Bachelor of Science with a major in Neuroscience

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychology

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 three majors: psychology, neuroscience, and animal behavior.

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 - 46

Math core requirement is MAT 190 Calculus I

NEU Majors must take PSY 250 as one of their SGA courses

NEU Majors must take BIO 105 for their lab science core course

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 410 - Neurobiology of Mental Illness 3
CHE 210/211 or 210G/211G- 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 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 grade point average of 2.25 is necessary to be approved to add a major in Psychology, Animal Behavior, or Neuroscience, and to add a minor in Psychology, Animal Behavior, Neuroscience, Art Therapy, or MHRT/C.   Double majoring or majoring and minoring within the Department of Psychology may be possible for a student.  However, students interested in this option should do so with close consultation of their academic advisor to ensure that a substantial degree of overlap between the two areas does not occur.

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

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

  1. Demonstrate a broad foundation in the concepts and methodologies of the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience at the cellular, molecular, cognitive, systems, and behavioral levels.
  2. Demonstrate research skills including the ability to design experiments, and collect, analyze, and interpret data through research projects, lab work, internships, and coursework.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking skills by analyzing and evaluating neuroscience primary literature.
  4. Communicate in written and oral format scientific information in an organized and clear manner.

A student with GPA of at least 2.25 and a major at UNE may minor in Neuroscience with the approval of the Psychology Department Chair.  Declarations must occur prior to the completion of the first semester of the junior year. Major programs of study with significant course overlap with Neuroscience minor requirements may be disallowed by the chair.  Students declaring a minor in Neuroscience will not be allowed to double-dip credits across the minor and either major or core requirements (unless no other options are provided by the major, minor, or core requirements). 

A minimum of 25 hours of approved course credit with a minimum grade of "C-" in each course 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 410 - 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 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 may transfer as general electives.  All courses completed must be no older than five years.  Other restrictions apply.    See Undergraduate Admissions also.

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.

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This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2016-2017 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication April 29, 2016.

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