Neuroscience-Cellular and Molecular

Neuroscience - Cellular & Molecular BS

Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience is designed to provide rigorous preparation in scientific knowledge at the molecular, cellular and behavioral levels to those students interested in pursuing advanced studies and professional development in neuroscience, medicine or a related field in life sciences.


In addition to neuroscience, graduates will be well prepared for graduate or professional studies in cell or molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, biomedical sciences, medicine, pharmacology, dentistry, and many allied health fields. Graduates who do not pursue graduate studies will be prepared to accept technical positions in industry (pharmaceutical, biotech) or government and university laboratories.


CMN majors will be required to take at least two of the discipline-specific courses required of students majoring in each of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. CMN majors can develop in depth knowledge in a variety of neuroscience and related topics via completion of required elective courses in the major, which range from “Research Techniques in Molecular Biology” to “Neural Basis of Behavior.” CMN emphasizes training in research and laboratory skills. As part of the research experience, students will develop skills in evaluating and presenting research literature as well as in presenting the student’s own research.

Program Goals

After completing this program, students should:

  • understand the principal levels of organization of living organisms: molecular structure, cellular structure, tissue organization, organ integration, organism interaction
  • understand the biochemical and biophysical principles that underlie living organisms; physical interactions, chemical bonds, molecular interaction, polymerization, emergent properties of supramolecular organization
  • understand principles that govern interaction between and within cells, tissues and organisms
  • understand the major principles of the discipline, i.e, proliferation, generation of diversity, evolution by natural selection
  • communicate using oral, written, or electronic media, and understand attribution and acknowledgement of sources

Related Web Sites

Department of Biology 

Neuroscience Program Requirements

Neuroscience Advising Sheets and Flowcharts


Dr. Joel Sheffield
Department of Biology
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 311

Dr. Edward R. Gruberg
Department of Biology
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 320