Objectives of the Major

1. To provide students with a structure for coursework that assures a solid grounding in natural science and an overall familiarity with neuroscience as a discipline.
2. To sponsor events that communicate neuroscience research and activities on grounds, as well as provide students with information on research careers. Such events include special lectures, symposiums and workshops on graduate school and career options.
3. To foster active participation by undergraduate students in Neuroscience Graduate Program laboratories across the grounds by providing opportunities to conduct research in neuroscience laboratories in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the School of Medicine.


A maximum of 25 students will be selected for the program each year from a pool of applicants. Students will be chosen on the basis of prior academic and research performance and an essay explaining the student’s interest in neuroscience. The program will provide majors with the background and skills for continued study in graduate and professional schools.

The major is designed for students with a strong interest in the biology of the nervous system and a desire to conduct original research with U.Va. neuroscientists (e.g., future PhD or combined MD/Ph.D. students). We recommend pre-professional students who cannot commit for two years of intense research to consider other majors, which accomodate premed activities more readily and facilitate neuroscience research as effectively.

Program Director

Jay Hirsh PhD. Professor, Department of Biology
PLSB 416


Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Tayler Young, Department of Psychology
Gilmer 140A

Neuroscience Executive Committee

J.C. Cang, Department of Biology
Peter Brunjes, Department of Psychology
John Lukens, Department of Neuroscience