UC Blue Ash College

Pre-Neuroscience

AS

Why study Pre-Neuroscience?

Understanding the intricate relationships between neural mechanisms and behavior is an important and fruitful area of contemporary scientific research. Such research allows scientists to learn more about the progression of Alzheimer's disease, the neural basis of addition, and appropriate biochemical treatments for anxiety, just to name a few. Those who graduate with a degree in neuroscience find careers in clinical research, pharmaceutical sales, medicine, and other biopsychological-based positions.

Admission Requirements

The program is open to all students with a high school diploma from an accredited high school or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to graduate and to advance to upper levels of study. High school students who are considering UC Blue Ash College should take either the SAT or ACT test for guidance and counseling.

Neuroscience requires students to develop a wide variety of skills. Taking classes that focus more on psychobiology and sensation and perception allows students to develop strong critical thinking skills important in engaging in research. Because neuroscience is a scientific field, with findings based on research, all students must master statistics and understand the research designs of studies in the field. Many of the courses required for the program are also required of students interested in medical school, and thus position students nicely for applying to medical school.

Ultimately, a degree in neuroscience prepares students to be critical thinkers and proficient writers, as well as sophisticated researchers.

Students in this program are expected to transition to the bachelor’s degree program in Neuroscience before entering the workplace in this area. Once they graduate, students can expect to find employment in the following positions: Laboratory Technician, Medical Scientist, Biological Technician, Researcher / Research Associate, Laboratory Technologist, Laboratory Manager, Clinical Research Coordinator / Manager, Biologist, and Microbiologist. Students who complete the bachelor's degree will also be able to apply to graduate school or medical school.  According to PayScale, the average salary of someone working in the field of neuroscience with a bachelor's degree is $65,877 (February, 2021).

For advising contact information, please check the college's advising webpage, or call 513-745-5357.

The Associates of Science (AS) Degree program in Neuroscience provides students with the first two years of general education requirements within the discipline so they can easily and efficiently transfer into the bachelor’s degree program in Neuroscience at UC’s College of Arts and Sciences (A&S).

  • Complete all program requirements
  • Earn at least 60 semester credit hours (for an associate degree) This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least these minimum number of credit hours.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the UC residency requirement.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Students should see their advisor for specific information well in advance of their final term.

Transferring to UC Blue Ash College

UC Blue Ash College has an open admission policy (although some programs within the college are selective admissions.) Transfer students must supply official transcripts from each previously attended institution. Credits are accepted from any institution currently accredited by any of the six regional accrediting agencies. Credits transferred from another institution may not fulfill specific requirements for the degree. An official evaluation of transfer credit from other colleges will be processed after the student’s file is complete.

For current UC students who wish to transfer from one UC program to another:   

  • Fill out an Application for Change in College and Program.
  • Submit the completed form to the college which offers the program into which you want to transition.
  • Students changing majors FROM other programs or colleges within UC will be considered based on the same criteria as outside transfers.

International students wishing to apply to UCBA can find information here.

Application Deadlines

UC Blue Ash College admits students each term, so students can begin fall, spring, and summer semesters. Please consult the UC Blue Ash Admissions page for specific application deadlines for each term.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Taylor Wadian
9555 Plainfield Road
University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College
Cincinnati, OH 45236
(513) 936-1778
wadiantr@ucmail.uc.edu

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Program Code: 28ASC-PNS-AS