Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
Behavioral Neuroscience, BA
What is the study of Behavioral Neuroscience?
Behavioral neuroscience explores the role of the nervous system in normal and abnormal behavior, thought and emotion. For example, Behavioral Neuroscientists study the biological basis of normal learning and memory as well as psychiatric illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia and drug abuse.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
This interdisciplinary program provides students with the specialized preparation and technological sophistication critical for success in a variety of graduate-training programs, including neuroscience, psychology, pharmacology, mental health, and neurobiology; and in health care, including medicine and dentistry. For those students who do not anticipate pursuing post-graduate education, the degree program provides an excellent platform for entry-level positions in such areas as biomedical research and the pharmaceutical industry.
This program fosters a close, collaborative relationship between faculty and students. Behavioral Neuroscience students are exposed to the inner workings of experimental design and play a formative role in the process of scientific inquiry. Due to the breadth of our classwork, we are also able to apply concepts from various fields learned in lecture directly to research. The result is a group of students with sharpened analytical skills, a passion for science, and a feeling of community with their professors and each other.
- Michael Claiborne, Student
WWU is one of the few public institutions in the country offering an undergraduate behavioral neuroscience major. Over 80% of the undergraduate programs in this emerging field are found at private institutions and a majority of the neuroscience programs at public universities are associated with large academic institutions. Western is uniquely positioned to offer the highest quality neuroscience education and research experience, in conjunction with an exceptional liberal arts education. The success of our graduates is testimony to the strength of this new program!
- Janet Finlay, Faculty
- Biomedical Researcher
- Medical Doctor
- Physician Assistant
- Pharmaceutical Sales