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The Neuroscience program has three honors programs available to our majors.

Neuroscience Scholars (Catalog Option 1)

Neuroscience majors and entry-level majors can apply to enter this degree program after completing Neural  Neural Systems II (and its prerequisites). Applications are accepted at the end of each Fall and Spring semester. The advising office will notify eligible students via email. Details on the application process are available here.


Neuroscience Honors (Catalog Option 2)

This degree program is available only to members of the Dean's Scholars honors program. Information on the Dean’s Scholars is available here.


Departmental Honors

Students in the B.S. Neuroscience programs (Options 1-3) may seek special departmental honors. The statement “Special Honors in Neuroscience” will appear on the transcript of each graduate certified as having received departmental honors. Interested students should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program no later than the beginning of their senior year.

The requirements for graduation with special departmental honors are (1) two semesters of neuroscience research coursework, including Neuroscience 379H, Honors Tutorial Course; (2) a thesis based on original research and approved by the supervising faculty member and the honors adviser (Dr. John Mihic); (3) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in neuroscience of at least 3.50; and (4) completion at the University of at least 60 semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

The honors thesis should be submitted to the research mentor and the departmental honors advisor by the first day of final exams in the semester when 379H is taken. The thesis is a research paper or scholarly review paper suitable for submission to a scientific journal. The paper need not be submitted for publication, but the style and content should be of submission-level quality. The minimum length of the body of the paper is 12 pages double-spaced.