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.”