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2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Neuroscience, BS Major in

This BS degree requires a minimum of 45 s.h. in a combination of biology and psychology course work.

Students will be assigned an adviser when accepted in the major. Students must plan their schedules in consultation with their program adviser. Grades lower than a C- in any of the required science courses do not count toward the total number of semester hours earned for this degree. No more than two classes taken for this major may count toward satisfying any other major or minor.

Candidates for graduation must successfully complete the following requirements:

1) Total Semester Hours - 124 minimum

A minimum of 124 s.h. with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in work completed at Hofstra. Military Science 001C , 001E , 002C , 002E  and associated leadership laboratories may not be counted toward this total semester-hour requirement.

2) Liberal Arts Courses - Semester Hours: 60 minimum

A minimum of 60 s.h. must be completed in liberal arts courses outside the Biology  and Psychology  Departments.

3) Residency Requirement

There are two requirements that must ordinarily be completed in-residence at Hofstra: 20 semester hours in biology and/or psychology and the last 30 semester hours of the degree. The 20 semester hours in biology and psychology need not be included within the last 30 hours.

4) The following general requirements:

WSC 001 and 002 or placement examination

WSC 001  and 002  or placement examination (see “University Degree Requirements ”).

Distribution Course Requirement

(See the listing of Distribution Courses  for more information.):

  • Six (6) semester hours in humanities chosen from at least 2 of the following:
    • Literature (LT), Appreciation and Analysis (AA), and Creative Participation (CP).
  • Six (6) semester hours in social science: 3 hours in Behavioral Social Sciences (BH), and 3 hours in History and Philosophy (HP).
  • Six (6) semester hours in natural sciences and mathematics: 3 hours in Natural Sciences (NS), and 3 hours in Mathematics (MA).

5) GPA Requirement

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and a grade point average of 3.0 or better in all courses required in the major to remain in the program. If a student does not maintain the proper cumulative grade point average, he/she will be allowed one additional semester in the program to raise his/her GPA. If at the end of that semester, his/her grade point average does not meet the requirement, the student will be dropped from the program. Students should be aware that a change in program will change course requirements for graduation.

6) The following major and additional requirements:

Students should be aware that many of the courses have prerequisites. Click on course titles below to check prerequisites required for the course and to ensure proper completion of academic background courses.​​

a) Neuroscience courses

b) Biology courses

c) Psychology courses

d) At least one of the following:

e) At least one of the following sets of research-related courses:

f) Additional credits (for a total of 45 credits of biology and psychology) in biology or psychology electives chosen from the following:

g) The following are also required:


Some courses in other fields of study, such as anthropology, cognitive science, computer science, philosophy, speech and communication, complement the offerings in the neuroscience program. Students should consult with the neuroscience advisor about courses in other areas that may be of interest.

Complete BS Requirements

BS Requirements  in Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences