Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Physiology (NCBP)

Combined Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Neuroscience and Master of Science in Physiology and Neuroscience

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Why Choose the Combined B.S./M.S. Program?

The Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Physiology also offers a combined 4+1 program leading to Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees over a five-year plan of study. The program allows 9 credit hours of overlapping courses, where credit is given at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, facilitating completion of both degrees in five years.

The program's coursework focuses on foundational topics related to cellular- and systems-level physiology and neuroscience. Two different tracks are available to complete the master's degree requirements, a course option or a thesis option. The thesis option is supplemented with training in fundamental research techniques, including opportunities to work with faculty members on cutting-edge research.

Typical candidates for the program are junior-level undergraduate neuroscience majors, who will be sent an email announcement about the program in the summer before the start of their junior year.

This program will aid in students being competitively prepared for careers in a variety of fields, such as, scientific research, medicine, education, biotechnology, and scientific writing.

Academics and Curriculum

View the Combined Physiology and Neuroscience, B.S. and Physiology and Neuroscience, M.S. program information and degree requirements in the Academic Catalog.


Applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of intent to the department graduate program director during the semester in which they intend to complete the application criteria outlined in the program description. Qualified applicants will be given full consideration by the department graduate admissions committee, which must give its consent for acceptance into the program.

Only exceptionally well-prepared students are admitted to the program. Qualified applicants must have the following:

  • At least 90 credit hours by the end of the semester in which they are applying
  • A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on all undergraduate coursework, including undergraduate credits earned at other institutions and transferred to Wright State
  • Completion of NEU 3100, NEU 3200, as well as BMB 4210 and BMB 4230 or BMB 4001 with grades of "B" or better
  • Approval of the undergraduate program director
  • Approval of the graduate program director