Neuroscience is the interdisciplinary scientific study of the central and peripheral nervous systems in an effort to understand the biological basis of behavior, thinking, emotion, memory, and perception. The field of neuroscience has grown exponentially over the last twenty years, holds wide public appeal, and offers job opportunities in many sectors (e.g. teaching, research, medicine, and industries such as pharmaceuticals and biotechnology).
The Weber State University Neuroscience Program and Minor were created in January 2010. The interdisciplinary program draws primary support from three colleges (The Dr. Ezekiel Dumke College of Health Professions; The College of Science; The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences) and three departments (Health Sciences, Psychology, Zoology), and is officially housed in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The minor includes the NEUR 2050 Introduction to Neuroscience course and a range of NEUR courses (e.g. NEUR 3750 Cognitive Neuroscience) and neuro-related courses from other disciplines.
For more information on the Minor please read through the Neuroscience Minor documents.
In addition to offering the Neuroscience Minor, faculty that participate in the WSU Neuroscience Program conduct research and organize public outreach efforts (e.g Brain Awareness Week). For more information, please contact us.
The mission of the Neuroscience Program is to foster a deep understanding of nervous system function at all levels, from molecules to behavior, and to prepare and advance WSU undergraduates for post-graduate programs and careers in research, medicine, and clinical work related to nervous system function and dysfunction.
The Undergraduate Neuroscience Program Faculty will accomplish these missions by four complementary mechanisms.
First, we will provide students with a solid academic and intellectual foundation in cellular, molecular, clinical, cognitive, and behavioral neuroscience.
Second, we will offer opportunities for students to conduct scientific research under the direction of faculty mentors to learn experimental approaches and methods in neuroscience. We will mentor students in the development of skills in the scientific method, experimental analysis, and effective oral and written communication. We expect our students to become actively engaged investigators whose work should result in presentations at professional meetings and publications in scientific journals.
Third, we will involve students in community engagement through brain-related outreach and teaching activities aimed at K-12 school children and the public at large.
Fourth, we will provide students with one-on-one academic and career counseling to identify professional programs most suited to their interests, and strategies to be competitive applicants to these programs.
The WSU Minor in Neuroscience will greatly contribute to a student’s competitiveness and qualifications for admission into the nation’s most prestigious graduate programs, medical schools and health-related professional programs.