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Neuroscience BS/MS

(HEGIS: 04.25 NEUROSCIENCES, CIP: 26.1501 Neuroscience.)

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
955 Main Street
3rd Floor, Suite 3102
Buffalo, NY 14203

Fraser Sim, PhD
Associate Professor and Faculty Mentor

David Dietz, PhD
Professor and Chair

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Why study Neuroscience BS/MS at UB?

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field of study that allows individuals to decipher the nervous system which guides all behavior, and cognition. In this program, students will examine the function and dysfunction of the brain through the utilization of a molecules-to-behavior approach.

Students who complete a combined degree in neuroscience will be well-equipped to enter the job market in which neuroscience has become an increasingly driving force.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will develop literacy in the neurosciences with particular emphasis on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that make up the central nervous system as well as the physiology and pathophysiology of disease and treatment of disease states that will make them qualified candidates for a wide variety of biomedical career opportunities, including; professional school (i.e. medical school, dental school, law school), advanced research, pharmaceutical research and development, and other health professions.
  • Students will be able to reframe the current challenges of understanding how the brain functions in health and disease to develop insights into how the brain controls behavior.
  • Students in the program will be able to relate the basic connectivity and anatomy of the human brain and how such connectivity may impact disease states.
  • Students will be able to integrate the organization of the central nervous system and the physiology and pathophysiology of disease and treatment of disease states to create an inclusive background of modern medical neuroscience.
  • Students will be able to relate the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie both behavioral and cognitive dysfunction in the central nervous system to changes in central nervous system physiology in both adult and developing central nervous systems resulting in diverse and debilitating neurological disease.
  • Students will be able to critically evaluate a wide variety of research topics and communicate their findings through multiple modalities.
  • Students will acquire an understanding of numerous laboratory techniques utilized in modern life science research and critically evaluate data generated to synthesize new knowledge and discoveries and deliver to the scientific community.

The Learning Environment

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary subject incorporating courses from various departments across the university. Required courses are taught by faculty in participating departments with neuroscience expertise at any of UB’s three campus locations (North, South, and Downtown).

About Our Facilities

Students will complete coursework and/or interact with faculty from all three UB campuses (North, South, and Downtown):

  • The Department of Biological Sciences is housed and holds classes throughout the North Campus in Cooke and Hochstetter Halls, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls. 
  • The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology conducts classes on the South and Downtown Campuses. Students have the opportunity to learn in traditional classroom environments from a range of faculty with neuroscience expertise.
  • The Department of Psychology houses offices and research labs (located in Park Hall and Hochstetter Hall) allowing faculty and students to conduct a wide variety of experiments utilizing cognitive, affective, behavioral, neurological, and psychophysiological measurements
  • UB has research facilities within a block’s radius of the downtown building that houses the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, providing tremendous opportunity for collaborations and resource sharing, include the Research for Institute on Addictions, the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, and the Clinical and Translational Research Center.

About Our Faculty

Undergraduate Neuroscience is a collaborative effort between The College of Arts and Sciences and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Our participating faculty have extraordinarily broad and diverse areas of research interests, including neuropharmacology, behavioral pharmacology, drug use and abuse, synaptic plasticity, neuroendocrinology, and several others.

Graduate Neuroscience offers students an opportunity to work with faculty-scientists with expertise in neuroscience-related fields. These faculty are in 19 departments across the University at Buffalo which allows for an interdisciplinary approach, this results in a robust clinically focused curriculum.

Faculty List Directory

Neuroscience courses are part of an interdepartmental, interdisciplinary program that utilizes a variety of faculty from across the University.

Please visit departmental websites for additional information on contributing faculty:
Biological Sciences
Pharmacology and Toxicology

Career Outlook

Neuroscience is a growing field, the interdisciplinary nature of this field-of-study equates to an equally growing number of career opportunities. Students in this program will be well equipped to enter graduate and professional degree programs as well as pursue a variety of careers in research and healthcare.

Academic Advising

Students in their first two years will work with the Jacobs School Undergraduate Education office to create an academic plan, discuss course selection and workload management. Advisor assignments are determined by student last name. Students enrolled in NRS 301, upper-division coursework for the program will work with Shannon Brown.

The purpose of advisement is to provide students with guidance in course sequencing and selection. In-person advisement is required in your first year at the University to develop an appropriate academic plan to facilitate timely graduation.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Shannon Brown
Assistant Director, Jacobs School Undergraduate Education
Coordinator, Curriculum and Development for Neuroscience
Email Shannon Brown

Scholarships and Financial Support

Qualified students are eligible to apply for scholarships through the Jacobs School of Medicine. For more information on qualifications and how to apply for these opportunities please visit our webpage.
Charles R. Leone, MD and Judith Leone Reed Scholarship Fund
This fund supports undergraduates at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences who have significant economic needs.
Corder Family Scholarship Fund
This fund provides $2,500 ($1,250 per semester) to an undergraduate majoring in biochemistry, biomedical sciences, neuroscience or pharmacology and toxicology.
Mary Rosenblum Somit Scholarship
This fund provides $4,000 ($2,000 per semester) to an undergraduate majoring in biochemistry, biomedical sciences, neuroscience or pharmacology and toxicology.

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Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:50:36