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B.S. in Biological Neuroscience
Program of Study
Our program trains students in analytical problem-solving skills using cutting-edge research approaches and technologies.
As a result of completing this program students will:
- demonstrate proficiency in neuroscience, as well as in the foundational topics of cell and molecular biology, genetics and evolution, biochemistry, and ecology and the environment.
- demonstrate additional competency in advanced Biological Sciences topics relative to their academic interest.
- be able to apply skills such as reading primary literature, developing testable hypotheses, designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and using statistical and quantitative methods.
- be able to communicate effectively on scientific topics in written and oral formats.
- be able to apply knowledge and skills from across the curriculum to current problems in biological sciences to generate integrative papers, proposals, or other types of projects.
The B.S. in Biological Neuroscience includes both foundational biological science courses and a focus on neuroscience in the upper levels of the program.
Research is an important component of the B.S. in Biological Neuroscience. Our program introduces you to research in basic and advanced laboratory courses, and most students pursue independent research in a faculty laboratory or during their Arch Away Semester.
Minors and Concentrations
Rensselaer students can minor or concentrate in just about any degree area offered on campus. Programs of particular interest to those majoring in Biological Neuroscience include:
- Biochemistry & Biophysics
- Biomedical Engineering & Management
- Computer Science
- Environmental Science
- Psychological Science
In addition to the minor in Psychological Science, students particularly interested in that field may wish to consider the dual-major program in Biological Neuroscience and Psychological Science.
The Arch is a unique approach to education that provides flexibility in the semester schedule, allowing students to pursue professional and personal development opportunities that prepare them to meet the multifaceted challenges of the 21st century. The Arch is a requirement of the Rensselaer curriculum.
During The Arch, students remain on campus for the summer after their sophomore year, taking junior-level classes, and receive focused attention from professors at this pivotal point in their academic progression.
The World Away
Then, students leave the Troy campus for a semester during the traditional junior year—either fall or spring—to pursue their passions in the form of co-ops, internships, civic engagement, research, or international experiences. Students who pursue these opportunities during their academic career are better prepared for future professional careers and graduate school.
For more information regarding the Arch, please visit https://info.rpi.edu/the-arch
The Biological Sciences faculty provide a variety of research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in our degree programs. Students who are interested in pursuing research themselves or learning more about what faculty members in our department should consult the Biological Sciences Research page.