Completing the Major
Once admitted to the major, students will begin taking their NSCS core and elective courses. Many of the NSCS courses are offered only once per year and some are pre-requisites for others, therefore it is strongly recommended that students plan their courses with the help of an NSCS advisor. If, for some reason, students are unable to take courses in the prescribed order (leave of absence, study abroad, late change of major, etc.) the student should consult with an NSCS advisor to create an customized plan. In addition to the core courses, students select an emphasis for their major elective courses. The list of emphasis elective courses is updated often so students should refer to the most current version posted on the NSCS website when planning their classes. Students choose from the list of courses in their emphasis and must complete a minimum of 15 units. Up to 6 units of upper-division research, internship, or thesis credit can count toward the total units required for any of the emphases. Of these 6 units, a maximum of 3 units can be preceptorship credit.
The NSCS curriculum is customizable with two different tracks in the foundation and core courses and 7 different emphases to complete the major electives. NSCS students choose one of two tracks in the NSCS foundation and core classes: either the Neuroscience track or the Cognitive Science track. All students who complete the graduation requirements for NSCS will receive the same degree- a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science- regardless of which track they elect to follow.
Minoring in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
The Neuroscience & Cognitive Science program does not currently offer a minor. Students who are interested in pursuing an NSCS minor should look into the University's option to do a thematic minor. Students work with their primary major advisor to gain approval to do a thematic minor. Students are not required to seek permission from the NSCS program to do such a minor, although we are always happy to meet with students who have questions about their options in doing such a minor.
Certificate in Developmental Disabilities
NSCS students may be interested in completing the UA's Certificate in Developmental Disabilities, established in 2015 and offered by the Sonoran University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). This Certificate Program is intended for future professionals in a wide range of settings where they will have clients or patients, or where they will conduct basic science research touching on issues in the lives of individuals with developmental and other disabilities. Students in the NSCS major may apply 6 of the units required in the certificate program toward the emphasis in Development and Aging. Three units can be used toward any other NSCS emphasis.