Undergraduate students in the School of Arts and Sciences may pursue a five-year BS/MS in neuroscience, which involves a year of intense research and seminars on top of the major.
The principal aim of the BS/MS program is to allow students with a serious interest and commitment to pursuing research in a future MD, MD/PhD, or PhD program to spend a year conducting laboratory research full-time. Students are expected to concentrate fully on their research, attend seminars and journal clubs, and write extensively about their research and related topics.
The BS/MS program is structured to provide students with a genuine, intensive research experience in an area of systems neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, or cellular and molecular neuroscience.
The typical candidate is a senior who has completed all required courses for the major and has a major GPA of at least 3.5. The application process begins each fall semester (September–October), when the program administrator sends an email with specific due dates and requirements to students. Accepted students begin their research year in the spring semester of their senior year. The program covers 50 percent of the tuition cost for a student’s fifth year of study.