Apr 19, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Neuroscience (B.S.)


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60-62 Major Hours (includes minor), 120 Degree Hours

Students in this major must also complete requirements for a degree in the College of Arts & Sciences .

As part of a broad-based, liberal arts curriculum, degrees in neuroscience will prepare students for a number of professional pathways, including graduate study in behavioral neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, biomedical sciences, or clinical neuropsychology; professional study in medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and law; careers in the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries; and careers in science writing and communication. By requiring students to choose either the cognitive specialization or the molecular and cellular specializing, the program will ensure that students focus on one of the two major subfields in neuroscience and tailor their undergraduate curriculum to specific paths for careers and/or graduate study.

Required Support Courses (28-29 hours)


Specialization (9 or 10 hours)


In addition, students must choose one of the following specializations. 

Four-Year Program Guides and Costs


USD encourages students to take 15 credits per semester or 30 credits within the year in order to graduate in 4 years. To help students complete their academic degree program in four years, we provide a sample academic plan. Please work with your academic advisor to confirm your plan.

Student Learning Outcomes


  1. Understanding the cellular and molecular function of neurons. 

  2. Understanding of basic neuroanatomy. 

  3. Understanding of behavior and cognition, as they relate to neuroscience.  

  4. Understanding of sensory and motor systems, as they relate to neuroscience. 

  5. Understanding the development and plasticity of the nervous system.  

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live


If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference the State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization

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