Two majors are offered with the degree, allowing students to customize their coursework and skills towards specific career objectives. The curriculum for both majors is designed to prepare students to succeed in admissions exams for graduate school (GRE) or a variety of professional schools (MCAT, LSAT, DAT).
The Cell and Molecular Neuroscience major emphasizes the development, anatomy, and physiology of the brain. Students in this major take 11 of their 17 degree elective hours in the Department of Biological Science, where the elective coursework offers a focus that includes genetics, molecular biology, immunology, histology, aging and development, comparative approaches to animal anatomy and behavior, and experimental and human physiology.
Biological Science Electives
The Behavioral Neuroscience major emphasizes systems, organismal, and human-level approaches to the brain. Students in this major take 11 of their 17 degree elective hours in the Department of Psychology, where the elective coursework offers a focus that includes the effects of sensory and social experience on brain and behavior, the mechanisms of learning and memory, cognitive processes and emotion, human brain disorders and disease, and the neural and behavioral effects of drugs and hormones.
Students interested in Computational Neuroscience, a growing field that emphasizes the mathematical modeling of neural activity and brain function, should consider a Biomathematics Major, which is offered by the FSU Department of Mathematics.