Neuroscience is a new major at the University of Maryland. However, neuroscience as a discipline has been taught at the University for several decades. The Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences (NACS) Ph.D. program was established in 1996 followed by an undergraduate Neuroscience minor in 2006.

In response to continued undergraduate interest and campus investment in neuroscience-related education and research, the University moved with forward with plans to create an undergraduate major. In 2018, Neuroscientist and BSOS Dean Gregory Ball assembled and chaired the committee that created the academic curriculum for the Neuroscience major. The committee consisted primarily of neuroscience faculty at the University of Maryland, along with knowledgeable academic administrators. This committee considered the course structure and content of a number of other neuroscience undergraduate programs around the country.

The first course for the Neuroscience major, Introduction to Neuroscience, was offered as a pilot through the Psychology department in Fall 2019.  During the same semester, the University also began accepting applications from prospective students for Fall 2020 admission into the Neuroscience major, a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP). In Spring 2020, the first Neuroscience-coded courses were offered—NEUR200: Introduction to Neuroscience and NEUR305: Neural Systems and Circuits.

In Fall 2020, the major will celebrated its first semester with officially declared Neuroscience undergraduates. The inaugural class is comprised of approximately 100 students, including first-semester freshmen and transfer students as well as UMD students who added the Neuroscience major to their studies. Other highlights for Fall 2020 included a new course, NEUR306: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, as well as two Neuroscience-specific sections of UNIV100: The Student in the University.

Students walking with Biology-Psychology Building in the distant background.
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