courses are required for the major (26 credit hours):

Required Courses (26 credit hours)
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
PSY-P 101 Introductory Psychology I 3
PSY-P 102 Introductory Psychology II 3
COAS-S 154 Pathways 1
PSY-P 199 Planning Your Psychology Career 1
PSY-P 326 Behavioral Neuroscience 3
PSY-P 341 Research Methods and Statistics I 3
PSY-P 342 Research Methods and Statistics II 3
PSY-B 452 Seminar in Psychology (Capstone) 3

Choose 2 of the following upper-level courses (6 credit hours):

Choose 2 of the following (6 credit hours)
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
PSY-P 329 Sensation and Perception 3
PSY-P 335 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY-P 407 Drugs and the Nervous System 3
PSY-P 411 Neural Bases of Learning and Memory 3
PSY-P 493 Neuroscience Indep. Research 3
PSY-P 477 Applied Research in Psychology 1-6
COAS-S 399 Neuroscience Internship 3
PSY-P 417 Animal Behavior 3

The following core natural science courses are required for the major (14-21 credit hours):

Core Natural Science Courses (14-21 credit hours)
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
CHEM-C 101 Elementary Chemistry I 3
CHEM-C 121 Elementary Chemistry Laboratory I 3
BIOL-L 101 Intro. To The Biological Sciences 5

Choose 2 of the following natural science electives (6-10 credit hours):

Natural Science Electives (6-10 credit hours)
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
ANAT-A 465 Advanced Regional Anatomy 3
ANAT-A 466 Advanced Regional Anatomy Laboratory 3
AHLT-M 350 Medical Sciences for Health Information I-Pharmacology 3
BIOL-L 211 Molecular Biology 3
BIOL-L 323 Molecular Biology Lab 3
BIOL-L 311 Genetics 3
BIOL-L 319 Genetics Laboratory 3
CHEM-C 102 Elementary Chemistry II 3
CHEM-C 122 Elementary Chemistry II Laboratory 2
PHSL-P 215 Basic Mammalian Physiology 5
PHSL-P 416 Comparative Animal Physiology 3
PHSL-P 418 Comparative Animal Physiology Laboratory 2
PHYS-P 100 Physics in the Modern World 5
PHYS-P 105 Basic Physics of Sound 3
PHYS-P 120 Energy and Technology 3
PHYS-P 201 General Physics: Mechanics, Heat and Sound 3

One philosophy course is required (3 credit hours):

One Philosophy Course (3 credit hours)
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
PHIL-P 393 Bioethics 3
PHIL-P 360 Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind 3