Program overview

Become an explorer in one of medicine’s final frontiers: the brain. UNE’s Neuroscience major combines hands-on discovery, research, and internships to bring you an interdisciplinary program incorporating the fields of psychology, biology, chemistry, and biomedical science. Ranked a “High Research Activity” university by the Carnegie Classification, we boast field-leading faculty members and state-of-the-art resources that you would expect at a large institution. Yet we provide a small, intimate college environment that gives you the one-on-one attention and access to sophisticated equipment that are usually only offered at the graduate level. Visit our blog to read more about the class experiences, internships, activities, and accomplishments of our Neuroscience students and faculty.

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Why UNE for Neuroscience

With our uncommon breadth of research opportunities for undergraduates, you’ll have opportunities to work on research funded by the NIH, NSF, and top tier foundations. From participating in experiment design to publishing findings as co-author, you will get graduate-level experience as an undergraduate student.

Michael Burman

Being in a place that’s growing, improving, and on a mission to get better is inspiring.

Academics

In your second two years, you may choose to focus on cellular/molecular neurobiology, behavioral neuroscience, or cognitive science.

Examples of Available Courses

The following are some examples of the exciting courses that you can take:

  • Neuroscience Internship
  • Neuroscience Research
  • Introduction to Neurobiology
  • Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Introduction to Mental Illness

By choosing the Pre-Med/Pre-Health Professions track of the Neuroscience major, you can complete all prerequisite coursework for graduate study in medicine, physician assistant, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.

Curriculum

CAS Core Requirements Credits
Math Core Requirement must be MAT 190 - Calculus I One SGA course must be PSY 250 Lab Science Requirement must be BIO 105 42-46
Program Required Courses Credits
PSY 105 - Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 225 - Psychology Statistics or MAT 150 - Statistics for Life Sciences 3
NEU 205/205L - Introduction to Neurobiology 4
NEU 306/306L - Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience 4
NEU 410 - Neurobiology of Mental Illness 3
NEU 495 - Neuroscience Lab Research or NEU 300 - Internship or PSY 300 - Psychology Internship 3
Total credits required 20
Neuroscience Electives (3) Credits
BIO 106/106L - Biology II: Cellular/Molecular 4
CHE 110/110L - General Chemistry I 4
CHE 111/111L - General Chemistry II 4
CHE 210/210L/210S or CHE 210G/210LG/210LS - Organic Chemistry I 5
CHE 211/211L/211S or CHE 211G/211LG/211SG - Organic Chemistry II 5
PHY 110 - General Physics I 4
PHY 111 - General Physics II 4
Total credits required 9–13
Minimum Required Total Credits 120

Students that have completed CHE 150/CHE 150L - University General Chemistry I may substitute the course for the CHE 110/CHE 110L - General Chemistry I requirement. Students that have completed CHE 310/310L - Fundamentals of Biochemistry may substitute the course for CHE 211 - Organic Chemistry II requirement.

Electives

Each student will choose three elective courses. No more than two may be chosen from either list A or B. No course counted as an elective may simultaneously satisfy program requirements.

List A
Course Credits
BIO 214 /214L - Genetics 4
BIO 245/245L - General Principles of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology I 4
BIO 322 - Comparative Animal Physiology 3
BIO 330/330L - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4
BIO 340/340L - Embryology 4
BIO 345/345L - General Principles of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology II 5
BIO 365 - Immunology 3
BIO 370 - Cell and Molecular Biology 3
BIO 407 - Developmental Biology 3
BIO 450 - Biology Topics (with program approval) 3
CHE 405 - Medicinal Chemistry 3
List B
Course Credits
PSY 226 - Motivation and Emotion 3
PSY 245 - Evolutionary Psychology 3
PSY 205 - Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 275 - Introduction to Techniques in Animal Behavior 3
PSY 285 - Research Methods 3
PSY 290 - Developmental Psychopathology 3
PSY 316 - Psychology of Consciousness 3
PSY 325 - Psychology of Aging 3
PSY 335 - Comparative Animal Behavior or BIO 335 Animal Behavior/Behavioral Ecology 3
PSY 362 - Animal Cognition 3
PSY 364 - Social and Emotional Development in Childhood 3
PSY 370 - Drugs, Society, and Behavior 3
PSY 380 - Learning/Conditioning and Behavior Modification or PSY 384/ 384L - Animal Learning and Behavior or PSY 382/ 382L - Animal Learning and Behavior 3-4
PSY 383 - Memory and Cognition 3
PSY 425 - Advanced Methods in Animal Behavior 3
PHI 370 - Philosophy of Psychology 3
PHI 380 - Philosophy of Mind 3

Students in this major can participate in the pre-health graduate school preparation tracks.

To learn more about the program visit the Catalog.

Medical and Other Health Care Preparation

If you are interested in attending medical school, a physician assistant program, or a graduate program in occupational or physical therapy, you can major in Neuroscience at UNE and fulfill all of the prerequisites for these programs. Find out more by visiting the Office of Pre-Health Professions Advising.

Meet our faculty and professional staff

Honors Program

We offer qualified students the option of graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member. Interested students should consult with their advisor.

Contact

For more information contact Glenn Stevenson, Ph.D. at (207) 602-2285 or gstevenson@une.edu

Neuroscience Research at UNE: Can We Reduce the Effects of Neonatal Trauma on the Brain?

Meet Professor Michael Burman, Ph.D., and student Skylar McComas (Neuroscience ’22) as they seek to understand the effects of neonatal trauma on the brain. 

Careers

With the research experience most undergraduates can only dream of, you will stand out to employers and graduate schools alike. Your robust knowledge, analytical skills, internship experience, and outreach service will stand you in good stead as you embark on your journey to success in the neuroscience field. Our Neuroscience majors may explore numerous careers, including:

  • Neuroscientist (in academic, governmental, or industrial settings)
  • Physician/Neurologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Consultant
  • Scientific Writer
  • Policy Advocate
  • Biotechnician

Career Advising

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, Career Advising is here to help you plan your next step.

Facilities

As a Neuroscience student, you benefit from UNE's extraordinary resources.

Teaching Classrooms

We have dedicated teaching classrooms that allow you the opportunity to work closely with faculty and peers in hands-on activities. 

Psychology Labs

In these spaces, you will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects involving Psychology faculty members. Projects have included memory processes underlying reading comprehension, how explicit and implicit self and relationship processes influence how people navigate the ups and downs of daily life.

Neuroscience Labs

Our faculty members with expertise in the neurosciences have labs dedicated to their research into topics concerning learning and memory, cognition and development, psychopharmacology, and drug addiction and pain.

Animal Behavior Labs

In these labs, you have chances to work with faculty on a variety of research projects, such as ones investigating conservation genetics, wildlife conservation, and how pharmaceuticals, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and other pollutants affect the behavior of the fish.

Centers for Excellence

Center for Excellence in Neuroscience

The Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences sponsors research opportunities for Neuroscience majors.

The Center organizes a Neuroscience Summer Scholars Program, supporting Neuroscience majors with their summer research projects.

Summer scholars attend the summer seminar series, which brings in researchers from around the world, and present their experimental results at a research fair held at the conclusion of the summer.

Center for Excellence in Aging and Health

The Center for Excellence in Aging and Health promotes innovative, interprofessional research and programming to extend healthspan, enhance well-being, celebrate personal legacies, and disseminate professional best practices for the benefit of aging adults wherever they call home.

Psychology faculty are active parts of the center and students working with these faculty have the opportunity to explore issues of aging.

Center of Biomedical Research Excellence for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function

Center of Biomedical Research Excellence for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function, dedicated to understanding the neurobiology of pain and the development of novel therapies.

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Two U N E students observes a fish's behavior via a video feed

Experiential Learning

Internships

Intern off campus or in one of our faculty labs that are conducting cutting-edge research. Join studies in:

  • Development of anxiety and behavioral neuroscience
  • Neurogentics and pain sensitization
  • Headache and ocular pain
  • Psychopharmacology and gut microbiome

For more information, contact the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office at (207) 602-2540 or fax at (207) 602-5880 or email Cynthia Simon, director, at csimon@une.edu.

Research

As a Neuroscience major at UNE, you may choose to become more deeply involved in research in one of our faculty-led laboratories.

You get the opportunity to participate in research including developing new research ideas and materials, running participants, and analyzing and disseminating the results of research at conferences, and through publications in peer-reviewed journals.

A number of our faculty members have research laboratories that offer undergraduate research experiences throughout the academic year. Additionally, UNE provides an opportunity for you to apply for research funding through the SURE program to work with a faculty member on research during the summer.

We encourage you to learn more about the different opportunities available, some of these are highlighted below. If you are interested in doing research, please contact the faculty to discuss your interests.

Animal Behavior

Faculty in our Animal Behavior program are currently performing research in the following areas:

Behavioral Neuroscience
Clinical Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Social Psychology

Beyond the Classroom

As a student in our Neuroscience program, you have the opportunity to participate in different student organizations specifically geared toward people with a passion similar to your own.

Animal Behavior Club

The Animal Behavior Club is open to all members who want to get involved with animals, learn about animals, and get the community pumped about animals.

If you are a UNE student and would like to become a member of the Psychology Club, please email msuper@une.edu.

Faculty Advisor

Zach Olson, Ph.D.
Decary Hall, Room 335
zolson@une.edu

Neuroscience Club

This student organization works with the neuroscience department to promote neuroscience as a major and promotes opportunities for you to know more about the neuroscience field. It also helps connect you with undergrad research opportunities.

If you are a UNE student and would like to become a member of the Psychology Club, contact mrice4@une.edu.

Faculty Advisor

Mike Burman, Ph.D.
Decary Hall, Room 328
mburman@une.edu

Psychology Club

The mission of the Psychology Club is to create a community of students who share a common interest in the discipline of psychology and its broad application while also providing students with connections to Psychology faculty and opportunities for social engagement.

We welcome Psychology majors and minors as well as anyone else who has an interest in Psychology. We hold regular club meetings and put on campus-wide events that engage members of the larger academic community at UNE in activities that involve psychology. 

Past events have included:

  • NAMI: Five Stories of Hope and Resiliency 
  • Relay For Life: We make a team and fundraise annually 
  • Annual faculty student socials 
  • Brain Fair 
  • Out of the Darkness Walk  
  • Save the Waves 

More events are added every year.

How to Join

If you are a UNE student and would like to become a member of the Psychology Club, please contact Kana Colarossi at kcolarossi@une.edu. You are welcome to come to a meeting prior to joining, — you do not have to be a member to attend.

Faculty Advisor

Nicole McCray, Ph.D.
Decary Hall, Room 325 
nmccray@une.edu

PSI CHI

Founded in 1929, PSI CHI is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and an affiliate of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS).

With the stated mission of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship in the science of psychology, PSI CHI has grown to become one of the largest and most successful honor societies in the world with more than 1,100 chapters and 537,000 members. UNE's chapter was formed in 2010.

For more information, visit the official PSI CHI website or contact the UNE chapter's faculty advisor, Dr. Jennifer Stiegler-Balfour at jstiegler@une.edu.

Become a Member

To be eligible for membership in PSI CHI, you must:

  • Be a major or minor in UNE's Department of Psychology 
  • Be at least a second-semester sophomore
  • Have completed 9 semester hours of psychology and/or neuroscience courses
  • Rank in the top 35 percent of your class in general scholarship
  • Possess a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in both psychology and neuroscience classes and cumulatively
  • Maintain a high standard of personal behavior

Resources

Induction Ceremonies

Announcements

APAGS/Psi Chi Junior Scientist Fellowship

The intent of the Junior Scientist Fellowship is two-fold: to provide funding for a first-year or second-year graduate-level project and to provide constructive feedback to select applicants to increase their chances of achieving success on future National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship applications.

The primary intent is to recognize outstanding research-oriented students who are entering their first year (or the first semester of their second year) of graduate study and to help them get their research off the ground. Graduate students from research-based psychology and neuroscience programs are eligible to apply.

The second intent of this fellowship is to provide written feedback to select applicants. Many students apply for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship without ever having applied for a research fellowship. By providing feedback to select applicants, this program encourages them to strengthen their NSF graduate fellowship applications.

Funds for this $1,000 fellowship must be used to support direct research costs. These funds can be used to pay participants, purchase essential equipment or software, acquire books or instructional manuals critical to one's line of research, pay fees to publish in open-access journals, or for any other direct research cost. The funds cannot be used for indirect costs such as travel, personal computers, or class textbooks. The funds can be used for any direct research costs in a student's first year (or in the second year, if submitting in the summer prior to one's second year) of graduate school and do not need to be limited to the research discussed in the Research Essay.

Special APS Membership Offer for PSI CHI Student Members

The Association for Psychological Science is offering a reduced APS Students Membership rate for PSI CHI student members. Membership includes subscriptions to four APS journals, discount rates for the APS annual convention, and other benefits. This offer is good for new memberships only. To take advantage of this offer, use the PSI CHI promotional code PSCH at www.psychologicalscience.org/join.

Brain Fair

UNE’s Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences created the annual Brain Fair to engage the community in brain exploration, with the goal of promoting interest in STEM disciplines. Students, staff, and faculty develop neuroscience-related hands-on activities and experiments for the general public.

Experience the Brain Fair

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