About the neuroscience major

Neuroscience is the science of the nervous system, which includes the brain. It's the study of how the brain functions in health and disease. The Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience is interdisciplinary—a mix of psychology and biology with strong components of chemistry, physics, and math. Neuroscience is a rapidly advancing field that addresses the structure and function of the nervous system with particular focus on the intersection between the brain and behavior.

Skills and abilities the major develops: data analysis and interpretation skills, written and verbal communication, problem-solving, statistics, and project management.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Brain mechanisms of behavior
  • Cellular and molecular neuroscience
  • Genetics and molecular biology
  • Introduction to psychology
  • Organic chemistry
  • Systems neuroscience

Possible careers

  • Biologist
  • Clinical research assistant
  • Computational neuroscience
  • Genetic counselor*
  • Lab technician specialist
  • Neuropsychologist*

*These careers require additional education or training.

Where could I work?

  • Advanced Testing Laboratories
  • Axis Forensic Toxicology
  • Covance
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Government laboratories or agencies
  • IU School of Medicine

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.

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