College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Neuroscience?

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system and brain function at many levels. These levels include information processing, systems and integrative physiology, and behavior. Our neuroscience curriculum combines the study of molecular and cellular biology with neuroscience, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, and neuropathology.

Neuroscience looks at the causes of a variety of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders, from brain cancer to epilepsy. It also teaches how to develop biomedical treatments for them. We'll encourage you to take part in faculty-led research programs in many areas. Examples include sensory processing, neuroendocrinology, physiology of neurons and glia, regeneration, and cell signaling.

Neuroscience majors become physicians, therapists (physical, speech, and language), pharmaceutical or neurodiagnostic technicians, policymakers, and scientists with pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies, universities, and government agencies.

Career Options

  • Physician
  • Physical Therapist
  • Speech Therapist
  • Clinical Research Assistant
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Professor
  • Pharmacist
  • Research Scientist
  • Neuropsychologist

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Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong math and science coursework and performance
  • Calculus preferred (if available at high school)
  • Biology and chemistry preferred (if available at high school)
  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major 

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Transfer Criteria

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Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,866
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $41,016


  • Tuition: $36,986
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $60,476


  • Tuition: $39,434
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $62,924