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Neuroscience & Cognitive Science: Computation Emphasis

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Neuroscience & Cognitive Science: Computation Emphasis

Bachelor of Science

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Neuroscience (the scientific study of the nervous system) and Cognitive Science (the study of how information is represented and transformed in the human brain) are moving ever closer together due to recent technological advances. The University of Arizona is unique in offering an undergraduate program that combines the two. Students in the NSCS program will study at the dynamic interface of Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. The program includes core courses that explore the fundamentals and a series of elective tracks that allow students to pursue their own interests in this highly interdisciplinary field. Laboratory research is especially encouraged.

Major Details

College: College of Science
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: Yes

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
Second Language 4
MATH 122 A Functions for Calculus 1
MATH 122B First-Semester Calculus 4
CHEM 151 General Chemistry 4
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
Second Language 4
Foundation Focus 1 4
PSY 101 Intro Psychology 3
3rd Semester
MCB 181 R Intro Biology 3
MCB 181L Intro Lab I 1
PHIL 241 Consciousness & Cognition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Foundation Focus 2 4
4th Semester
NSCS 200 Fundamentals of Neurosci & Cog Sci 3
Statistics 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
General Elective 3
5th Semester
NSCS 307 Cellular Neurophysiology 3
NSCS 308 Methods in Neuroscience 1
PHYS 102 Intro Physics I 3
PHYS 181 Intro Lab I 1
NSCS 311 Scientific Programming w/MATLAB 3
Tier II General Education 3
6th Semester
Major Focus 1 3
Foundation Focus 3 4
Emphasis Elective 1 3
Emphasis Elective 2 3
Tier I General Education 3
7th Semester
NSCS 320 Issues & Themes in Cognitive Science 3
NSCS 321 Methods in Cognitive Science 1
Emphasis Elective 3 3
Emphasis Elective 4 3
Tier II General Education 3
General Elective (UD) 3
8th Semester
Major Focus 2 3
Emphasis Elective 5 3
Tier II General Education 3
General Elective (UD) 3
General Elective (UD) 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

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  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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