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Westminster's Neuroscience Program

Why Study Neuroscience at Westminster?

Neuroscience is the scientific study of normal and abnormal development, structure, and function of the nervous system. In addition, neuroscience seeks to better understand the role of the nervous system in behavior. The Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience provides students with fundamental training in psychology, biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, as well as broad exposure to neuroscience. The curriculum provides students with an academic and experiential background for graduate study in the neurosciences and/or employment in a research setting. The program is designed to offer breadth of background while allowing a degree of specialization.

Students desiring further specialization are encouraged to pursue a relevant minor in combination with the major. For example, students interested in Theoretical Neuroscience may choose a minor in Mathematics, Physics, or Computer Science. Students interested in Clinical Neuropsychology are encouraged to pursue a minor in Psychology. Consultation with program advisors is crucial in preparing the best pathway for the individual students.


The Westminster Difference:

  • Use event-related brain potential (ERP) equipment to explore electrical activity in the brain during a variety of cognitive states.

  • Engage in research specific to the field.

  • Our interdisciplinary senior seminar course is designed to demonstrate the integration of behavioral analysis across multiple levels.

  • Elective requirements allow for flexibility and specialization. The careful addition of related minors allow students to add additional depth in their area of specialization.