Neural Science

Neural science is a collection of disciplines unified by a concern for the function of the brain. Experimental approaches in neural science vary from analyses of molecular and cellular mechanisms in nerve cells and groups of nerve cells to behavioral and psychological studies of whole organisms. Theoretical tools include mathematical and computational modeling approaches that have proved useful in other areas of science. Experimental questions include issues related to biophysical and neurochemical mechanisms within single nerve cells, functional neural circuits consisting of small numbers of neurons, the behavior of large systems of neurons, and the relationship between the activity of elements of the nervous system and the behavior of organisms. The Neural Science program at NYU Shanghai has strong interactive with the Center for Neural Science at NYU in New York as well as with other laboratories across the NYU Global Network.


1. General Education Core Requirements: 6 Courses

2. Major Requirements: 17 Courses

Not every course listed is taught every semester, and in any given semester other courses may be offered that fulfill this requirement

Foundations of Science Courses (All Six)

  • Foundations of Science I (1+2)
  • Foundations of Science II (3+4)
  • Foundations of Science III (5+6)

Additional Required Courses (All Six)

  • Calculus
  • Biostatistics
  • Introduction to Systems and Dynamics
  • Introduction to Neural Science
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience

Neural Science Electives (Choose five from Neural Science, Biology, Mathematics or Computer Science. NOTE: Most Neural Science electives will be from the rubric Special Topics in Neural Science)

  • Development and Dysfunction of the Nervous System
  • Special Topics in Neural Science

The Science and Mathematics courses included in the requirements of the Neural Science major also fulfill the requirements of the core curriculum.

3. General Electives (including language courses): 9 Courses

Students are strongly encouraged (but not required) to take Organic Chemistry I and II and Introduction to Programming as general electives.

Sample Schedule
YEAR 1 1 2 3 4
Fall Global Perspectives on Society I (including Writing Workshop) Calculus Foundations of Science 1 Foundations of Science 2
Spring Global Perspectives on Society II (including Writing Workshop) Introduction to Systems and Dynamics Foundations of Science 3 Foundations of Science 4
YEAR 2 1 2 3 4
Fall Global Perspectives on Culture I (including Writing Workshop) Intro to Neural Science Foundations of Science 5 Foundations of Science 6
Spring Global Perspectives on Culture II (including Writing Workshop) Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience Biostatistics General Elective
YEAR 3 1 2 3 4
Fall General Elective (could be Organic Chemistry I for pre-med students) Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience Social Science Perspectives on China General Elective
Spring General Elective (could be Organic Chemistry II for pre-med students) General Elective General Elective General Elective
YEAR 4 1 2 3 4
Fall Chinese Arts Neural Science Elective (Bio, Math, or NS) Neural Science Elective (Bio, Math, or NS) General Elective
Spring Neural Science Elective (Bio, Math, or NS) Neural Science Elective (Bio, Math, or NS) Neural Science Elective (Bio, Math, or NS) General Elective