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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 change requests are now handled through your Howdy portal (students in TAMU System: College Station, Galveston, and Qatar)

  • Go to your Howdy portal and click on the My Record tab
  • Navigate to the Change of Major Requests box
  • Click on the Change of Major Tutorial link to learn how to check eligibility and submit your request

Upcoming Major Change Dates:

  • Spring 2021: JAN 7 – FEB 15
  • Summer 2021:  JUN 1 – JUN 28

NRSC (BCN) Degree Guide

Transfer Guide – Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience (BCN Track)

Math Placement for Incoming Students

Incoming NRSC freshmen are required to take the MPE I. If a student does not make an adequate score for MATH 151, they must first take MATH 150.

Double Majors & Double Degrees with NRSC

Not currently accepting

Major Change Requirements

-No more than 60 total hrs

3.0 GPA or above

– (3 hrs) Completion of PSYC 107 – Intro to Psychology

– (4 hrs) Completion of MATH – MATH 147, MATH 151 (Math 2413) OR MATH 171

– (8 hrs) Completion of BIOL 111 (BIOL 1406) and BIOL 112 (BIOL 1407)

– (8 hrs) Completion of CHEM 119 (CHEM 1411) OR CHEM 107/117 (CHEM 1470) and CHEM 120 (CHEM 1412)

*B or better in courses

** Students are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to take prerequisite courses at TAMU

*** If all required courses are completed through credit by exam, Change of Major will require a 3.0 in 8 hrs of science courses

Transfer Requirements

Same as major change except GPA is 3.25 or above

Adding a Minor to the BS – NRSC (BCN) Degree

  • CANNOT add a minor in PSYC to any of the NRSC degrees
  • A non-neuroscience minor (with the exception of PSYC) 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.

For more information, contact the advising office at psycadvising@tamu.edu.