About the Major


UVA's undergraduate program in Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary major offering a Bachelor of Arts degree. Functioning under the auspices of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Neuroscience program offers courses in the departments of psychology and biology, with research labs functioning throughout the University as well as the School of Medicine. The major is designed for students who have a strong interest in the biology of the nervous system and a desire to conduct original research with UVA neuroscientists (e.g., future PhD or combined MD/PhD students). We recommend that pre-professional students who cannot commit for two years of intense research should consider other majors, which accommodate premed activities more readily and facilitate neuroscience research as effectively. A maximum of 25 students will be selected for the program each year from a pool of applicants. Student selection will be based on 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.

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 provide opportunities for undergraduate students to conduct research in Neuroscience Graduate Program Laboratories in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the School of Medicine.