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Neurons

Unraveling mysteries of the brain and its functions.

The bachelor of science in neuroscience is a 120 credit, 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.

BS in Neuroscience Information Packet 

Undergraduate Neurosciences are also eligible to apply for the: 
Accelerated Masters in Biology
Accelerated Masters in Psychology (with concentration in Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience)
 

student examining substance under a microscope

Program Highlights

  • Our curriculum prepares students for careers in health sciences including medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and related allied health disciplines. 
  • Our neuroscience classes average under 20 students allowing you to get to know your peers and the neuroscience faculty. 

Course Catalog

Review admission and course requirements for this degree:

Career Paths

Neuroscience is an excellent path if you are interested in research or a health discipline. In addition to graduate or professional health school, a degree in neuroscience could also lead to careers in

  • Clinical research (ex: research assistant on a study for youth with autism spectrum disorders)
  • Lab management 
  • Bio/medical equipment or pharmaceutical sales
  • Grant writing or grant reviewer/administrator
  • Education (ex: science teacher)

Research Opportunities

You have multiple ways to gain research experience at Mason and the Neuroscience program has faculty and courses that cover the gamut of your potential interests. We offer research intensive courses direct through our curriculum. You can also contribute as an independent team member in a research lab, or develop your own research project and receive up to $5000 for the project through Mason’s Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR). Paid summer research opportunities are available through Mason’s Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP). Many students go on to publish papers with mentors and present their finding at national conferences.

Opportunities to learn about your topic of interest range from looking closely at individual molecules (Biophysics and Molecular Neuroscience) to how neural circuits produce memory or behavior (Systems Neuroscience), to how humans make decisions (Neuroeconomics) to how the brain reacts in social situations (Social Neuroscience). Visit the Neuroscience Research and Centers page or the faculty bios for more information. 

Add a Minor

As a Neuroscience major you may also be interested in these minors offered by the College of Science:

Explore Other Majors

Not sure about a major in Neuroscience? Check out these other majors instead:

George Mason University offers several masters and doctoral programs, outside of the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience, that may be of interest to students in the B.S. in Neuroscience program.