Neuroscience (Bachelor of Science)
The neuroscience major (Bachelor of Science) at Creighton University opens up the workings of the brain and the nervous system for you to investigate and comprehend.
Studying neuroscience means exploring a variety of scientific disciplines, such as biology, physics, cognitive psychology, chemistry, philosophy and more–and seeing what it all means for our understanding of human behavior.
- how the nervous system controls and responds to bodily functions and directs behavior
- how nervous system structure and function are determined by genes and the environment, and
- how the brain serves as the foundation of the mind, awareness and thought.
As a neuroscience major, you’ll participate in hands-on research. That means you can pursue the questions that most excite you – and prepare for an equally exciting career. Whatever you decide to do after you major in neuroscience, studying within the framework of a Jesuit liberal arts and sciences education will make you a well-rounded critical thinker. You’ll learn about ethical and social issues in addition to core scientific concepts.
Neuroscience jobs have increased in the past several years, as neuroscience research has escalated to a global effort and has recently been highlighted within the U.S. by the Presidential BRAIN Initiative. In the Midwest, jobs that required a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience rose 50% while the number of national job postings with the same requirements rose 34% from 2010-2013, according to the Education Advisory Board.
A neuroscience major makes excellent preparation for medical or pharmacy school, other graduate programs and the workforce – which may include jobs in neurology, neuroscience or medical sales.
- Learn concepts and theories in the field of neuroscience.
- Gain a multidisciplinary understanding of brain function as related to cognition and behavior.
- Learn to read, understand and evaluate peer-reviewed scientific research articles in the field of neuroscience.
- Amass technical competence in fundamental research techniques used in the field.
- Gain a foundational understanding of bioethical issues related to the field of neuroscience, for example the ethics of neuroimaging and brain privacy, neurotechnology safety, cognitive enhancement and potential avenues for pharmacological manipulation.
- Learn about and how to communicate your experience and understanding of neuroscience research and/or literature and its relevance to society.
- Learn how to critically assess local and global current events related to neuroscience.
- Find out about career and post-graduate opportunities prior to graduation.
Magis Core Curriculum
51 credit hours (at least 12 credit hours of the Magis Core and 5 designations will be met with BS-NS required and elective courses). Transfer credits will be allowed as determined by the Registrar’s office of the College of Arts and Sciences.
BS in Neuroscience Program Curriculum Pre-Requisite and Support Requirement
25 credit hours (at least 12 credit hours of core overlap with Magis Core Curriculum requirements). Transfer credits will be evaluated by the director (which may involve approval by the supervisory committee) and allowed if major criteria is met.
Pre-requisite Courses for Entry into BS in Neuroscience Program
19 hours including 12 hours of Magis Core requirements for Understanding and Doing Natural Science; Understanding Social Science will be met with pre-requisite courses.
All of the pre-requisite courses are required. Students must complete General Biology, General Chemistry and Introduction to Psychology courses and have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in those courses to be accepted into the BS in Neuroscience Program.
Honors Requirement (Optional)
At least 3 credits and Senior Seminar (minimum of 4 credits)*
- NEU XXX Directed Independent Research (1 to 3 credits)
- NEU XXX Directed Independent Study (1 to 3 credits)
* Honors status may be associated with membership in the national Neuroscience Honor Society, Nu Rho Psi.
- Bachelor’s degree requires 128 semester hours
- A minimum of QPA of 2.0 is required in the major and an overall cumulative QPA of 2.0 is required to graduate
- A minimum of 48 hours must be completed at Creighton University
- A minimum of 49 hours of upper division courses is required
The Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience is part of the integrated Center for Neuroscience at Creighton University, the goal of which is to provide students with a thorough understanding of neuroscience principles and modern application. Research opportunities for students, in addition to coursework and participation in community outreach, are key to meeting that goal.
After applying and being accepted to Creighton, acceptance into the neuroscience major requires the following:
- Completion of General Biology, General Chemistry and Introduction to Psychology courses (see “curriculum”)
- Minimum of a 3.0 GPA in those courses
Current Creighton students who have completed or are completing the requirements can apply for the major online (see the Neuroscience option under the Biology Department).