Bachelor of Science


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.

Core Curriculum of the School of Arts & Sciences 37 hours

Neuroscience Major 52 hours

BIO210 General Biology I    3 hours

BIO210L General Biology I Lab    1 hour

BIO211 General Biology II    3 hours

BIO211L General Biology II Lab    1 hour

BIO311 Anatomy & Physiology I    3 hours

BIO311L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab    1 hour

BIO312 Anatomy & Physiology II    3 hours

BIO312L Anatomy & Physiology II Lab    1 hour

BIO333 Genetics    3 hours

BIO333L Genetics Lab    1 hour

CHM131 General Chemistry I    3 hours

CHM131L General Chemistry I Lab    1 hour

CHM132 General Chemistry II    3 hours

CHM132L General Chemistry II Lab    1 hour

CHM411 Biochemistry    3 hours

CHM441L Biochemistry Lab    1 hour

NAT291 Drugs & The Body    3 hours

NSC315 Neuroscience I: Neuroscience Foundations (RIZE)    3 hours NSC325

Neuroscience II: Biological Basis of Perception & Movement (RIZE)    3 hours

NSC335 Neuroscience III: Cognitive Neuroscience (RIZE)    3 hours

NSC415 Neuroscience IV: Clinical Neuropathology (RIZE)    3 hours

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology    3 hours

PSY362 Abnormal Psychology    3 hours

SCS300 Research Design    3 hours

Total    56 hours

Total BS hours 127-135

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.


Dr. Mark Sabo, Ph.D.
Dr. Mark Sabo, Ph.D.

Mark Sabo, Ph.D.

Professor of Forensic Science and Chemistry

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.S., University of South Florida
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University

Mark Sabo, Ph.D.

Dr. Sabo enjoys teaching at the college level and has over 20 years of experience in teaching traditional chemistry courses as well as non-traditional multidisciplinary courses such as Forensic Science, Caveman Chemistry, Consumer Applications of Chemistry, Marine Science, and Food Science.  He is very excited to be at Tiffin University and hopes his experience below will help students be empowered to value their education and become lifelong-learners, develop their maximum potential, and reach their career goals “ for productive and satisfying lives of excellence, leadership and service” (Tiffin University Mission).

Dr. Sabo joined Tiffin University in August of 2014. He holds a B.A. degree in Chemistry from the University of South Florida and a Ph. D. degree in Analytical Chemistry from Michigan State University.  For sixteen years before coming to Tiffin University, Dr. Sabo was at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC where he served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry, the Swink Professor for Outstanding Classroom Teaching, and Director of the Catawba Analytical Research Laboratory (CARL).  While at Catawba, Dr. Sabo spent many summers as a Visiting Scientist in the Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, VA.  He helped develop and improve instrumental techniques used by the FBI and teach courses for domestic and international crime lab personnel.  From 1994 – 1998, Dr. Sabo served Assistant to the Director of the Center for Chemistry Education and Visiting Associate Professor at Miami University where he was responsible for faculty enhancement, curriculum and materials development, student enrichment programs, networking, and program evaluation in the area of chemical technology. From 1990 – 1994 he worked at Quantum Chemical Corporation to develop new analytical methodologies to solve a variety of industrial problems. During his time at Quantum Chemical, he served as industrial mentor and instructor for Miami University’s Partners for Terrific Science industrial/academic program.

Mark Sabo, Ph.D.
Professor of Forensic Science and Chemistry
Mark Sabo, Ph.D.
Professor of Forensic Science and Chemistry
Dr. John Schupp
Dr. John Schupp

John Schupp, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.S., Cleveland State University
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Cleveland State University

John Schupp, Ph.D.

Dr. Schupp has twenty-five years experience in the synthetic crystal industry, from 1980 to 2005. In which time he received four patents in the area being granted in 2002.
Dr. Schupp started a student veteran program at Cleveland State in Fall 2006, and since 2009, he has spoken to over 600 campuses nationwide regarding veteran education.
Dr. Schupp helped write, pass and fund legislation for a FIPSE grant in 2010 which provided $6M in grants to over twenty campuses nationwide for veteran education.
Dr. Schupp is the winner of the Zachary Fisher Humanitarian of the Year award from the Department of Defense.

John Schupp, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
John Schupp, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry


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