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Neuroscience, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #51 (BCR) Boston, MA, United States
The undergraduate major in Neuroscience at Boston University is motivated by an enthusiasm for exploration and an urgency to foster scientific literacy amidst a constant stream of news stories heralding “life-changing” discoveries.
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How do some individuals achieve superhuman feats of physical ability, while others suffer the debilitating effects of neurodegenerative disease? How do creativity and failure serve the process of discovery? What makes it possible for a mere thought to control a robotic limb or computer? Growing academic interest and popular fascination with the brain signal a dynamic time for the field of neuroscience and inform our two broad goals: preparation for standard science-oriented careers in both academia and private industry; and nurturing of skills and competencies that apply to a range of postgraduate trajectories, including education, law, public policy, communication, sales and marketing, engineering, public health, and clinical and behavioral therapy. 

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Major in Neuroscience at Boston University will demonstrate:

  • Mastery of the fundamentals of neuroscience spanning the breadth of the field, from the theoretical to the experimental, and across multiple levels of analysis; for example, how does the functional neuroanatomy of sensory processing support language ability and/or what cellular features and molecular mechanisms lead to neurodegenerative disorders?
  • Competency in relating physical and mathematical principles to fundamental concepts in neuroscience, for example, constructing mathematical models of biological systems.
  • Competency in evidence-based reasoning and experimental design, for example, identifying manipulated and measured variables, measurement metrics, experimental controls, power, validity, and reliability.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Neuroscience
  • Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology with Integrated Science Experience
  • Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience
  • Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements


  • Common Application or Coalition Application     
  • High School Transcript
  • Senior Year Grades
  • Counselor Recommendation and School Report Form   
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Standardized Tests
  • Secondary School Records
  • Documentation of Financial Support
  • Copy of Data Page of Passport

Tuition Fee

  • International

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
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