Neuroscience—Chemistry Concentration

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

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Neuroscience—Chemistry Concentration

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Degree Overview

Pursue a discipline that connects to an incredible number of careers and applications. Learn the mechanics of the human nervous system. Explore the chemistry behind how people think, feel, and act.

You’ll use chemistry, biology, and psychology to answer pressing questions about human behavior. Along the way, you’ll gain a greater understanding of God’s creation by studying what makes us human. Your knowledge of human behavior will give you a powerful voice in fields as diverse as economics, law, healthcare, and education.

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Program Distinctives

  An interconnected discipline - Neuroscience at Calvin is interdisciplinary on purpose. Focus on chemistry, but also increase your expertise in biology and psychology.


  A deeper purpose - As Christians who think deeply, we carefully consider how to integrate neuroscience with what we know is true as Christians. Everything you will uncover reveals something important about what it means to be a living image of God.


  A gateway to your career - Calvin neuroscience majors go on prestigious graduate schools and find success in fields like biotechnology, laboratory research, and pharmaceuticals. Professors who know both you and their field well will make sure you get the research experience, career guidance, and letters of recommendation you need for med or grad school.


Program Requirements & Opportunities

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  • Admission

    To pursue a chemistry or biochemistry major with a neuroscience concentration, you’ll need to earn a minimum grade of a "C" (2.0) in two early chemistry courses you'll take at Calvin: Chemistry 104 (General Chemistry) and one of these courses: Chemistry 201, 253, or 261. These foundational courses will help you confirm your interest in the chemistry concentration, and make sure that chemistry is the right path to your career goals.

    Your neuroscience faculty advisor will help you understand this requirement and help you plan an academic path to your major.

  • Biochemistry Option

    A neuroscience concetration is also available with a biochemistry major. The information on this page describes the chemistry major variant, but if you're interested in the biochemistry variant, please reach out to the chemistry and biochemistry department for details.

Interested in pre-med?

Calvin neuroscience graduates excel in medical careers. Students receive top-tier awards like the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and score well above average on the MCAT. Learn why a neuroscience degree is a perfect fit for Calvin’s pre-med program. Learn more »

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