Bachelor of Science

Neuroscience

The brain is one of the most complex and intricate subject matters on earth. To understand the mind, we must first understand the brain. TU’s neuroscience program provides students a solid foundation to appreciate the mind on basic neuroanatomy and nervous systems at a molecular, cellular and systems level. The program can be a starting point for medical school or a starting point of a broad range of career options.

 

Neuroscientists examine the human brain and nervous system. Building from biology, biochemistry and psychology, neuroscience helps us understand how the brain works, how it can malfunction, and how brain and nervous system functions can change. Tiffin University’s Neuroscience curriculum was built in conjunction and with support of four key members of the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative.  The program places a strong emphasis on biology, biochemistry,  and psychology coursework in addition to focused neuroscience courses. Students will gain a solid understanding of basic neuroanatomy and nervous system function on a molecular, cellular and systems level, and be able to describe the major areas of neuroscience with a clear understanding of the main research approaches. Students will study the scientific process of hypothesis generation and testing as it relates to the field of neuroscience, and be able to evaluate empirical research findings in terms of their theoretical basis, designs and methodologies.

Tiffin University’s undergraduate neuroscience provides students with a broad range of career options upon graduation. Students will be qualified to work as a research assistant, laboratory technician, pharmaceutical sciences communicator and biostatistician, all jobs that offer a salary well above the national median and are experiencing job growth anywhere between 160% and 210% of the national average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
 
The program is also an ideal course of study for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in neuroscience itself, as well as those who wish to enter medical school - especially with an eye towards neurology, neurosurgeon and psychiatric care. TU’s neuroscience program covers some - but not all - premedical requirements. Students who wish to go to medical school must also take one year of physics, one year of organic chemistry, calculus, and select biochemistry as one of their electives, for a total of 20 additional credit hours. Students should verify admissions requirements in medical programs, prior to applying to those programs, in order to ensure they are meeting the curriculum requirements of that specific medical school.

The neuroscience major will consist of the following courses from Tiffin University:

  • BIO 210 General Biology I 
  • BIO 210L General Biology I LabCHM 131 General Chemistry I 
  • CHM 131L General Chemistry I Lab 
  • BIO 211 General Biology II
  • BIO 211L General Biology II Lab 
  • CHM 132 General Chemistry II 
  • CHM 132 General Chemistry II Lab 
  • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 
  • PSY 362 Abnormal Psychology
  • SCS 300 Research Design 
  • BIO 333 Genetics 
  • BIO 333L Genetics Lab 
  • NAT 291 Drugs & the Body 
  • BIO 311 Anatomy & Physiology I 
  • BIO 311L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 
  • BIO 312 Anatomy & Physiology II 
  • BIO 312L Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 
  • CHM 411 Biochemistry 
  • CHM 411L Biochemistry Lab 

The neuroscience major will consist of the following courses from the RIZE Consortium:

  • NSC 315 Neuroscience I: Neuroscience Foundations 
  • NSC 325 Neuroscience II: Biological Basis of Perception and Movement 
  • NSC 335 Neuroscience III: Cognitive Neuroscience 
  • NSC 415 Neuroscience IV: Clinical Neuropathology  

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August

There are no related concentrations available.

Neuroscience I: Neuroscience Foundations (NSC 315) - Perception and movement are fundamentally driven by biological processes. This course provides students with an understanding of the various systems and organs that play a role in the human ability to perceive the world and move through it. It builds upon Neuroscience Fundamentals to allow students to understand the impact of core neuroscience concepts. Offered online with RIZE Consortium.

Neuroscience II: Biological Basis of Perception and Movement (NSC 325) - This course introduces students to the field of neuroscience, explores the cellular and molecular basis ofneural systems, and discusses the neural basis of cognition. Students are expected to leverage their understanding of biology and chemistry to build a working knowledge of neuroscience fundamentals. Offered online with RIZE Consortium.

General Biology (BIO 210) - This is the first half of a two-course sequence in intensive biology designed for students majoring in sciences. This course will introduce the principles and concepts of biology. Topics that will be covered in this course will include foundations in biology: chemical context of life; carbon and molecular diversity of life; energy transformations; the cell structure, signaling and metabolism; cell cycle; genetics of inheritance, gene expression, development and evolution; patterns of evolution and the origin of species. There is a lab component to this course.


Genetics (BIO 333) - This course is an introduction to the concepts of genetics. The course will cover the basic fundamentals of genetics and their applications. It will cover the current principles of heredity including gene structure, function, regulation and gene transfer. Other areas will include DNA technology, genomics, heritable diseases and population genetics, quantitative genetics, and evolutionary genetics. There is a required lab component to this course.

  • Biostatistician
  • Laboratory technician
  • Pharmaceutical sciences communicator
  • Research assistant 

This is a new program! Successful placements to come in the next few years …

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