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Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Undergraduate Studies in Neuroscience


Welcome to the undergraduate Neuroscience major web page. We are pleased that you are interested in studying neuroscience at the University of Colorado. CU has a large and growing population of neuroscientists and is a leader in neuroscience research and graduate training. It is with great excitement that we are now able to educate the undergraduate students at CU in the field of neuroscience.

The growth and excitement of neuroscience in the 21st century comes in great part from a substantial amount of research progress in the field. We are now able to speak about higher brain functions and neurological diseases in terms of neural systems, single cells and molecules. We strive to bring that excitement into the undergraduate classroom where we encourage close collaboration among students in the program and between the students and faculty. Therefore, we admit approximately 80 students into the major each year with the core courses being taken by Neuroscience students. The core coursework in the major strives to enhance the student's knowledge of the basic functioning of the nervous system, from single ion channels to neural circuits and the role of these in behavioral functioning.

If you are interested in how the nervous system works, please consider joining our major. Students considering a career in medicine, pharmacy, veterinarian or basic research will find the major especially rewarding. If you would like to discuss how our major relates to your interests or career plans, do not hesitate to contact me, or the neuroscience advising office. I will be happy to set up an appointment and speak with you.

Jerry Rudy, Director of the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program
College Professor of Distinction

How to declare the neuroscience major

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