University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Neuroscience B.S. - Cognitive 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 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; Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration

General Education Requirements

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


Neuroscience Core Courses25
Other Required Courses26-33
Additional Major Courses19-20
Intersection Courses1-9
Total Hours71-87

Degree Specific Credits: 71-87

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Neuroscience Core Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
Principles of Living Systems
and Principles of Living Systems Lab
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
Total Hours25

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Other Required Courses

Mathematics and Physics

Complete all of the following courses:
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 Hours17-18

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Complete one of the following Chemistry sequences:9-15
Introduction to General Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Lab
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Lab
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab

Minimum Required Grade: C- 

Additional Major Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
BCH 380Biochemistry4
PSYX 270Fundamentals of Psychology of Learning3
PSYX 280Fundamentals of Memory and Cognition3
PSYX 356Human Neuropsychology3
Total Hours13

Minimum Required Grade: C- 

Complete two of the following courses:6-7
Developmental Biology
Human Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professions I
Motor Learning and Control
CNS Diseases
Systems Neuroscience of Behavior and Cognition
Special Topics (Neuroanatomy)
Comparative Psychology
Total Hours6-7

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Intersection Courses

Complete one of the following courses1-9
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-