Neuroscience



Bachelor of Science
Major
School of Arts and Sciences
Four-Year Degree

Overview

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.

Key Benefits

  • 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.
  • 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.


Sample 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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Career Opportunities

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.

Potential Careers

  • 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

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Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

We know you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. We’ll work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, we help you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, our students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of our 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.

Average Cost After Financial Aid

$14,042 ($7,021 per semester)

Cost Breakdown (2018–2019)

  • Tuition: $34,000
  • Room: $5,526
  • Board: $3,164

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$27,834 (merit scholarship, work-study, grants and loan funds)

Scholarships

You’ll be Automatically Considered for Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

In addition to general merit scholarships, we have other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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