/ Neuroscience


In order to take full advantage of the interdisciplinary infastructure at Hope, we offer a Bachelor of Arts program in neuroscience. 

Neuroscience Major

During the first two years of the program, you will take introductory coursework in biology, chemistry, psychology and neuroscience. You’ll also work to develop your research skills in courses such as Research Methods and Statistical Methods.

Neuroscience-specific content will be delivered in four neuroscience-focused courses (NSCI 211, BIO/CHEM 335, NSCI 312 and PSY 340) and the remaining required content-focused classes are divided among three different categories:

  • Advanced biology/psychology courses
  • Philosophy electives
  • Computer science/engineering/physics electives

You can pick and choose courses among these different areas to tailor the program to match your interests.

The Advanced Neuroscience Research I and II (NSCI 411/412) courses serve as a capstone experience in which you conduct a year-long, faculty-led, collaborative research project focused on a novel question in neuroscience.

Neuroscience Minor

As a minor, you are only required to complete the Introduction to Neuroscience course (NSCI 211) and the Neuroscience Research Courses (411 and 412). In addition to these courses, you’ll round out your minor with 12 credits of flagged courses, only eight of which may be taken in your major. These courses are taught by faculty in our sister departments — biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, nursing, philosophy and psychology — and address an array of topics relevant to the field of neuroscience.

Course Information

NSCI 211: Introduction to Neuroscience

This course explores complex behavior and cognitive topics and includes lab studies at the cellular, molecular and organismal levels.


This course provides depth of training in neuropharmacology and cellular/molecular neuroscience and also serves as an advanced course elective for the neuroscience minor and the chemistry, biochemistry and biology programs.

NSCI 312: Neuroanatomy and Neuropharmacology

This course is focused on structure/function relationships of the vertebrate nervous system, using a systems-based approach.


This course probes important concepts at the highest level of neuroscience, such as perception, attention, memory, language, decision making and reasoning. This course also serves as an advanced survey elective for the psychology program and as a flagged course in the neuroscience minor.

NSCI 411: Advanced Neuroscience Research 1

The first class in a two-part interdisciplinary capstone course in which students with different academic majors work together as a team to complete a self-designed neuroscience research project supervised by an instructor. 

NSCI 412: Advanced Neuroscience Research 2

The second class in the two-part interdisciplinary capstone course.

View full course information in the catalog 


“I really liked how flexible the program was. It was easy for me to find courses interesting to me that I thought would help advance my career. The instructors were good, and the classes were implemented well.”
—Program assessment survey

Important considerations

  • Students with majors outside of psychology are strongly encouraged to take PSY 100: Introduction to Psychology to fulfill the Social Science I General Education requirement. This class will prepare you for the upper-level flagged courses offered through the psychology department.
  • Students with majors outside of biology who are interested in taking a flagged course in biology are strongly encouraged to take BIO 221: Human Physiology as their flagged course.
  • Students can receive credit for taking BIO 221 or BIO 442, but not for both classes.
  • Students must take NSCI 411 and NSCI 412 in the same academic year.
  • Students should attempt to take as many of their flagged courses as possible prior to enrolling in NSCI 411.