Bachelor of Science with a major in Neuroscience
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)


College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office at (207) 602-2271 or (207) 602-2371


The Department of Psychology offers students a broad-based liberal arts education with an emphasis on community, social and individual approaches to understanding human behavior.  Students are thus exposed to a combination of theoretical, scientific and practical approaches to solving human problems.  Issues of gender, race, class and culture are emphasized in courses throughout the curriculum.  As a result of required course work and internship experiences, the department graduates students with marketable skills that prepare them for entry-level positions in social services or for graduate study in related areas.  As part of this mission, the Department of Psychology offers four majors: psychology, neuroscience, animal behavior and psychology and social relations.

Major Description

A Bachelor of Science Degree in Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary major offered by faculty from various departments and colleges with expertise in the neuroscience.  The neuroscience curriculum offers students an opportunity to explore the structure and function of the nervous system.  The major requires a general science background, a number of courses specifically devoted to the brain and nervous system, and an in-depth experience that explores the limits of knowledge in at least one aspect of neuroscience.  The major allows considerable flexibility for students to develop the last two years along the lines of individual preferences and interests, with potential foci in areas of cellular/molecular neurobiology, behavioral neuroscience, or cognitive science.  The majority of students who graduate with a degree in Neuroscience enter graduate or professional programs culminating with careers in medicine/health care, research, and/or education.  

Curricular Requirements



CAS Core Requirements*

42 - 43

*Math core requirement is MAT 190 Calculus I

Program Required Courses 33-43
PSY 105 - Introduction to Psychology 3
BIO 106 - Biology II: Cellular/Molecular 4
CHE 110/111 - General Chemistry I & II 8
PSY 225 - Psychology Statistics or MAT 150 - Statistics for Life Sciences 3
NEU 210 - The Brain 4
PHY 110/111 - General Physics I & II 8
NEU 310 - Neurobiology of Mental Illness 3
CHE 210/211 - Organic Chemistry I & II (CHE 310 may substitute for CHE 211) 10
NEU 320 - Principles of Neurobiology 3
NEU 495 - Neuroscience Lab/special Topics 3
Neuroscience Electives (4) (see below) 12 - 20
Minimum Required Total Credits  120
Each student will choose four elective courses. No more than 3 may be chosen from either list A or B. No course counted as an elective may simultaneously satisfy program requirements.  
List A  
BIO 200 - Genetics (Human) 5
BIO 245 - General Principles of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology I 4
BIO 322 - Comparative Animal Physiology 3
BIO 330 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4
BIO 340 - Embryology 4
BIO 345 - General Principles of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology II 5
BIO 365 - Immunology 3
BIO 370 - Cell and Molecular Biology 3

BIO 404 - Neuroscience


BIO 407 - Developmental Biology


BIO 450 - Biology Topics

CHE 405 - Medicinal Chemistry 3
List B  
PSY 226 - Motivation and Emotion 3
PSY 245 - Evolutionary Psychology 3
PSY 205 - Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 275 - Introduction to Techniques in Animal Behavior


PSY 285 - Research Methods 3
PSY 335 - Comparative Animal Behavior or BIO 335 Animal Behavior/Behavioral Ecology 3
PSY 362 - Animal Cognition 3

PSY 365 - Biological Bases of Behavior 

PSY 370 - Drugs, Society and Behavior 3
PSY 380 - Learning/Conditioning and Behavior Modification or


PSY 382 - Animal Learning and Behavior

PSY 383 - Memory and Cognition 3
PSY 425 - Advanced Methods in Animal Behavior 3
PSY 440 - Sensation and Perception 3
PSY 490 - Behavioral Neuroscience 3
PHI 370 - Philosophy of Psychology 3
PHI 380 - Philosophy of Mind 3

Academic and Technical Standards

A minimum grade of "C-"  must be achieved in all courses used to fulfill the requirements for the Neuroscience  major. See Undergraduate Academic Policy also.

Learning Outcomes

 I. Learning Goals for NEUROSCIENCE Majors (knowledge base) 

Students who graduate with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Neuroscience at UNE 
will be able to: 

  1. Understand the cellular and molecular structure and function of neurons, including how  neurons communicate 
  2. Understand the organization and function of sensory and motor systems, including transduction mechanisms and encoding properties of the nervous system 
  3. Understand the organization and function of the brain as it relates to behavior and cognition 
  4. Understand the development and mechanisms of plasticity of the nervous system 
  5. Demonstrate a working knowledge of neuroanatomy, including an understanding of how nervous system structure relates to its function 

The program will provide a framework for the historical trends and theoretical 
perspectives in the neurosciences. The goal is to produce independent, self-motivated 
learners who have acquired the analytical and research skills that will help them to think 
creatively while integrating complex ideas. Particular emphasis is placed on developing 
the skills necessary to effectively communicate in both the written and oral format. 
Students will acquire the following skills as they complete their degree program in 
1. Quantitative skills 
1.1 Ability to represent information in a quantitative format 
1.2 Ability to analyze and interpret quantitative information, including graphs and statistics 
1.3 Ability to quantitatively manipulate data and information 
2. Critical and integrative thinking skills 
2.1 Ability to critique and develop experimental designs and methodology 
2.2 Ability to integrate findings from diverse fields to address a research question or develop a testable hypothesis. 
2.3 Ability to read and analyze a primary research paper 
3. Research skills 
3.1 Ability to develop a hypothesis and design experiments to test this hypothesis 
3.2 Ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data 
3.3 Ability to perform multiple techniques related to neuroscience research (specific techniques may vary, but include: anatomical techniques, electrophysiology, biochemical techniques, cell culture, behavioral studies, etc.) 

4. Communication skills 
4.1 Ability to present information orally in an organized and understandable manner 
4.2 Ability to communicate scientific information in written format for scientific 
4.3 Ability to communicate scientific information to the lay public in both oral and 
written format 
5. Independent critical thinking skills 
5.1 Ability to defend unique views/approaches/answers to well established phenomenon 
and theories based upon objective evidence 
5.2 Ability to overcome barriers/impediments to learning/research. 
5.3 Ability to find answers to questions that may not be specifically addressed in a course









MCAT or GRE Exam scores for Neuroscience majors who anticipate applying to medical or graduate school 


X     X

Data are reported to department annually in aggregate and student are 

given their individual scores.

All data are reviewed as part of program review 

every four years

All students are  required to complete an upper level neuroscience seminar course or independent research in a neuroscience laboratory 


Data are reported to department in an annual assessment meeting in aggregate and used as part of program review

Graduating student 
survey administered in 
early May of senior 


Data are reported to 
department in an annual assessment meeting in aggregate and used as part of program review

Internship Evaluation 
Form is required for Neuroscience students 
doing internships


Data are reported to department in an annual assessment meeting in aggregate and used as part of program review


A student with a major in another area may minor in Neuroscience with permission of the psychology department chair. A minimum of 25 hours of approved course credit with a grade of "C-" or better is required for the minor in Neuroscience as follows:

Minimum Credits 25
PSY 105 - Introduction to Psychology 3
BIO 106 - Biology II: Cellular/Molecular 4
CHE 110/111 - General Chemistry I & II 8
NEU 210 - The Brain 4
NEU 310 - Neurobiology of Mental Illness 3
NEU 320 - Principles of Neurobiology 3

Honors Program

We offer qualified students the option of participating in our Honors Program and graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member.

Transfer Credit

Courses previously completed at another accredited college can be transferred to this degree program.  Transferred courses must be reasonably close in scope and content to the required courses offered at UNE in order to count as exact equivalents.  Otherwise, they will transfer as general electives.  All Science/Math courses previously completed must be no older than five years.  Other restrictions apply.  See Undergraduate Admissions also.


Interested students should apply for admission to the neuroscience major.  Upon acceptance to the university students are provisionally admitted to this major.  Upon completion of 60 credit hours (approximately the end of the second year of full-time work) student progress is evaluated by the undergraduate curriculum committee (see below).  Students will then be fully admitted upon meeting the conditions indicated in the Program Standards section below.  See Undergraduate Admissions also.

The Neuroscience major is administered through the Department of Psychology with guidance from the Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.  Students interested in pursuing a degree in neuroscience will have a primary advisor in the psychology department and the option of a secondary advisor from among the interdisciplinary faculty who comprise the curriculum committee.

For more information, please contact any of the faculty from the Undergraduate Neuroscience Curriculum Committee listed below:

Glenn Stevenson, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Psychology / Program Coordinator, Neuroscience Major

Geoffrey Ganter, Ph.D., Professor
Department of Biology

Ian Meng, Ph.D., Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences

Michael Burman Ph.D, Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2015-2016 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication April 30, 2015.  *Addendum published January 29, 2016.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.