High Point University’s Neuroscience Program strives to provide students with state-of-the-art, rigorous, laboratory-intensive training in this interdisciplinary field.
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Interim Director of Neuroscience, Associate Professor of Psychology, Institutional Review Board Chair
Chair of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences

Within the context of the liberal arts environment, High Point University’s Neuroscience Program provides students with interdisciplinary curricular options that that prepare them for a wide variety of post-baccalaureate goals within their field (e.g., careers in medical fields, research, education, clinical psychology, neuropsychology, speech pathology/audiology, occupational therapy, and physical therapy). Emphasis is placed on science as a process, supported by a conceptual understanding of basic principles in neuroscience. To this end, hands-on, experiential learning opportunities are abundant, both within the classroom and teaching laboratories as well as through original research. As a result, our curricula foster within students not only the knowledge base, but also the critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills that prepare them for success in their future careers and for leadership roles within society.

B.S. in Neuroscience – 2022-2023 forward

Core Courses (24 credits)

PSY 2000 Introduction to Psychology (4)

PSY 2600/NEU 2600 Biopsychology (4)

BIO 2001 Genetics (3)

BIO 2002 Genetics Lab (1)

NEU 3010 Principles of Cellular Neuroscience (4)

NEU 3011 Systems Neuroscience with Neuroanatomy Lab (4)

PSY 2100 Statistics or STS 2020 or STS 2910 Introduction to Statistical Analysis with SAS Applications (4)

Behavioral Neuroscience Track

Additional Core Courses (8 credits)

PSY 2500 Cognitive Psychology (4)

PSY 3100 Research Methods (4)

Electives Group 1 (12 credits)

PSY 3510 Language & Thought (4)

PSY 3520 Sensation & Perception (4)

PSY 4342 Cognitive Aging (4)

PSY 4510 Learning & Memory (4)

PSY 4610 Drugs & Human Behavior (4)

PSY 4620 Clinical Neuropsychology (4)

Electives Group 2 (8 credits) at least 4 credits need to be outside of PSY

STS 2950 Biostatistics (4)

CSC 1710 Introduction to Programming (4)

PSY 2250 Abnormal (4)

PSY 2300 Lifespan (4)

PSY 4110 Undergraduate Research (no more than 4 hours)

PSY 4710-4750 Internship (4)

NEU 4200 Neurogenesis (4)

NEU 4210 Current Techniques (4)

NEU 4290 Current Topics (4)

Neurobiology Track

Additional Core Requirement (4 credits)

BIO 3061 Integrated Human Physiology / Lab (3/1)

Upper-Level Electives (12 credits) must include at least 4 credits NEU

NEU 4200 Neurogenesis (4)

NEU 4210 Current Techniques (4)

NEU 4290 Current Topics in Neuroscience (4)

PSY 3510 Language & Thought (4)

PSY 3520 Sensation & Perception (4)

PSY 4342 Cognitive Aging (4)

PSY 4510 Learning & Memory (4)

PSY 4610 Drugs & Human Behavior (4)

PSY 4620 Clinical Neuropsychology (4)

Natural Science Electives (12 credits)

CHM 1010/1011 General Chemistry I/Lab (3/1)

CHM 1020/1021 General Chemistry II/Lab (3/1)

CHM 2510/2011 Organic Chemistry I/Lab (3/1)

CHM 2520/2021 Organic Chemistry II/Lab (3/1)

PHY 1510/1511 General Physics / Lab (3/1)

STS 2950 Biostatistics (4)

Please note that NEU majors will be required to take BIO 1500/1501 as their general education science requirement and MTH 1400 as their general education math requirement.

*A student cannot double major in Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience.

*A student cannot double major in Biology and Neurobiology.

2020-2022 (58 credits)

First Year

BIO 1500/1501 Principles of Cell Biology/Lab (3/1)

BIO 2001 Principles of Genetics/Lab (3/1)

CHM 1010/1011 General Chemistry I/Lab (3/1)

CHM 1020/1021 General Chemistry II/Lab (3/1)

PSY 2000 Introduction to Psychology (4)

Second Year

BIO/NEU 3010 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (4)

BIO/PHS 3061/3061L Integrated Human Physiology/Lab (3/1)

CHM 2510/2011 Organic Chemistry I/Lab (3/1)

CHM 2520/2021 Organic Chemistry II/Lab (3/1)

STS 2020 or STS 2910 Introduction to Statistical Analysis with SAS Applications or PSY 2100 Statistics (4)

Upper Level Electives (16 Credits) Third & Fourth Years

NEU 3011/3011L Neuroanatomy/Lab (3/1)

One 3000 or 4000 level BIO course with lab component

Select 8 credits from the following (no more than 1 PSY course)

NEU 4200 Neurogenesis (4)

NEU 4210 Current Techniques in Neuroscience (4)

NEU 4290 Current Topics in Neuroscience (4)

PSY 3510 Language and Thought (4)

PSY 3520 Sensation and Perception (4)

PSY 4342 Cognitive Aging (4)

PSY 4510 Learning and Memory (4)

PSY 4610 Drugs and Behavior (4)

PSY 4620 Clinical Neuropsychology (4)

Fourth Year Senior Capstone

NEU 4250 Journal Club: Advanced Topics in Neuroscience (2)

A bachelors degree in Neuroscience at High Point University will prepare you for a variety of career opportunities. The careers available to a student with a BS in Neuroscience overlap significantly with careers available to students with either a biology or psychology degree. Many students may wish to further specialize their education by pursuing advanced degrees. Below are some examples of career opportunities for students graduating with a BS in Neuroscience, as well as careers which Neuroscience students are well prepared to pursue additional training.

Behavioral Neuroscience TrackNeurobiology TrackBoth Tracks
B.S.-Psychometrist*
-EEG Technologist*
-Public Policy
-Residential Counselor
-Clinical Research Assistant
-Special Education Assistant
-Patient Care Assistant*
-Law Enforcement
-Advertising / Marketing
-Laboratory Technician
-Medical Healthcare Manager
-Pharmacy Technician*
-Medical Technician*
-Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician*
-Sales Engineer
-Natural Sciences Manager
-Pharmaceutical Sales
-Science Writer
-Science Advocacy
-Nonprofit Work
-Health Educator
-Forensic Science Technician
-Regulatory Affairs Specialist
-Lab Animal Care Technician
Master's Degree-Occupational Therapist
-Neuroimaging Technician
-Speech-Language Pathologist
-Public Health
-Social Work
-Statistician / Consulting
-Orthotist / Prosthetist
-Neural Engineer
-Nurse Practitioner
-Physician’s Assistant
-Genetic Counselor
-Teacher
-Epidemiology
-Biostatistician
Doctorate-Physical Therapist
-Clinical Psychologist
-Neuropsychologist
-Audiologist
-Lawyer
-Dentist
-Optometrist
-Food Scientist
-Pharmacist
-Veterinarian
-Medicine
-Research Scientist
-Professor

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At High Point University, our emphasis on global perspectives is designed to provide students with opportunities to enhance their international awareness and to develop their cross-cultural communication skills. Study abroad is strongly encouraged as a part of this emphasis on global studies. With a variety of extraordinary options at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, students at High Point University are encouraged to study abroad as early as the summer after their freshman year. Employers are looking for more than just a degree; they want well-rounded individuals who have familiarity with diverse cultures, special skills, and knowledge of the world around them.
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