Mission Statement

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.