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School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences - The University of Texas at Dallas



Lab ImageNeuroscience is the multidisciplinary study of brain function. It examines the complex interactions of multiple neuronal systems that underlie the emergence and rich diversity of cognitive function and the regulation and expression of all forms of behavior, in humans and all other species

The neuroscience program in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences enables students to focus on the brain from systems-, cellular-, and molecular-level perspectives. The program is excellent preparation for admission to graduate, medical or dental school or for careers in related biomedical research, industry and allied health science fields. Since research critically underlies our knowledge base for each of these career paths, undergraduate students are challenged to become involved in ongoing neuroscience research at UT Dallas, side-by-side with graduate students, post-doctoral scientists and faculty researchers. Required courses and guided electives can include the approved pre-medical or pre-dental curriculum and offer a respected and viable alternative to other traditional preparatory science majors.



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Degree Program

The BS in neuroscience requires 120 credit hours. The minor requires 18 credit hours.


The UT Dallas undergraduate catalog provides an overview of the neuroscience program, details the areas of specialization, lists the major and minor requirements, and explains the fast-track program, which enables undergraduate students to take up to 12 hours of graduate courses that count toward both UT Dallas bachelor and graduate degrees.  To compile all your academic, campus and extracurricular interests into a presentation you can print out, follow the steps to Create Your Own Guide to UT Dallas.


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Degree Plans

Lab ImageThe formal neuroscience degree plan will help you schedule your course of study:


Neuroscience BS

Neuroscience BS (Pre-Health Track)

Major Related Courses

Major Related Courses (Pre-Med Route)


The University’s course look-up site will help you find specific classes and times to fit your degree plan and schedule. The CourseBook site links to syllabi, class evaluations, and textbooks for all of UT Dallas courses. The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences' projected schedule of core classes will help you in your planning.


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Visit with a School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences academic advisor to create a degree plan. Freshmen must visit with an advisor before registering. All other students should consult an advisor before registering each semester.

To learn more about the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences’ Advising and Mentoring System, visit our advising website.


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Career Preparation


The neuroscience program is designed to prepare students for admission to graduate, medical or dental school, or for careers in related biomedical research, industry and allied health science fields.  Students who wish to continue their education in the fields of medicine, dentistry or allied professional areas are advised to register with the Health Professions Advising Center.

Students are encouraged to design a personalized degree plan of guided electives with their advisor that combines courses from the neurosciences and related disciplines of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, computer science, psychology and speech pathology and audiology in a way that will suit their individual interests and career goals. Students are also strongly encouraged to gain research experience as part of their undergraduate training in neuroscience.


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Lab ImageResearch experience is an important component in many students' future plans, and critical for those contemplating graduate, medical or dental school training. Individual investigators periodically accept students to work for research credit in their laboratories. The requirements are typically nine or more hours of previous neuroscience courses, a commitment to 10 hours per week for two or more semesters of lab work, and convergence of research interests with the lab selected.


Students wishing to learn more about research opportunities in the neurosciences at UT Dallas are urged to contact individual neuroscience and cognitive-neuroscience faculty members.


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Undergraduate juniors and seniors with a GPA of 2.5 or higher are eligible to enroll in an internship class. This class enables students to receive credit for one of four types of internship opportunities, each of which involves roughly eight hours of practicum work per week.

Read more about Behavioral and Brain Sciences internships.


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The Neuroscience Travel Award supports undergraduate Neuroscience or graduate Applied Cognition and Neuroscience students that are the first and presenting author on a presentation at a scientific conference. The individual requesting travel must be currently enrolled and must be in good academic standing. A completed application includes:


  1. Completed Neuroscience Student Travel Award Application Form.
  2. A Research Advisor Form completed by the student's research advisor identifying the specific contributions made by the student to the project.
  3. Resume or CV, including education, work experience, honors/awards, publications (abstracts and manuscripts), etc.
  4. Proof of acceptance of research submission.


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Honors Programs

Incoming freshman with high standardized test scores and a high school GPA of 3.6 or higher should consider applying to Collegium V, a University-wide honors program.

Majors in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences who have completed at least 15 credit hours with a GPA of 3.4 or higher may apply to earn BBS School Honors.


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Program Contacts

Program Head

Christa McIntyre, PhD

Office: JO 4.202



Program Mailing Address
Neuroscience Degree Program
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Rd, GR41
Richardson, TX 75080


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Program Resources



Neuroscience BS Fast Facts



Create Your Own Guide to UT Dallas

Health Professions Advising Center


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UT Dallas Organizations

Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC)

Neuroscience Student Association


External Organizations

Society for Neuroscience


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