Understanding how the brain performs its functions and gives rise to cognition, learning, and behavior is one of the last frontiers of science. We are in an era of intense interest in neuroscience, the field of scientific inquiry focused on explaining how the brain works.
Indeed, neuroscience is now a major national and international priority. The establishment of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute (INI) at the University of Iowa highlights this momentum and demonstrates our commitment to becoming a renowned hub for neuroscience research and education.
An undergraduate degree in neuroscience opens doors to exciting opportunities across the health sciences, medicine, graduate school, and the biotechnology industry.
Neuroscience majors must meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Students who major in neuroscience may not earn a second major in biology or psychology, but may earn a minor in either area.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
Course work covers the breadth of neuroscience, from molecular neuroscience to cognitive neuroscience. Students take chemistry and physics in addition to courses offered by the Departments of Biology and Psychological and Brain Sciences that are tailored to the neuroscience major. These courses include:
- Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience
- Foundations of Biology
- Research Methods and Data Analysis I and II
- Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
- Animal Physiology
- Developmental Neurobiology
In addition, students take a laboratory-based neuroscience course and three neuroscience electives.
All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) must complete the requirements of the GE CLAS Core.
See Neuroscience in the UI General Catalog to learn more about required course work for the major and graduating with honors.