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Neuroscience, the study of the nervous system, advances our understanding of human thought, emotion, and behavior. Neuroscience is a diverse field that draws on expertise from numerous disciplines, including biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, and psychology. The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science and Arts in Neuroscience degree at The University of Texas at Austin provides students with rigorous, multidisciplinary training that can serve as a foundation for a career in this growing field.

The BS program of study includes foundational courses in core sciences and a three-course specialization in one of six areas: biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, or psychology. The program emphasizes the acquisition of quantitative and statistical competence and provides meaningful hands-on laboratory experiences with expert faculty and cutting-edge techniques, including intracellular electrophysiological recording, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), live cell imaging using two-photon microscopy, human psychophysics, and molecular genetics.

Declare This Major

Current UT undergraduates who would like to declare an entry-level neuroscience major must contact an advisor in either the College of Natural Sciences or the School of Biological Sciences. First-year and transfer students should contact the College of Natural Sciences Center for First-Year Advising. Students already in the School of Biological Sciences may contact the Biology Advising Center.

Once you have successfully completed the neuroscience entry-level requirements, you may formally declare the neuroscience major by contacting your advisor.

Our entry-level requirements are as follows:

  • B- or better Mathematics 408C and 408D, or 408N, 408S, and 408M
  • B- or better in Neuroscience 330 (Neural Systems I) and Neuroscience 335 (Neural Systems II)

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

For information on required courses, students can view the neuroscience degree plan and curriculum.


Neuroscience majors may specialize in one of six areas: biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, or psychology.


Neuroscience is a diverse field that benefits from the participation of people with a variety of interests and backgrounds. Neuroscientists are chemists, biologists, mathematicians, psychologists, physicists and computer scientists. Some neuroscientists enjoy getting their hands dirty conducting experiments in the lab, while others use computer simulations. Students of neuroscience are interested in the brain and behavior; they strive to understand complex systems using empirical methods; they enjoy working with quantitative data; and they are self-motivated critical thinkers.


Students will acquire the ability to analyze and interpret data; design and execute experiments; perform cutting-edge laboratory techniques; write with clarity; and apply quantitative, chemical, biological and psychological methods toward understanding the nervous system and behavior.


Section of Neurobiology
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