College: Arts and Sciences
Neuroscience is the scientific study of the brain and the nervous system. Neuroscientists investigate the organization, development and function of the nervous system and its relationship to disorders, behavior and cognition. It combines diverse subjects such as biology, psychology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, physics and computer science. Neuroscience is an ideal field to develop interests in many scientific disciplines.
The interdisciplinary major in neuroscience at The Ohio State University was created by a joint venture between the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Medicine. Graduates from the major are prepared for employment in a number of career areas such as hospitals, research laboratories, health services and pharmaceutical sales.
Upon admission to the university, students can declare a pre-major in neuroscience.
The following criteria are required to complete the pre-major and become a full neuroscience major:
- At least 12 credits of graded Ohio State course work
- Earn a B or higher in two core courses: Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience and Introduction to Molecular/Cellular Neuroscience
- Earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better
Students majoring in neuroscience take a set of foundational courses that serve as prerequisites for many of the advanced offerings. Upon completion of these core courses, students then declare a specialization in one of three areas:
Students are also required to take two additional courses in either or both of the other specializations to gain broad familiarity with neuroscience. The neuroscience major requires successful completion of 36 degree hours.
Honors students with strong research interests have the opportunity to pursue Honors research distinction in neuroscience. Research distinction recognizes those students who demonstrate excellence in the study of neuroscience both through major course work and by completing an independent research project culminating in an Honors thesis.
The Ohio State Scholars Program offers academically motivated students the chance to meet and live with other students who share similar interests and career goals. Students involved in any of Ohio State’s Scholars programs are free to declare neuroscience as their major. Students majoring in neuroscience may find a good fit within the Health Sciences Scholars Program, Mount Leadership Society, Biological Sciences Scholars Program or Dunn Sport and Wellness Scholars Program.
Participating in undergraduate research is highly advised, particularly for students aspiring to attend graduate or professional school. Students have various opportunities to work directly with faculty members on ground-breaking and substantive research throughout multiple departments and colleges. Students may also complete an independent research thesis that will allow them to graduate with research distinction or honors research distinction in neuroscience.
A strong scientific education with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience will prepare students for entry into many career fields and graduate/professional programs.
Many students graduating from the neuroscience program pursue advanced education in medicine, dentistry, neurology, clinical psychology, law, neurochemistry, neuropsychology, and occupational and physical therapy.
Graduates with bachelor’s degrees in neuroscience enter diverse fields, such as biomedical research, pharmaceutical sales, hospital administration, laboratory technician/management, public service, psychiatric assistance, teaching and technical writing.
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