Neuroscience Degree Options

The educational component of the University of Montana’s Neuroscience program is designed to meet the needs and goals of our students and put them on exciting paths for successful careers and post-graduate education.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience are offered two tracks: Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience and Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience. The Behavioral & Cognitive option focuses on studying the biological basis of behavior and cognition. The focus of the Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience track is to examine the functional properties of neurons and glia at the molecular level. The faculty affiliated with both options engage in NIH- and NSF-funded research that address topics ranging from human language to brain cell signaling to disease models of Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s.

The Neuroscience major is also becoming increasingly popular for students planning on pursuing advanced degrees in the medical sciences (e.g., M.D., D.D.S., P.T., P.A, etc.). The biomedical interdisciplinarity of the curriculum and its close alignment the required / recommended coursework for medical school, makes it an attractive choice.

An accelerated 5-year dual B.S./M.S. degree has been recently launched at UM. The B.S./M.S. option is designed for students who are passionate about increasing their research training in preparation for graduate/professional schools, or who wish to enter the biomedical/biotech sector with advanced standing.

More detail on these programs, as well as sample schedules and links to the UM catalogue are provided below.