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Neuroscience Program Student Resources

You will be required to meet specific standards to begin and resume the neuroscience program at Saint Louis University.

Our Continuation Standards

Students must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in the following required major courses at the end of two semesters at Saint Louis University:

  • PSY 1010
  • BIOL 1240/1245
  • BIOL 1260/1265
  • CHEM 1110/1115
  • CHEM 1120/1125

Students that fall below a 3.0 GPA will be placed on program probation. In order to continue as a neuroscience major after four semesters at Saint Louis University, students must obtain at least a 3.0 GPA in the following required major courses:

  • PSY 1010
  • PSY 2050
  • BIOL 1240/1245
  • BIOL 1260/1265
  • BIOL 3020
  • BIOL 3040
  • CHEM 1110/1115
  • CHEM 1120/1125
  • NEUR 3400

Transfer students will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Research Opportunities

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Three neuroscience majors, Michael Kanan, Wendy Teal, and Sydey Rosenthal, presented their research at the 2018 Society of Neuroscience annual conference in San Diego, CA. This is the largest international meeting of neuroscientists in the world with approximately 30,000 attendees. Wendy Teal was awarded a Knoedler Student Research Award from the College of Arts and Sciences to support her travel to the conference.

Numerous research opportunities are available for SLU students. The Henry and Amelia Nasrallah Center for Neuroscience at SLU includes faculty from a wide range of neuroscience disciplines, many of whom include undergraduates in their research.

The center is comprised of 61 members and 18 associate members across six schools/colleges in 27 departments, institutes and centers. The center fosters multi-disciplinary neuroscience research ranging from molecular to clinical studies and promotes excellence in undergraduate and graduate neuroscience education.

Please contact neuroscience@slu.edu for up to date information.

Graduating seniors may want to look into postbaccalaureate programs.

Student Honors

James D. Collins Award for Excellence in Student Academic Achievement

The College of Arts and Sciences annually presents the James D. Collins Awards for Excellence in Student Academic Achievement to recognize scholarship and creative achievements among undergraduate students. This award is given to a senior that has demonstrated outstanding work as a neuroscience major.

Award recipients:

  • Prerana Jayanth (2019)
  • Elizabeth Erickson (2018)
  • Sheetal Sethupathi (2017)
  • Grace Milburn (2016)
William S. Stark Undergraduate Research Award

The William S. Stark Undergraduate Research Award was established in 2019 to recognize emeritus professor William S. Stark's exemplary contributions the neuroscience program. The award honors a graduating neuroscience student who has demonstrated excellence in research.

Award recipients:

  • Madison L. Richey (2019)
Senior Legacy Symposium Presenters

The Senior Legacy Symposium is an annual event that celebrates the achievements and abilities of Saint Louis University students. The following students were selected by the Neuroscience Program to showcase their culminating academic achievements to the SLU community through creative and poster presentations.

Presenters:

  • Himani Aligireddy (2019)
  • Ryanan Jayanth (2019)
  • Ross Pelzel (2019)
  • Jason Cocjin/Uddish Mondal (2018) 
  • Elizabeth Erickson (2018) 
  • Pallavi Mhaskar (2018) 
  • Sheetal Sethupathi (2017) 
  • Suriya Subramanian (2017) 
  • Denish Jaswal/Daniel Sprehe (2017) 
Other Awards and Honors

Chidera Agwu (2021) was selected to participate in the Washington University Institute for Public Health Aging & Neurological Diseases Summer 2019 Research Program.

Scott Lee ('20) was selected to participate in the Washington University Institute for Public Health Aging & Neurological Diseases Summer 2018 Research Program.


FAQ About SLU Neuroscience 

What are the requirements to transfer into the neuroscience program at SLU?

You must be a graduate of an accredited high school or have an acceptable score on the GED. An official high school transcript and official test scores are required only if you who have attempted fewer than 24 transferable semester hours of college credit.

If you have completed 24 college credit hours or more, you need only submit a transcript from previously attended colleges. In reviewing your file, the Office of Admission will holistically examine your academic performance in college-level coursework as an indicator of your ability to meet the academic rigors of Saint Louis University.

In addition, if you transfer as a sophomore and intend to major in neuroscience you must have transfer credits for PSY 1010, BIOL 1240/1245, BIOL 1260/1265, CHEM 1110/1115 and CHEM 1120/1125 with a grade of B- or better in each course. If you transfer as a junior, you must also have transfer credits for BIOL 3020 and BIOL 3040 with a 3.0 GPA in these courses.

What research opportunities are available through the  neuroscience program at SLU?

The research interests of our associated faculty include:

  • Autonomic systems neuroscience
  • Affective neuroscience
  • Behavioral neuroscience
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Cellular and molecular neuroscience
  • Clinical neurology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Computational neuroscience
  • Developmental neuroscience
  • Motor system neuroscience
  • Nerve regeneration
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Neuroendocrine
  • Neuroimaging
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Pain
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sensory systems neuroscience
  • Sleep disorders
  • Spinal cord injury
When is the best time to study abroad as a neuroscience major?

Study abroad offers many valuable opportunities and all students are encouraged to consider this option. However, many courses in the neuroscience sequence have prerequisites that are only offered once a year. Summer abroad programs avoid any possible scheduling conflicts. Students wishing to take a semester abroad should take NEUR 3400: Introduction to Neuroscience 1 in the spring of their sophomore year and travel abroad in their junior year. Spring semester is preferred for the neuroscience sequence; fall semester may be recommended by pre-professional health office. If you travel in fall of junior year, then you will take NEUR 3500: Introduction to Neuroscience 2 in fall of senior year.


For additional questions, contact your mentor or email the neuroscience program at neuroscience@slu.edu.