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Neuroscience, B.S.

College of Arts and Sciences

Explore the development and health of the mind, brain and nervous system in a fast-growing major combining biology, psychology and more. Neuroscience is an ideal choice for premedical students and graduate study candidates.

Enjoy extensive opportunities for hands-on research with outstanding faculty members while developing a background in physical science. While taking courses from many different areas, choose a specialty in cellular and molecular neuroscience, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, or neurodevelopment and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Program Highlights

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    Bright Futures

    Join a rigorous and prestigious new program in one of the fastest-growing majors at the university.

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    Interdisciplinary Studies

    Take a variety of courses, including biology, psychology, chemistry, exercise science, computer science and philosophy.

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    Expand Your Network

    Find mentorship among our more than 50 faculty experts in neuroscience, representing over 10 academic departments.

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    Get Noticed

    Obtain significant research experience with a thesis, and earn your degree with a Distinction in Neuroscience.

What You’ll Study

Explore the core areas of neuroscience, from molecules and cells to thought and behavior. Analyze, synthesize and evaluate scientific literature, and learn to communicate effectively about neuroscience concepts and principles. Create and evaluate hypotheses, design relevant experiments, and evaluate the results.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Analytical Reasoning

    Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions

    Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making

    Laboratory Research

    Conducting experiments and analyzing data to gain new knowledge and insights in a scientific field

  • Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

    Scientific Writing

    Communicating scientific research and findings in a clear, accurate and compelling manner

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Doctor
  • Health Care Worker
  • Neuroscientist
  • Psychologist
  • Linguist
  • Researcher

Workplace Settings

  • Health Care
  • Clinical Settings
  • Higher Education
  • Psychology
  • Linguistics
  • Government/Nonprofit Agencies

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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