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Degree Requirements for Multidisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Neuroscience 

BS Degree

The BS Multidisciplinary Studies degree differs from the BA degree in that it requires more structured neuroscience elective courses to be taken. Students will need to complete 21 semester hours of neuroscience electives instead of 9 for the BA degree.

BA Degree
The BA Multidisciplinary Studies degree, compared to the BS degree, requires fewer structured neuroscience elective courses, but adds the University requirement of four levels of foreign language.

Double Major (of particular interest to Psychology majors)
For students also working toward a BA degree in psychology, the following psychology courses overlap with those required  / offered in neuroscience (see neuroscience major checksheet):

  • Core Courses
    • PSYC 1000 / 1060 - Introductory Psychology or Honors Introduction to Psychology
    • PSYC 2101 - Psychological Statistics
    • PSYC 2210 - Research Methods in Psychology
    • PSYC 3310 - Introduction to Neuroscience
    • PSYC 4250 - Advanced Topics Seminar (only the "Neurobiology of Learning and Memory" section); this also serves as a capstone for both majors.
  • Neuroscience Electives
    • PSYC 3225 - Psychology of Learning
    • PSYC 3226 - Cognitive Psychology
    • PSYC 3311 - Neuropsychology
    • PSYC 3312 - Sensation and Perception
    • PSYC 4340 - Behavioral Pharmacology Seminar


As stated in the Undergraduate Catalog (under Double Major Requirements), four levels of foreign language is not required when students have a BS/BA double major and the BS degree is their primary major. With careful planning, students should take non-overlapping psychology courses in addition to those above, that will enable them to also fulfill the psychology major.

Dual or Second Degree Requirements (per Undergraduate Catalog)
A student may choose to earn simultaneously two degrees (e.g., BA and BS or BS and BFA, etc.). To satisfy the requirements for dual baccalaureate degrees at East Carolina University, the student must complete the requirements for one baccalaureate degree program and also complete a minimum of an additional 30 semester hours through course enrollment at ECU for the other degree. The student will be advised by both departments and a separate senior summary completed by each.

Foundations curriculum requirements for one degree may be used to satisfy the foundations curriculum requirements for the other degree, however, the required foundations curriculum courses for the second degree must be met. All other degree requirements, including a foreign language, must be met and may not be waived. All dual degree students will be required to complete at least three semester hours of writing intensive course work in each major. Students who wish to satisfy the requirements for a BS degree in teacher education may use the same major for both degrees provided the university offers a teacher certification program in that major.

A student who currently holds a baccalaureate degree may enroll in a second baccalaureate degree program. The student must meet the curriculum requirements for the second undergraduate degree in the catalog under which he or she enters or in some subsequent catalog, and must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours in enrollment at ECU. No student will be permitted to complete the second degree under a catalog issued more than three years prior to the date of completion of the second degree.

In evaluating curriculum requirements for the second undergraduate degree, the academic unit offering the second degree will determine whether foundations curriculum requirements from the first undergraduate degree satisfy foundations curriculum requirements for the second degree. However, any foreign language requirements for the second degree must be fully met and may not be waived. All second degree students will be required to complete at least three semester hours of writing intensive course work in the major.

A student pursuing a second undergraduate degree must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA. In determining the GPA, only attempted hours toward the second degree will be counted. Grade points earned in the first degree will not apply in determination of academic eligibility while a student is enrolled for a second degree. However, the GPAs from the first and second undergraduate degrees will be used in the consideration of a degree with distinction.


Senior Summary (now carried out via DegreeWorks)
A senior summary is simply a review of the student's courses taken in pursuit of an academic degree, using DegreeWorks. Once a student has earned roughly 90 SH credit or is generally within two (2) semesters of graduating, he/she needs to contact Dr. Tran to set up a time to review his/her DegreeWorks. If any course substitutions or course adjustments need to be made, then the student will be notified and a course of action will be carried out. The student should formally apply for graduation so that the DegreeWorks can be processed by the Registrar's office in a timely manner.