Advising FAQs

All sophomores who have not declared a major by the beginning of Advanced Registration period for the following Fall semester will be put on hold by the College until they officially declare a major.

All junior Neuroscience majors are placed on registration hold preceding Advance Registration for the Fall semester of their senior year.  All junior Neuroscience majors are required to meet with a Neuroscience advisor to update their Penn inTouch worksheet and review their remaining requirements for completion of the major.  Juniors should come in during advising hours prepared to discuss their plan for coursework in their senior year.  Students may come to walk-in advising hours to meet with a Neuroscience advisor.

Students are encouraged to take as many BIBB courses as they like. Eight approved courses can count towards the Neuroscience major electives. Additional BIBB courses may be used towards another major or minor, depending on that department's requirements, or towards unrestricted college electives.

Students may use BIBB LPS courses to fulfill Neuroscience major requirements but may not be able to apply LPS credits from other departments towards the Neuroscience major.  Students considering taking LPS classes through other departments should meet with a Neuroscience advisor before registering for more information.

BIBB LPS courses have a certain percentage of seats which are reserved for LPS students.  Therefore, a course may be listed as “open” but a College student may not be able to register.  In that event, the student would receive a message that he or she must request a permit from the program.  Neuroscience is not authorized to issue such permits.  Students must contact LPS directly to inquire about course registration.  It is in the student’s best interest to request LPS courses through Penn InTouch during Advance Registration, when there are seats available for College students.  Students who are not enrolled in a BIBB LPS course following Advance Registration may be registered after the first class meeting if there are remaining seats in the class.  Interested students should attempt to register through Penn InTouch at that time.

Yes, Neuroscience majors may double-count BIBB courses towards both their Neuroscience major and the BBB/HCMG minor.

A list of potential advisors can be found on the NGG website at Research advisors must be standing faculty members working in the broad field of neuroscience. Students should identify 4-5 professors whose work interests them. Students are then encouraged to e-mail each professor requesting a meeting to discuss potential research projects.

Students must enroll in BIBB 399 and 499 during their junior or senior year, completing both semesters working in the same lab on the same project. In order to qualify for BIBB 499, a student's cumulative GPA must be above 3.5. Students wishing to graduate with honors are required to complete an additional 400-level BBB course, attend the Honors Seminar held each Spring semester and to give a presentation of their research at the Neuroscience Student Research Symposium held in the Spring of each year.

Students must submit a completed Independent Research application form for each semester in which they engage in research for credit. 

Students whose GPA does not qualify them for BIBB 499 may enroll in additional semesters of BIBB 399.  A total of two semesters of BIBB research credit may be counted towards the student’s Neuroscience major electives.

AP credits issued by other departments (e.g., AP credit for STAT 111 or MATH 104) may be counted towards the Neuroscience major or minor if the credit granted matches the Neuroscience requirement.  Students with other AP credits or waivers should consult with a Neuroscience advisor to find appropriate advanced coursework advance their knowledge in the field, i.e. students who receive BIOL 091 credit may not count that credit towards the Neuroscience major and should register for BIOL 121. 

Neuroscience majors go on to hold a variety of positions, from analysts to researchers to physicians.  Career Services reports on the employment of Penn graduates by major can be found on their website at