University of Rochester

Undergraduate Programs


The program in neuroscience (BS in biological sciences: neuroscience) provides students interested in biology with an opportunity to explore the molecular, cellular, and physiological bases of behavior.

Administered by the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, the neuroscience concentration is one of several tracks associated with the Undergraduate Program in Biology and Medicine. It includes rigorous preparation in math, physics, chemistry, and biology, accompanied by core and upper-level courses in neuroscience offered by BCS faculty.

What is neuroscience? What will I learn?

Biological systems are composed of a variety of cell types, each performing highly specialized tasks. Neuroscience adopts a multidisciplinary approach to the study of nervous systems, and endeavors to understand how cells of this organ system function to generate and regulate behavior.

Nerve cells perform some of the most complex tasks of the body, imparting behavioral and physiological individuality to an organism. Accordingly, some of the most debilitating diseases known are associated with a failure in the function of these cells.

Neuroscience at the University of Rochester integrates fields as diverse as anatomy, biochemistry, biology, physiology, and psychology. Rochester’s program is one of only a few undergraduate programs in neuroscience available in the United States.

Neuroscience majors gain a solid background in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, along with a concentration of courses in neuroscience. As one of the BS tracks in the University's Undergraduate Program in Biology and Medicine (UPBM), it draws upon the collective strengths of several departments on the River Campus and at the Medical Center.