Neuroscience Program Overview

Both bachelor’s in neuroscience programs are customizable, allowing you to tailor your major to fit your individual career goals. The BA is a favorable degree option for transfer students, students who intend to double major, and students who do not intend to work in a healthcare career. The BS is ideal for students committed to working in benchwork/fieldwork or furthering their education to pursue a career in the medical field. 

Whatever degree path you choose, both offer a variety of coursework in human memory, molecular neurobiology, and genetics, along with many others. Additionally, you will learn alongside distinguished faculty members in discipline-specific teaching laboratories on campus (e.g., anatomy, chemistry, general biology, and research). Internship opportunities are also available for students to gain professional development and real-world experience working in the neuroscience field. 

As a graduate of Manhattanville’s neuroscience program, you will leave with a comprehensive understanding of the biochemical, physiological, and psychological choices that determine brain behavior and functioning.

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Depending on your desired academic and professional goals, you can choose to pursue a BA or a BS in Neuroscience. Both degrees have a minimum of 120 credits and blend traditional coursework with time in the lab. Entry-level courses and elective credit requirements differ based on your chosen degree type, your choice of minors, and research opportunities. Review Manhattanville’s general education curriculum requirements.

BA in Neuroscience Degree Requirements
The Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience degree path is ideal for students interested in pursuing a double major. In addition to the 90 liberal arts credits required, students must take a series of entry-level requirements and labs. 

Other degree requirements include:

  • Three core courses
  • Statistics course
  • Minimum of two electives
  • Capstone course

Additionally, neuroscience majors complete a research methods class in the fall semester of their third or fourth year. 

Check out the complete Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience requirements.

BS in Neuroscience Degree Requirements
The Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience degree path is preferable for students who plan to attend graduate school and work in the medical field. Compared to the BA, the BS has more extensive entry-level requirements and co-requisites, including Physics I and Physics II, Organic Chemistry, and their respective labs.

Other degree requirements include:

  • Four core courses
  • Statistics course
  • Minimum of three electives
  • Capstone course

All students must also complete a research methods class in the fall semester of their third or fourth year.

Review the complete requirements for our Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience.

Neuroscience Courses
The entry-level requirements and core courses in the neuroscience degree program include:

  • Principles of Biology I and II
  • Principles of Chemistry I and II
  • Organic Chemistry I and II
  • Principles of Physics I and II
  • Fundamentals of Psychology
  • Intro to Neuroscience
  • Molecular Neurobiology
  • Principles of Genetics
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology


As a neuroscience major, you’re able to choose from a variety of electives to customize your degree to your particular interests, including:

  • Developmental Biology
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology Techniques
  • Biochemistry
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Physiological Bases of Behavior
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Human Memory

Manhattanville’s neuroscience bachelor’s programs position you to pursue a career as advanced health professional such as a Medical Doctor (MD), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Doctor of Dental Medicine or Dental Surgery (DMD, DDS), or a scientist trained at the MS and PhD level.

To help you prepare for graduate school programs in neuroscience or other fields, faculty members will teach and mentor you throughout your training and support your post-graduation success.

After completing your neuroscience degree, you will be able to:

  • Write clear, concise research papers with well-constructed hypotheses, scientific methodology (introduction, methods, results, and conclusions); correct in-text citations, and analysis of primary and secondary sources; and evaluate and apply information in these sources to a specific research question or topic.
  • Understand quantitative reasoning as it applies to learning skills in the biological sciences, understand the scientific method, and implement this in your laboratory and class projects at the introductory level and in advanced biology electives.
  • Make oral presentations confidently and professionally to an audience of your peers, mentors, and colleagues.

In our accelerated dual degree program, you can add a graduate degree to your already-flexible bachelor’s degree in just one year, opening advanced career opportunities and saving on graduate tuition.

Learn more about the BA/BS Neuroscience + MS Biomedical Sciences

If you’re interested in studying the sciences but are unsure if a bachelor's in neuroscience is the right degree for you, explore a few of Manhattanville’s other bachelor’s programs:

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Manhattanville University is here to support you in your preparation to enter professional training in fields such as medicine, optometry, dentistry, physician assistant, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, pharmacy, and other health-related occupations. Neuroscience majors planning to enter healthcare programs after graduation can accelerate their readiness for graduate school through Manhattanville’s pre-health pathway.

The Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee (PHPAC) will guide you through your professional development by conducting practice admissions interviews, writing letters of recommendation, and providing general support and knowledge from a wealth of experience in the medical field. Your course selections will also be monitored to strengthen your academic groundwork in your chosen field. For more information, review the Pre-Health program details.

If you’ve earned a bachelor’s degree but want to continue your graduate studies or career preparation, look over Manhattanville’s Post Baccalaureate Pre-Health (PBPH) program information and requirements.


Minor Programs
Adding a minor to your bachelor’s degree in neuroscience strengthens your expertise, giving you a competitive edge in your graduate school application process or your search for a post-graduate career. Check out available minors to pair with your degree:

  • Minor in Biology
  • Minor in Environmental Studies
  • Minor in Nutrition
  • Minor in Psychology

Full-time Faculty

  • Anna Yeung-Cheung
  • Wendy J. McFarlane
  • Christopher J. Pappas
  • Nancy Todd
  • Aaron Bush
  • Darlene Gandolfi
  • Mia Heissan
  • Julie Higgins
  • George Schreer
  • Leah Manning
  • Mengfei Cai

Adjunct Faculty

  • Behrouz Maragheci
  • Volodia Georgiev

Lab Manager

Please contact any of the above faculty or the Division Chair for more information or Division Chair:
Christopher J. Pappas

Don’t let the cost of college keep you from pursuing your bachelor’s in neuroscience. Manhattanville is here to help! We provide a variety of financial aid offerings to help cover the cost of your education. Review available financial aid and scholarships.

Learn more about how you can join our tight-knit community. Review first-year student admissions requirements or the transfer student admissions process.

Earn a BA or BS in Neuroscience at Manhattanville University
Our neuroscience major degree programs equip students with the foundational knowledge and hands-on experience they need to succeed in their desired career field. To learn more about our faculty or research and internship opportunities, request more information.

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