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


Student in Neuroscience Lab

Neuroscience 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 Department of Neuroscience in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences enables students to focus on the brain from systems-, cellular-, and molecular-level perspectives. This field of study 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, working 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.

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 15 hours of graduate courses that count toward both UT Dallas bachelor’s 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.

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 includes 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 also will help in your planning.

Neuroscience BS Major Related Courses

Neuroscience BS Major Related Courses (PreMed)

Students are required to earn two research exposure credits (REC) for each behavioral science core course in which they are enrolled, for a maximum of six total credits each semester.


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

To learn more about the BBS advising and mentoring system, visit our advising website.

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 (HPAC).

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.

In addition, upper-level students also may be interested in participating in a BBS internship class. Find out more about the internship class.


Research experience is an important component in many students’ future plans and is 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 a 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 faculty members.

Larry Cauller Undergraduate Research Travel Award

The neuroscience travel award supports undergraduate neuroscience or graduate applied cognition and neuroscience students who 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 Larry Cauller Undergraduate Research Travel Award Application
  2. 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

Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunities

The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences offers two scholarships for students who are full-time or part-time undergraduate students pursuing degrees in BBS. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a FAFSA on file with the UTD Financial Aid Office. Please read the full criteria and requirements for more information.

The $3,000 Helen Small Scholarship and $1,000 Diane Milot Tucker Scholarship will be awarded annually.

Honors Program

Majors in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences who have junior or senior standing and have completed at least 12 credit hours with a GPA of 3.5 or higher may apply to earn BBS school honors.

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.

Program Contacts

Program Mailing Address

Neuroscience Degree Program
The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Rd., BSB 14
Richardson, TX 75080

Program Resources

Neuroscience BS Fast Facts
This document provides a quick, printable overview of the program.

Create Your Own Guide to UT Dallas
This site allows potential students an opportunity to learn about what matters most to them.


Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC)
Neuroscience Student Association at UT Dallas
Society for Neuroscience

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