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New Neuroscience Degree to Be Offered

Degree will allow students to pursue fast-growing STEM field with expanded opportunities and recognition.

  Monday, September 17, 2018

The State Council of Higher Education in Virginia has approved CNU's proposal to offer a bachelor of science degree in neuroscience. Students can enroll in the new degree program starting in January 2019, with the first conferral of the degree in fall of 2019. The change will enable students to earn a more specific BS in neuroscience than in the current degree track, in which students earn a bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies with a major in neuroscience.

The transition will also allow CNU students to earn additional funding opportunities not attainable through an interdisciplinary degree. “When looking at the total number of STEM degrees awarded by CNU over the past few years, we realized our neuroscience students were not counting,” says Dr. Andrew Velkey, who directs the neuroscience program. “We know there are various scholarships and grants available that require a STEM degree as a prerequisite, so providing a neuroscience degree will pay off in the long run for those who aspire to attend graduate school and beyond.”

In the new program, students will be required to take additional courses, including Brain and Cognition, Neurobiology and Memory, Neuroanatomy, and a Senior Seminar in Neuroscience.


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