Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the Weber State Neuroscience Program?
Q. Does the program offer a Major or a graduate degree (e.g., a Ph.D.)?
Q.  I am interested in being a Neuroscience Minor, what do I do first?
Q.  How do I get involved with or sign up for research or independent study?
Q.   Can credit for classes I take which fulfill requirements for the Neuroscience Minor count towards other Minors and/or Majors I have?
Q.  Who do I contact to receive information about the neuroscience program?
Q. What is Brain Awareness Week (BAW)?
Q. How do I get involved with Brain Awareness Week? 
Q. How do I get involved in the Neuroscience Honors Society, Nu Rho Psi, and/or The Neuroscience Club?

Q. What is the Weber State Neuroscience Program?

A.  The Weber State Neuroscience Program is a minor program offered to Undergrads which focuses upon the understanding of nervous system function.  Completion of the minor requires 19 credit hours minimum (see Minor program description for a list of courses), although students often require more hours to complete pre-requisite courses. Coursework covers cellular, molecular, clinical, cognitive, and behavioral neuroscience. Along with completion of a great breadth of coursework regarding the nervous system, Neuroscience minors are also provided with mentorship, community engagement, and research opportunities. Students graduating with this minor leave with a deeper understanding of neuroscience function and are equipped for post-graduate programs and careers in research, medicine, and clinical work related to nervous system function and dysfunction. 

Q. Does the program offer a Major or a graduate degree (e.g., a Ph.D.)?

A. No, currently there is only the Neuroscience Minor degree.

Q.  I am interested in being a Neuroscience Minor, what do I do first?

A. First, we recommend taking Introduction to Neuroscience (NEUR 2050). If, after taking the class, you find the neuroscience minor is for you, then check out https://weber.edu/neuroscience/DeclareMinor.html to view minor requirements and print/fill out a minor declaration and Neuro Tracking form. After filling this out, schedule an appointment via email with Dr. Fowler lfowler@weber.edu to get your minor declaredJ
 
If you have no previous experience with any courses where nervous system function is covered, and if you have limited physical and chemical science coursework, you should consider taking the Psychology 2730 Biological Psychology course prior to taking Introduction to Neuroscience (NEUR 2050). The Psych 2730 course counts toward the Neuroscience minor and it may help students with less of a science background prepare for the Neuroscience courses. 

Q.  How do I get involved with or sign up for research or independent study?

A. If you want to conduct research or participate in an independent study course, you should first contact a professor with whom you are interested in working. You may work with professors within different departments to get involved in research (not just neuroscience professors), but your research project should somehow be related to Neuroscience. All independent study and research courses must receive approval from Dr. Fowler prior to your registering, and you must have consent from the faculty member with whom you will be working first. Remember it is important to gain a relationship with your professors in classes in order to have the opportunity to work with professors outside of class.  It is often easier to set up research with professors you have had for classes/who know you, because many professors won’t work with you if they do not know the quality of work you will provide. 

Q.   Can credit for classes I take which fulfill requirements for the Neuroscience Minor count towards other Minors and/or Majors I have?

A.  Classes can count towards fulfillment of class requirements for multiple minors or majors but credit for a class can only be applied in one place. (In other words you cannot “double dip”). For instance, say you are majoring in Psychology with a Neuroscience minor and you took BioPsych (PSY 2730).  Credits from this class can only count towards either your Psychology major (which requires 36 credit hours) or Neuroscience minor (which requires 19 credit hours). Thus, you must choose what major/minor you want credit to count towards.
 
Let’s say you wanted the 3 credits from this class to count towards completion of your Psychology Major. The 3 credits you earn from taking this class will only count towards completion of your Psych Major credits. However, your taking PSY 2730 will count as your completing Area 2 of course requirements for your minor in Neuroscience (although the credit amount does not go towards your completion of 19 credit hours for the minor). In conclusion, credit counts in only one place, but courses can fulfill multiple major/minor course requirements. 

Q.  Who do I contact to receive information about the neuroscience program?

 A. You may contact the program director, Dr. Lauren Fowler. The best way to contact her is via email at: lfowler@weber.edu. You may also visit the Neuroscience Program website at https://weber.edu/neuroscience. The website contains a lot of helpful information!

Q. What is Brain Awareness Week (BAW)?

A.  Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a global initiative that was created by the Dana Alliance in order to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. BAW gives local college students an opportunity to use their education to benefit the community by discussing many different aspects of the brain to area youth.  Every March, Weber students travel to area k-12 schools to teach students about the brain through activities like sheep brain dissections, beer goggle demonstrations, and lectures. 

Q. How do I get involved with Brain Awareness Week? 

A. To get involved with BAW you should contact one of the directors Zoee Miller (zoeemiller@mail.weber.edu) or Eddy Martinez (erybertomartinez@mail.weber.edu) letting them know you are interested.  It is preferable that volunteers have an understanding of the brain/nervous system to be able to present well in the community.  After contacting Zoee or Eddy you will be added to an email list where you will be notified of volunteer trainings and information regarding BAW.

Q. How do I get involved in the Neuroscience Honors Society, Nu Rho Psi, and/or The Neuroscience Club?

A. The Neuroscience Club is open to all students and potential students of Weber State University.  Nu Rho Psi, the Neuroscience Honors Society, is new to WSU in 2015 and is open to neuroscience students who are on par with certain academic standards and credit requirements.  More information and application forms can be found at the Nu Rho Psi page on the Neuroscience website or you may email the president Jake Ombach (hendrikombach@mail.weber.edu) to inquire about the club and society.