There is a growing need to train students in neuroscience at the undergraduate level. Such training prepares students to start professional careers at the bachelor’s level in the rapidly growing commercial biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. Currently, UIC is one of very few colleges or universities in Illinois that offers a major in neuroscience. Nearly 50% of our Neuroscience students graduate with honors, one of the highest percentages for College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) degree majors.
The field of neuroscience combines biology and psychology for unique insight into the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system and how it impacts human emotions and cognitive brain functions. In addition to basic course requirements and electives in LAS, our students are afforded the rare opportunity to complete independent research in Biological Sciences, Psychology, Chemistry or Philosophy. Once basic course requirements are fulfilled, the program provides each student with an opportunity to concentrate on electives and independent research in one of four areas: Biological Sciences, Psychology, Chemistry or Philosophy. Thus, all of our graduates receive a major in neuroscience with its own distinct flavor!
See how other students found their fit below with this major!
Below is a sample of how UIC alumni have applied their Neuroscience major to a professional path!
- Advocate, Family Shelter Service
- Associate Scientist, Abbott Laboratories
- Certified Pharmacy Technician, Walgreens Pharmacy
- Clinical Enterprise Program Manager, Seton Healthcare Family
- Logistics and Customer Service Representative, Proteintech Group Inc.
- Managing Director, FTI Consulting
- Medical Scribe, Scribe America
- Rehabilitation Aide, Athletico
- Research Assistant, Rush University
- Research Specialist, University of Chicago Medicine
- SAGA Fellow, SAGA Innovations
Unique Skills and Competencies
In addition to the foundation set of skills and competencies you will gain in any liberal arts and science major, there are also unique skills and perspectives you gain from your Neuroscience major. Review the list below to learn more:
- Understand the basics of the anatomy and function of the nervous system
- Understand how the anatomy and physiology of nerve cell and nervous system function generate behavior
- Locate, understand, and evaluate neuroscience information from primary sources
- Apply the scientific method to address questions in neuroscience
- Communicate neuroscience information both orally and in writing
- Apply quantitative methods (e.g., statistics & mathematical modeling) to neuroscience data
- Appreciate the limitations of current neuroscience knowledge and technical approaches with an eye towards the development of questions for future study
There are many work place settings, industries, and career areas you can apply your major based on your professional interests. Below is a sample list of industry clusters that other Neuroscience majors have transitioned into professionally. What type of setting or career focus appeals to you?
- Arts, Media, and Communications
- Business and Entrepreneurship
- Criminology and Law Enforcement
- Cultural and Museum Studies
- Engineering and Technology
- Government, International Affairs, and Public Service
- Healthcare and Wellness
- Law and Legal Services
- Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations
- Science and Research
- Social Services
Meet Bianca Rocha Trigo!
“In a nutshell, neuroscience provides a bridge to understanding the biological aspects of human behavior and health. Everything we learn gives us the chance to lift others out of suffering.”
Meet Jailene Siveri!
“My initial interest of the brain developed when I was a junior/senior in high school. After taking an anatomy course in high school, in which we dissected various organisms, I fell in love the anatomy and function of the brain. When I discovered that UIC offered a major representing biological sciences, psychology, and philosophy all in one curriculum, I jumped on board.”