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Neuroscience Program Requirements

B.S. in Neuroscience Requirements (College of Natural Science)

B.S. in Neuroscience Requirements (Lyman Briggs College)

​​​​​​​For Students Interested in Careers in Healthcare

Students who are thinking of pursuing a career in healthcare may have additional requirements outside of the neuroscience degree requirements. Please consult with the pre-health advising and resources page, meet with a pre-health advisor, and/or meet with your academic advisor to further discuss.

Do I Have an Opportunity to Add a Minor or Double/Additional Major?

Yes! The B.S. in Neuroscience also offers flexibility and opportunity for students to pursue a minor and/or an additional/double major. However, pursuing either a minor or double major is not required.

Students interested in adding a minor or double major should meet with the academic advisor responsible for advising the specific minor or double major to further discuss these additional requirements. They should also primary major academic advisor to inform them of their plans to add another area of study to their degree plan.


Basic Science Courses

  • One semester of survey of calculus or calculus I
  • One semester of statistics (cannot be STT 200)
  • Two semesters of biology with lab (molecular and cellular biology, molecular and cellular biology lab, organismal and population biology)
  • One semester of general chemistry with lab
  • Two semesters of organic chemistry
  • Two semesters of physics

Basic Social Science Courses

  • One semester of introductory psychology

Upper Division Biology Courses

  • Two semesters of introduction to neuroscience I and II
  • One semester of neuroscience laboratory
  • One or two semesters of physiology covering all the major organ systems
  • One semester of biochemistry
  • One semester of pharmacology
  • One semester of either fundamental genetics or eukaryotic cell biology

Concentration Requirement: Complete 15 credits in one of three concentration areas

  • Cellular and Developmental Neuroscience
  • Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience
  • Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience

Other Undergraduate Degree Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better
  • Earn a minimum major GPA of 2.0 or better
  • Complete a minimum of 30 credits at MSU with a minimum of 27 credits on the East Lansing campus after reaching junior standing (56+ credits)
  • No more than 10 of the last 30 credits may be transferred from another 4-year or 2-year institution, PRIOR APPROVAL IS REQUIRED
  • No more than 60 credits from a community college will be allowed
  • Courses used to satisfy specific degree requirements cannot be taken as C/NC

NOTE: Before taking courses at another institution, students must make sure the courses will transfer back to MSU as the appropriate credits. For more detailed information, please go to http://transfer.msu.edu/ to view active transfer equivalencies MSU has with other institutions and consult with your academic advisor.​​​​​​​

Undergraduate Director
L. Karl Olson, Ph.D.
Academic Advisor
Becky La, M.A.

Education Program Coordinator
Bradley Robinson
2240 Biomedical Physical Sciences
567 Wilson Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 884-5150