Neuroscience Major (BS)


Neuroscience is a growing interdisciplinary field that draws upon the knowledge base from biology, chemistry, and psychology. You will learn how to effectively communicate and work with experts across all three fields as well as how to apply their varied approaches to problem-solving. Select from many upper-division courses to deepen your knowledge in what interests you the most about neuroscience.

SUNY Brockport is one of the first SUNY institutions to offer an undergraduate degree in neuroscience.

You will have the opportunity for hands-on instruction through lab and field courses as well as high-impact experiences through undergraduate research and internships.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare a major in neuroscience.

Program Requirements

Students in the neuroscience major pursue a Bachelor of Science degree and must complete the corresponding degreeā€™s requirements.

General Education Requirements (34* credits)

  • GEP 100 Academic Planning Seminar (1 credit)
  • ENG 112 College Composition (3 credits) (Q)
  • Oral Communication (3 credits) (Y)
  • Social Science (3 credits) (S)
  • Humanities (3 credits) (H)
  • US History & Civic Engagement (3 credits) (V)
  • World History & Global Awareness (3 credits) (O)
  • World Language (3 credits) (R)
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice (3 credits) (D)
  • Arts (3 credits) (F)
  • Contemporary Issues (3 credits) (I)
  • Perspectives on Gender (3 credits) (W)

Major Department Requirements (71-72 credits)

Biology (22 credits)

Chemistry & Biochemistry (16 credits)

Psychology (15 credits)

Physics (8 credits)

Mathematics (4 credits)

Major Electives (6-7 credits) choose from

Prerequisites (0-3 credits)

Electives (10-14 credits)

Total Credits (120 credits)

Additional Degree Requirements

  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in all required major courses (Major Departmental Requirements).
  • Completion of all college-wide degree requirements

*denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements

To make normal progress in the major, a student should complete the majority of 100- and 200- level courses and at least two 300-level courses by the end of the sophomore year. Please speak with your advisor about your specific needs and the timing of the courses that will work best for you.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will analyze the biochemical, molecular, and cellular processes and the cognitive or neural systems that cause behavior.
  2. Students will apply current laboratory procedures to study the structure, physiology, and biophysics of the nervous system.
  3. Students will think critically about research in neuroscience.
  4. Students will evaluate ethical issues relevant to empirical research and/or practice in the field of psychology.
  5. Students will demonstrate an understanding of ethical ramifications of issues both in reference to empirical research in neuroscience and in the impact of neuroscientific knowledge on society