The bachelor of science in neuroscience is an interdisciplinary program emphasizing the relationship between the biology and chemistry of the nervous system and behavior of an organism. The BS in neuroscience prepares students for graduate-level study in both medical school and doctoral and master's-level programs in neuroscience and other health-related fields, and work in the neuroscience field.

Admissions

University-wide admissions policies can be found in the Undergraduate Admissions Policies section of this catalog.

To apply for this program, please complete the George Mason University Admissions Application.

Policies

Students must fulfill all Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees, including the Mason Core

NEUR 410 Current Topics in Neuroscience or NEUR 411 Seminar in Neuroscience fulfill the writing intensive requirement.

For policies governing all undergraduate programs, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Banner Code: SC-BS-NEUR

Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.

Foundation Courses

Biology 1
BIOL 213Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core)4
Select one from the following: 23-4
General Genetics
Animal Physiology
Human Physiology
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Chemistry
CHEM 211
CHEM 213
General Chemistry I (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 212
CHEM 214
General Chemistry II (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)
4
Mathematics
Select one course (3 or 4 credits) from the following:3-4
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)
Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 3
Analytic Geometry and Calculus III
Statistics
Select one course (3 or 4 credits) from the following:3-4
Biostatistics for Biology Majors
Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)
Statistics in Psychology
Statistics
Physics
Select one of the following sequences:8
College Physics (Mason Core)
and College Physics Lab (Mason Core)
and College Physics (Mason Core)
and College Physics Lab (Mason Core)
University Physics I (Mason Core)
and University Physics I Laboratory (Mason Core)
and University Physics II (Mason Core)
and University Physics II Laboratory (Mason Core)
Psychology 1,4
PSYC 100Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core)3
PSYC 375Brain and Sensory Processes3
PSYC 376Brain and Behavior3
Computer Science
CDS 130Computing for Scientists (Mason Core)3
Core Courses in Neuroscience 1
NEUR 327Cellular, Neurophysiological, and Pharmacological Neuroscience3
NEUR 335Molecular, Developmental, and Systems Neuroscience3
Technical Writing 1
NEUR 410Current Topics in Neuroscience3
or NEUR 411 Seminar in Neuroscience
Required Psychology Lab Course 1
PSYC 373Physiological Psychology Laboratory1
Total Credits51-54
1

Students must earn a minimum grade of 1.67 (C-) in these courses. Either course fulfills the writing intensive requirement.

2

The course chosen to fulfill this requirement cannot be applied to the 24 credits of approved neuroscience electives.

3

Students intending to pursue a doctorate in neuroscience or a medical degree are advised to take MATH 114 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II.

4

Transfer students who have earned transfer credit for PSYC 372 Physiological Psychology may substitute this course for PSYC 375 Brain and Sensory Processes.

Electives

Students should consult with an advisor to choose appropriate elective courses, which must be approved by the director of the program. A sample of possible electives is given below. Students may apply no more than 6 credits of courses with a grade of D to this requirement.

Students intending to pursue a doctorate in neuroscience or a medical degree are advised to take CHEM 313 Organic Chemistry I and CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry Lab I.

Select 24 credits from the following:24
Introduction to Bioengineering
Physiology for Engineers
Biology of Microorganisms
and Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory
General Genetics
Animal Physiology
Selected Topics in Molecular and Cellular Biology (when topic is Foundations of the Mammalian Brain)
Vaccines
Human Physiology
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Immunology
Immunology Laboratory
Evolution
General Biochemistry
Eukaryotic Cell Biology
Developmental Neurobiology
Scientific Information and Data Visualization
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
Quantitative Chemical Analysis
Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences I
Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences II
General Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Lab
General Biochemistry II
Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
Linear Algebra
Analytic Geometry and Calculus III
Elementary Differential Equations
RS: Laboratory Methods in Behavioral Neuroscience
Current Topics in Neuroscience (when not used to fulfill the technical writing requirement) 1
Seminar in Neuroscience 1
Independent Study in Neuroscience
Honors Thesis Proposal
Honors Thesis
University Physics III (Mason Core)
University Physics III Laboratory (Mason Core)
Principles of Learning
Sensation, Perception, and Information Processing
Cognitive Psychology
Current Topics in Brain and Behavior
Total Credits24
1

Fulfills the writing intensive requirement.

Mason Core and Elective Credits

In order to meet a minimum of 120 credits, this degree requires an additional 42-45 credits which may be applied toward any remaining Mason Core requirements (outlined below), Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees, and elective courses. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisors to ensure that they fulfill all requirements.

Mason Core

Note: Some Mason Core requirements may already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed above. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisors to ensure they fulfill all remaining Mason Core requirements.

Foundation Requirements
Written Communication6
Oral Communication3
Quantitative Reasoning3
Information Technology3-7
Core Requirements
Arts3
Global Understanding3
Literature3
Natural Science7
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Western Civilization/World History3
Synthesis/Capstone Requirement 1
Synthesis/Capstone3
Total Credits40
1

minimum 3 credits

Honors in the Major 

Highly-qualified students may apply to graduate with honors in the major.

Eligibility

To be eligible for admission, neuroscience majors must have completed at least 60 credits and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 and a minimum GPA of 3.25 in neuroscience courses.

Honors Requirements

If accepted, students must take a sequence of three courses, which culminates in the successful completion and presentation of an independent honors thesis.

NEUR 410Current Topics in Neuroscience3
or NEUR 411 Seminar in Neuroscience
NEUR 450Honors Thesis Proposal2-3
NEUR 451Honors Thesis3-4
Total Credits8-10

To graduate with honors, students must earn a minimum GPA of 3.50 in their honors courses, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25, and complete an honors thesis.