University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Neuroscience B.S. - Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

The University of Montana Neuroscience Program also offers a combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Neuroscience with an emphasis on Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience. This five-year (“4 + 1”) accelerated program is specifically designed for students who have demonstrated academic excellence and are deeply interested in pursuing intensive research training in preparation for graduate/professional schools or those who wish to enter the biomedical/biotech sector with advanced standing. The first 3 years of study are aligned with the existing Cellular & Molecular track of the B.S. in Neuroscience. Some students in the Cognitive & Behavioral track may also be eligible, depending upon their course selections. In the 4th year, students will take graduate neuroscience courses and complete their B.S. degree. This will allow students to enter the Neuroscience Graduate Program with advanced standing and, pending completion and defense of an M.S. thesis project, earn an M.S. in 5 years. See the Neuroscience website for details on the curriculum and regulations in the Neuroscience B.S./M.S. Program.

Bachelor of Science - Neuroscience; Cellular and Molecular Concentration

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Neuroscience Core Courses25
Other Required Courses35-36
Additional Major Courses15
Intersection Courses1-9
Total Hours76-85

Degree Specific Credits: 76-85

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Neuroscience Core Courses

NoteBIOH 458 satisfies the Upper Division Writing Requirement for the Major.

Complete all of the following courses:
BIOB 260Cellular and Molecular Biology4
BIOB 272Genetics and Evolution4
NEUR 280Fundamental Neuroscience3
NEUR 281Fundamentals of Neuroscience II: Cognition3
NEUR 380Molecular Neuroscience3
NEUR 458Neuroscience Research Techniques Lab4
Complete one of the following courses:4
Principles of Living Systems
and Principles of Living Systems Lab
Introductory Biology for Biochemists
and Introductory Biology for Biochemists Lab
Total Hours25

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Other Required Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Lab
CHMY 221Organic Chemistry I3
CHMY 222Organic Chemistry I Lab2
CHMY 223Organic Chemistry II3
M 162Applied Calculus4
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
Complete one of the following courses:
STAT 216Introduction to Statistics3-4
or PSYX 222 Psychological Statistics
Total Hours35-36

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Additional Major Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
BCH 480Advanced Biochemistry I3
BCH 482Advanced Biochemistry II3
BIOB 425Advanced Cellular & Molecular Biology3
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Complete 3 credits of the following courses:3
Developmental Biology
Human Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professions I
Comparative Animal Physiology
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Complete one of the following courses:3
General Genetics
Motor Learning and Control
CNS Diseases
Special Topics
Human Neuropsychology
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Intersection Courses

Complete one of the following courses:1-9
Behavior & Evolution
New Visions Dance
Special Topics (Behavioral/Experimental Economics)
Health and Mind/Body/Spirit
Fundamentals of Psychology of Aging
Total Hours1-9

Minimum Required Grade: C-