Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Physiology (NCBP)

Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience

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Why Choose the Neuroscience Program?

The Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience was developed by an interdisciplinary team of Wright State University faculty, and emphasizes how physics, biology, chemistry, psychology, and mathematics are integrated to become the field of neuroscience. Courses are designed so that the majority of the time, students are doing rather than listening. The program’s coursework focuses on the cell biology and physiology of neurons and neuronal circuits. It includes training in research techniques, and opportunities to assist faculty with their research. Students will be competitively prepared for health-related preprofessional programs, scientific research, and other career paths.

Program Learning Goals and Skills

The Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience program is focused on in-depth neuroscience content knowledge centered around four main learning goals:

  • Organization – There is an expansive, yet repetitive, organization to the nervous system, that matches structure with function.
  • Cellular Neurophysiology – Neurons are cells with dynamic and excitable membranes. Specialized receptors and channels underlie all chemical and electrical signals in the nervous system.
  • Information Processing – The effectiveness of communication between neurons is highly modifiable and is critical for regulating the flow of information within neural networks. Information is also encoded in the timing of signals.
  • Neural Networks and Behavior – The average adult brain contains approximately 100 billion neurons with 100 trillion connections, that make a multitude of connections with each other in an organized fashion. This connectivity serves as the link between structure and function, dictating our behavioral responses to various innocuous and traumatic stimuli.

In addition to the content knowledge described above, neuroscience majors will develop an array of broadly applicable skills, including:

  1. Independent learning
  2. Ability to critically evaluate evidence (how to read critically, write scientifically, and how to conduct scholarly searches)
  3. Proficiency in a variety of laboratory research techniques (ex. Microscopy)
  4. Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues/peers
  5. Effective communication (oral & written)
  6. Quantitative literacy
  7. Ability to implement the scientific process
  8. Ability to problem solve
  9. Research Design Competency (ability to apply logic and statistics)

Academics and Curriculum

View Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the Academic Catalog.


Advising

Schedule an appointment with an advisor by calling (937) 775-4496. We look forward to helping you meet your goals!

Undergraduate Adviser:

Patrick Sonner, Ph.D.
Director of the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program
patrick.sonner@wright.edu


Admission

Students will initially be listed as Neuroscience-Pre until after their first semester in which they have obtained a WSU cumulative GPA of  2.0. Upon successfully obtaining a GPA of  2.0, students will be listed as Neuroscience – B.S.


Undergraduate Research

Students have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty and their lab members by conducting Independent Research in Neuroscience (NEU 4990). This can be taken as an elective option, or as part of the requirement for the Departmental Honors Program, which is comprised of a Laboratory Research focused Senior Capstone. For more details about the Departmental Honors Program and its requirements, please see the document below.

Neuroscience Departmental Honors Program PDF

A list of faculty, their contact information, and their research interests can be found on the People: Faculty, Staff, & Students page of the departmental website. Students are encouraged to read over these and meet with faculty to discuss available research opportunities. Students who wish to register for Independent Research in Neuroscience must obtain departmental permission.

The ASK program, Applying Scientific Knowledge, provides a new way for science majors to engage in undergraduate research as part of their coursework. For more information see the ASK Program website.

Students can find an extensive and updated list of neuroscience internship and summer research opportunities here: https://people.rit.edu/~gtfsbi/Symp/Neuroscience.htm.


Careers in Neuroscience

Most students majoring in neuroscience programs are interested in pursuing health-related careers. However, there are a number of other career fields that students can pursue with an undergraduate neuroscience degree, including research, sales, law, public policy, and others.

Many students will need to pursue advanced graduate or professional education in order to achieve their career goals. The Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience program has been designed to meet entrance requirements for these advanced programs, aiding in achieving students’ future plans.

Throughout the progress of the degree program, students will be given the tools and appropriate advisement to succeed along whatever trajectory the student’s path will take.

Occupations

  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Audiologist
  • Biostatistician 
  • Clinical Research Assistant
  • Dentist
  • Epidemiology
  • Food Scientist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Lawyer
  • Medical Doctor
  • Medical Manager
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Professor
  • Psychologist
  • Public Health
  • Research Scientist
  • Science Advocacy
  • Science Writer
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Veterinarian

Statistics and Data

Bureau of Labor Statistics: National Employment Wage Data and Growth Projections, 2014-2024

Job Title

2015 Median Pay

Job Growth (2014-2024)

Biochemists & Biophysicists

$82,150

8%

Biological Technicians

$41,650

5%

Medical Scientists

$82,240

8%

Psychologists

$72,850

19%

Dentists

$158,310

18%

Genetic Counselors

$72,090

29%

Optometrists

$103,900

27%

Pharmacists

$121,500

3%

Physical Therapists

$84,020

34%

Physician Assistants

$98,180

30%

Physicians & Surgeons

$187,200

14%

Podiatrists

$119,340

14%

Veterinarians

$88,490

9%

High School Teachers

$57,200

6%

Postsecondary Teachers

$72,470

13%

Lawyers

$115,820

6%

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