Bachelor of Science
School of Arts and Sciences
Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, the brain, and all its cognitive functions and behaviors. It is a flexible discipline that allows you to both specialize in your areas of interest and get the breadth of background you need for a fulfilling career. At Westminster, our well-rounded curriculum provides you with an education in multiple scientific areas. That way, whether you want to go on to a graduate school program or get a job in a research setting, you will have all the tools you need to succeed.
Who It's For
Our neuroscience program is a great fit for any student who feels drawn to experiential learning, constructing hypotheses, and unraveling the mysteries of the brain. Neuroscientists study in order to learn how to solve complex problems, which is why our students have open minds, think critically, and are naturally curious.
- The extensive scientific background our program offers will make you a competitive candidate for undergraduate research opportunities.
- Our neuroscience program is highly customizable—work with your advisor to be sure your study path meets your personal goals.
- Experience hands-on classes where you will have an opportunity to work in the lab, discuss research articles, and engage in collaborative projects.
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
- Enhance both oral and written communication and information literacy skills
- Acquire depth and breadth of knowledge in neuroscience
- Gain knowledge of and respect for the varying levels of analysis in neuroscience and develop the ability to synthesize information across such levels
- Develop an understanding of issues pertinent to ethics in neuroscience, as well as the ambiguity inherent in neuroscience
- Develop knowledge of and experience with a number of research methodologies employed in the field of neuroscience
- Gain an understanding of future employment and educational opportunities available to individuals majoring in neuroscience
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.
Liberal Education Courses
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.
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Westminster´s neuroscience program gives you the skills to understand and work with the development, structure, and function of complex systems. Our program graduates have a very high success rate after graduation. Twenty-seven percent of our alums are currently enrolled or have finished graduate school, 30 percent are enrolled in medical school or other professional health programs, and 12 percent are working directly in neuroscience research at the bachelor´s degree level.
- Master’s and PhD in various aspects of Neuroscience
- Medical careers: doctor, physician´s assistant, physical therapy, etc.
- Neuroscience lab careers: cognitive, behavioral, cellular research, etc.
- Neural engineering
- Computing and software engineering, machine learning
Tuition and Aid
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Westminster College knows you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. Westminster will work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, Westminster helps you make it happen.
With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, Westminster students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.
You’ll be automatically considered for scholarship and grant opportunities.
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Your tuition, fully paid.
All students should have the ability to explore their passions. Westminster College is proud to cover the cost of tuition for qualifying students through the Westminster Commitment.