Neuroscience: Cellular and Molecular Major

Study the cellular and molecular aspects of the structure and function of the nervous system with the Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience: Cellular and Molecular in the College of Science and Technology at Temple University. Through this 123-credit-hour interdisciplinary undergraduate degree, you’ll investigate cell structure, circuits, development, electrical properties, signaling and tissue organization to better understand how the nervous system integrates multicellular organisms. You can pursue careers and graduate degrees in biochemistry, biophysics, biomedical sciences, biotechnology, dentistry, medicine and pharmacy, or pursue research positions at government agencies and university laboratories.

Deepen your curiosity for the complex composition of the major cellular components of the system and understand how they function to communicate with each other and respond to the outside world. Neuroscience majors will explore neuroscience and related topics with required elective courses in the major, which range from Systems Neuroscience and Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience to  Research Techniques in Molecular Biology and Neural Basis of Behavior. Students will study learning and memory, motor coordination, reflexes and sensory processing. The curriculum emphasizes neurological processing at the cellular and molecular levels, culminating in a research course during your final year in the program. At the completion of this program, students should have a rich understanding of the structural and functional levels of organization in the nervous system; the development of this system; and the current tools and paradigms of research in the field.  

The College’s state-of-the-art labs and research centers provide you with opportunities to work alongside faculty on cutting-edge research as early as your first year in the program. You'll continue to perform research through the final year, when you will present your results at a departmental symposium.

Temple faculty and student breaking down cell structures in a CST classroom.

Classes & Curriculum

You will broaden your knowledge with a combination of required and elective courses. These courses include

  • 18 required biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics courses;
  • 5 required neuroscience electives; and
  • 2 neuroscience research or independent study courses. 

Some of the required courses are

  • Cell Structure and Function,
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, and
  • Systems Neuroscience.

See a full list of requirements for the Neuroscience: Cellular and Molecular BS.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Science offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $22,224.00 per year
Out-of-state: $36,624.00 per year


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