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USD to Offer a Bachelor of Science Degree in Neuroscience

Seal o the University of South Dakota USD now offers a B.S. in neuroscience with specializations available in cognitive neuroscience or molecular and cellular neuroscience.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will now offer a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience with specializations available in cognitive neuroscience or molecular and cellular neuroscience, following approval from the South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR).

USD expects that after full implementation of the degree options, 10 students a year will graduate with the new degree.

“We are excited to expand our neuroscience program,” said USD President Sheila K. Gestring. “Not only are we providing an incredible offering for our students, but as their future gets brighter with this type of opportunity, our community and state also benefit through the jobs to which this type of degree leads.”

Students majoring in neuroscience will also have the opportunity after graduation to pursue graduate studies in behavioral neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, biomedical science or clinical neuropsychology.

A new neuroscience minor was also proposed at the SDBOR meeting and will increase learning opportunities for students majoring in biology, medical biology, psychology, chemistry and health sciences.

“These new opportunities will prepare students for new careers in a variety of areas, such as medicine, physical therapy, law, science writing, communication or the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries,” said Doug Peterson, Chair of the Department of Psychology. “This multidisciplinary approach and the opportunity to specialize in two different tracks will really help students prepare for a future that demands a better understanding of brain science.”


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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