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Pursuing a Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience Major

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system and its impact on behavior and cognitive functions. This interdisciplinary field integrates several disciplines, including psychology, psychiatry, biology, chemistry, and physics. Because the study is interdisciplinary, the Neuroscience major involves multiple units, including the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, the Department of Biology, and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in collaboration with the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics (NExT) in the College of Medicine in offering this degree, as well as the Texas A&M Institute for Neuroscience (TAMIN).  The concentration of this degree that focuses on Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience is housed within the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences.

Students will develop competency in foundational coursework in the life and physical sciences, including biology, chemistry, and physics. Based on their individual career aspirations and interests, students will complete coursework in neuroscience that involves psychological and biological processes, as well as translational issues relevant to medical science and/or pharmacology, neural engineering, and biochemistry. Nationwide, there is increasing interest in neuroscience programs and training. In part, this interest is driven by changes in the employment market that focus on technical and medical support jobs. Students completing a B.S. in Neuroscience will be well prepared for graduate study, as well as to enter entry-level healthcare and technical occupations.

Degree, Transfer, and Change of Major Requirements


Major changes to Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience will begin in August prior to the start of the Fall 2020 semester. Please check back for instructions on how to apply and due dates for each major change meeting. Thank your for your patience.

Bachelor of Science in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience

Students majoring in Neuroscience with a concentration in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

  • A non-neuroscience minor is optional for majors. If chosen, a minor must consist of 15–18 credit hours and must be declared before the student completes 90 credit hours. No more than 6 hours from the minor may be used to fulfill other Core requirements. A grade of C or higher is required if a course is to be counted in the major or minor field.