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Why study neuroscience?
Neuroscience is a highly multidisciplinary field. It combines aspects of physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, sociology, computer science, and even philosophy. Simply put, there is something in it for everyone. Because of its interdisciplinary nature, neuroscience can be applied to many levels of many career paths, including medicine, research, education, psychology, law, engineering, and public policy. Fifty million Americans have neurological disabilities, and one in three Americans will experience a mental disorder in their lifetime. Understanding the mechanisms behind these diseases will help us develop better prevention strategies, treatments, and cures. The brain is the most complex and mysterious organ in the body. It is involved in every human endeavor and is the seat of our emotions, actions, memories and perceptions. By understanding its function, we can gain important insights about ourselves and about humanity.
 
How do I become a member?
SIGNING UP: Send us an email at utdnsa@gmail.com and we will add you to our emailing list. Alternatively, you can show up to any of our meetings and sign up there.
DUES: Each semester we ask our members to pay $10 ($5 dues/$5 covers the cost of a t-shirt) dues in order to have refreshments at our meetings and put on all our fun events.
HOURS: In order to become an officer in the future or be nominated for Nu Rho Psi, an honor society we hope to have implemented in the coming year, we are asking that you complete ten (10) hours of NSA-sponsored activities per semester. These hours may come from meetings, guest speakers, volunteering and social events. Please only sign up for volunteer events if you are sure you can go, and contact us at least 24 hours before if you have to cancel or we will deduct hours from you.
 
Do I need to be a neuroscience major to be a member?
Not at all! We welcome all majors and many of our members study psychology, cognitive science and biology.
 
What are the major core classes for a neuroscience major?
The BS in neuroscience requires 120 credit hours. The minor requires 18 credit hours.
All of the following:
NSC 3361 Behavioral Neuroscience
NSC 4066 Neuroanatomy Workshop
NSC 4352 Cellular Neuroscience
NSC 4353 Neuroscience Laboratory Methods (also satisfies 3 hours part A of Core Curriculum)
NSC 4354 Integrative Neuroscience
NSC 4356 Neurophysiology
NSC 4363 Neuropharmacology
NSC 4366 Neuroanatomy
NSC 4367 Developmental Neurobiology 
 
What are the different degree plans?
Neuroscience BS
Neuroscience BS (Pre-Health Track)
Major Related Courses
 
What does research entail?
Research experience is an important component in many students' future plans, and critical for those contemplating graduate, medical or dental school training. Individual investigators periodically accept students to work for research credit in their laboratories. The requirements are typically nine or more hours of previous neuroscience courses, a commitment to 10 hours per week for two or more semesters of lab work, and convergence of research interests with the lab selected.
 
What about internships?
Undergraduate juniors and seniors with a GPA of 2.5 or higher are eligible to enroll in an internship class. This class enables students to receive credit for one of four types of internship opportunities, each of which involves roughly eight hours of practicum work per week
 
Is there an honors program?
BBS Honors Program
BBS Dean's Scholars Program
 
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