Neuroscience

Neuroscience combines biology, chemistry, physics and psychology to gain a better understanding of brain structure, function and behavior.


Major in Neuroscience

If you choose to major in neuroscience as an undergraduate at SLU, you’ll learn the basic science of brain function, along with how to apply that knowledge to research in medicine, psychology and biology. You’ll also gain an understanding of psychiatric, neurological and developmental disorders of the brain and behavior.

Undergraduate students majoring in neuroscience at SLU take 18 to 22 credit hours in biology and 16 credit hours in psychology, along with courses in chemistry, physics, mathematics and philosophy.

In addition to internship opportunities, SLU's undergraduate neuroscience program also offers you a capstone learning experience consisting of research, a practicum experience, or advanced coursework. Any of these options will expose you to the breadth of the neuroscience field and give you an understanding of its real-world applications.

Curriculum
  • NEUR 3000: Introduction to Neuroscience I
  • NEUR 3020: Introduction to Neuroscience II
  • NEUR 4000: Neuroscience Lab
  • NEUR 4900: Neuroscience Seminar
  • PSY 1010: General Psychology
  • PSY 2050: Foundations of Research Methods and Statistics with lab
  • PSY 3100: Brain, Mind and Society
  • BIOL 1040: Principles of Biology I with lab
  • BIOL 1060: Principles of Biology II with lab
  • BIOL 3020: Cellular Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 3040: Cellular Structure and Function
  • CHEM 1110: General Chemistry I Lecture
  • CHEM 1115: General Chemistry I Laboratory
  • CHEM 1120: General Chemistry II Lecture
  • CHEM 1125: General Chemistry II Laboratory
  • MATH 1510: Calculus I
  • PHIL 4280: Biology and Mind
  • PHYS 1310: Physics I
  • PHYS 1320: Physics I Laboratory
  • NEUR 4950: Senior Residency
Internships and Careers

Students who graduate with a degree in neuroscience from SLU have a strong outlook for future employment. You will be able to find work in industries such as medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, education, computer science and artificial intelligence.

An undergraduate degree in neuroscience also provides a solid base for students interested in attending graduate school or working in fields related to psychology, biology, chemistry, physics, biomedical engineering, law, medicine or philosophy.

Faculty

The neuroscience core faculty includes members of the biology and psychology departments.

  • Michael Anch, Ph.D.
  • Tony Buchanan, Ph.D.
  • Brenda Kirchhoff, Ph.D.
  • Judith Ogilvie, Ph.D.
  • William Stark, Ph.D.
  • Jill Waring, Ph.D.
  • Fenglian Xu, Ph.D.

Mentoring Opportunities

One-on-One Attention 

All neuroscience majors are assigned mentors with whom they will meet every year. Your mentor will help you select your classes and ensure you are on track for graduation.