About the Program
What You'll Learn
The neuroscience program at Westminster aims to make educational opportunities available to students who want to understand the role of the nervous system in behavior. Throughout the course of this program, students will:
- Develop critical and interdisciplinary thinking skills.
- Gain knowledge of the various levels of analysis in neuroscience and the ability to synthesize information across academic fields.
- Understand issues pertinent to ethics in neuroscience and the methodologies employed in the field.
Plan of Study
In order to successfully complete our neuroscience program and obtain a bachelor’s degree, you will take four years of classes. In the first year, you will take chemistry, psychology, and an introductory course on the brain and behavior. During the second year, you will explore the areas of statistics, genetics, cell biology, and research. In your third year, you will choose neuroscience electives like behavioral, cognitive, and cellular science, and in your final year you will delve into advanced topics in neuroscience.
Introduction to Brain and Behavior
Learn about the biological bases of human behavior. Through this course, we will explore topics like the central nervous system structure, function, and development, as well as discuss emotional and cognitive processing inside the brain.
Advanced Topics in Neuroscience
Explore current topics in neuroscience, including memory, decision making, traumatic brain injury (TBI), autism, and addiction. This class will give you the opportunity to read important literature and propose research experiments that allow you to incorporate both a molecular-cellular and behavioral analysis.