http://neuroscience.med.miami.edu/undergraduate-program

Overview

  • Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in any course that is to count toward the neuroscience major.
  • Students may repeat no more than two courses for the neuroscience major in which they received a D or an F. 
  • New freshmen and current students must have a minimum 1360 SAT, 30 ACT, or 3.5 combined, UM, and neuroscience GPA after 24 completed credit hours at UM to declare the neuroscience major.  Note: At least 7 of these 24 credit hours must be in the BIL, CHM, or MTH courses required of the major and/or the degree.
  • New transfer students must have a minimum 3.8 combined GPA to declare the neuroscience major, and at least 7 completed credit hours in the required BIL or CHM courses.
  • Students are strongly advised not to continue with the neuroscience major if they have less than a 2.8 neuroscience GPA after 15 completed credit hours in the neuroscience major.
  • Students must earn a minimum 2.6 neuroscience GPA and a minimum of 130 credits to graduate with the neuroscience major.

Notes

  • There are limited seats in the neuroscience major so students may be required to join a waitlist before they are able to declare.
  • Neuroscience majors are required to complete 130 total credit hours to complete their B.S. degree.
  • The neuroscience major can only be declared as a first major for students who are enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • AP Credit for Statistics (i.e., PSY 292) cannot count toward the neuroscience major.
  • Students who declare the neuroscience major after they transfer credit for PSY 292 or complete PSY 292 at UM can use PSY 292 as a substitute for PSY 291.

Curriculum Requirements

Core Courses
BIL 150General Biology4
BIL 160Evolution and Biodiversity4
Select one of the following:1
General Biology Laboratory
HHMI General Biology Laboratory.
Select one of the following:1
Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory
HHMI Evolution And Biodiversity Laboratory.
BIL 250Genetics3
BIL 255Cellular and Molecular Biology3
BIL 268Neurobiology3
NEU 342Neural Mechanisms of Disease3
NEU 403Neuroscience laboratory4
Select one of the following:3
Neurogenetics
Neural Mechanisms Of Psychiatric Disorders
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Developmental Neuroscience.
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 290Introduction To Research Methods3
PSY 291Introduction To Biobehavioral Statistics3
PSY 390Intermediate Research Methods And Biobehavioral Statistics3
PSY 425Psychobiology3
Select one additional BIL elective of the following: 13
Ecology
Comparative Physiology
Endocrinology
Animal Behavior
Developmental Biology
Advanced Biostatistics
Evolution
Evolution and development of Nervous Systems
Biochemistry For The Biomedical Sciences
Introduction to Microbes and the Immune System
Part 1 of 2: Introductory Microbiology and Immunology (Lecture)
and Introduction to Microbes and the Immune System (Lab)
Neural Mechanisms of Disease
Neurogenetics
Neural Mechanisms Of Psychiatric Disorders
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Developmental Neuroscience.
Select one additional BIL elective or PSY elective of the following: 13
Ecology
Comparative Physiology
Endocrinology
Animal Behavior
Developmental Biology
Advanced Biostatistics
Evolution
Evolution and development of Nervous Systems
Biochemistry For The Biomedical Sciences
Introduction to Microbes and the Immune System
Part 1 of 2: Introductory Microbiology and Immunology (Lecture)
and Introduction to Microbes and the Immune System (Lab)
Neural Mechanisms of Disease
Neurogenetics
Neural Mechanisms Of Psychiatric Disorders
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Developmental Neuroscience.
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology Of Drugs And Behavior
Abnormal Child Psychology
Tests And Measurements
Health Psychology
Advanced Biobehavioral Statistics
Auxiliary Courses
Select one of the following CHM sequences:16
Traditional Chemistry:
Principles of Chemistry I
and Chemistry Laboratory I
Principles of Chemistry II
and Chemistry Laboratory II
Organic Chemistry I (Lecture)
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Organic Chemistry II (Lecture)
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Chemistry for the Biosciences:
Chemistry For The Biosciences I
and Chemistry Laboratory I
CHM211 Chemistry for the Biosciences II
and Chemistry Laboratory II
CHM212 Chemistry for the Biosciences III
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Select one of the following PHY sequences:10-11
College Physics:
College Physics I
and College Physics Laboratory I
College Physics II
and College Physics Laboratory II
University Physics:
University Physics I
University Physics II
and University Physics II Lab
University Physics III
and University Physics III Lab
PRISM Physics:
University Physics I for the Sciences
and College Physics Laboratory I
University Physics II for the Sciences
and College Physics Laboratory II
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
Arts & Humanities Cognate9
People & Society Cognate9
Minor 215-18
Mathematics3
Foreign Language in 200 level or above3
Electives6-9
Total Credit Hours127-134
1

Note: NEU courses cannot double count for a BIL elective and another required course within the neuroscience major.

2

All neuroscience majors must complete a minor in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geological Sciences, Marine Science, Mathematics, Microbiology and Immunology, or Physics.

Neuroscience majors may not earn majors or minors in Biology or Psychology. Neuroscience majors will fulfill a Chemistry minor automatically if taken in residence.

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
PSY 106 Freshman Advising Contact Term (Fact) 1
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
BIL 150 General Biology 4
BIL 151 (Lab) 1
Foreign Language 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
NEU 190 Faculty Overview Of Research And Undergraduate Mentoring(Forum) 1
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
BIL 160 Evolution and Biodiversity 4
BIL 161 (Lab) 1
Foreign Language 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
CHM 121 Chemistry For The Biosciences I 4
CHM 113 (Lab) 1
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology 3
Foreign Language 3
NEU 280 Introduction To Research Projects I 3
A&H Cognate 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
CHM 221 CHM211 Chemistry for the Biosciences II 4
CHM 114 (Lab) 1
PSY 290 Introduction To Research Methods 3
PSY 291 Introduction To Biobehavioral Statistics 3
NEU 380 Introduction To Research Projects Ii 3
A&H Cognate 3
 Credit Hours17
Third Year
Fall
CHM 222 CHM212 Chemistry for the Biosciences III 4
CHM 205 (Lab) 1
PHY 101 College Physics I 4
PHY 106 (Lab) 1
PSY 390 (W) 3
A&H Cognate 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
CHM 206 (Lab) 1
BIL Elective 3
PHY 102 College Physics II 4
PHY 108 (Lab) 1
BIL 268 Neurobiology 3
P&S Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
BIL 255 Cellular and Molecular Biology 3
NEU 342 Neural Mechanisms of Disease 3
NEU 580 Senior Honors In Neuroscience I 3
PSY 425 Psychobiology 3
PSY Elective 3
P&S Cognate 3
 Credit Hours18
Spring
NEU Elective 3
NEU 403 (W) 3
BIL 250 Genetics 3
NEU 581 Senior Honors In Neuroscience Ii 3
P&S Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours130