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Neuroscience

Program Overview


Neuroscience is the field of study examining brain development and function, and its connection to regulating and influencing a wide range of behavior. The study of neuroscience examines topics such as neuroanatomy, neuropsychopharmacology, neurophysiology, molecular neurobiology, and neuroendocrinology. Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field that requires experience and training in biology, genetics, physiology, calculus, molecular biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and research design and analysis.

The Neuroscience program at BYU encompasses a broad spectrum of faculty with unique skills and research interests. The program offers opportunities for students to participate in research, seminars, conferences, and more in order to involve students in the neuroscience community. Because the Neuroscience program is rigorous, stimulating, and research-oriented, it provides excellent preparation for students seeking admission into graduate school, medical school, or other professional programs. Students with a degree in neuroscience will also be prepared to enter a wide variety of career fields due to the interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience.

Program Summary


Program Credits: 66.0 - 69.0

Status: Open Enrollment

Introductory Course: Cell 120

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To learn more, schedule an appointment with Life Sciences Advisement at 801-422-3042.

Occupations and Employers

Possible Occupations

With a Bachelors

  • Registered Behavior Technician
  • Research Chemist
  • Neurophysiologist
  • Cytogenetics Technologist
  • Serologist

Meet Your Academic Advisor: Carol Stepan

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Carol Stepan
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Carol grew up in a large family in rural Ohio, where her chores included milking goats and taking care of chickens. She became the first member of her family to obtain a college degree, and as a first generation college graduate, she can be a great resource to other first-gen students. In her words, “I enjoy helping students explore their possibilities and discover that I’m their advocate.”

She enjoys spending time with her five children and two grandchildren. Besides her children, she says one of her other greatest achievements in life is getting her master’s degree.

Before working at Life Sciences Advisement, Carol had experience working as a high school counselor, a BYU admissions counselor, and an academic advisor in the BYU Salt Lake Center.

Carol provides advisement for Biology (A-G), Exercise & Wellness (A-G), Exercise Science (A-G), Public Health: Health Science, as well as PDBio (A-G).

To schedule an appointment to meet with Carol, contact the Life Sciences Advisement office at 801.422.3042 or by visiting 2060 LSB.

Office Hours: M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed for devotionals and holidays.

Meet Your Academic Advisor: Daniel Dearden

Daniel grew up in Northern California and came to Utah to attend school at BYU. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Human Development and his master’s degree in Social Work both at BYU.


Daniel’s main goal is to provide students with a non-judgmental space to explore and make life decisions, and to empower them to pursue their dreams.

Daniel has been married for 6 years and has 2 young boys. He loves spending time with his family and making his sons laugh. Daniel also loves the outdoors and often goes hiking, camping, and birdwatching.

Daniel advises for Neuroscience (H-Z).

To schedule an appointment to meet with Daniel, contact the Life Sciences Advisement office at 801.422.3042 or by visiting 2060 LSB.

Office Hours: M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed for devotionals and holidays.