Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience

General

Program Description

The Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Physiology offers a program leading to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Neuroscience. The curriculum offers students an in-depth foundation in neuroscience developed from the ground up by an interdisciplinary team of Wright State University faculty. This program uniquely emphasizes how prerequisite coursework from multiple fields of science relates to and can be applied to neuroscience. This is achieved via pedagogical best practices focused on engaging students in their learning such that they are actively involved in understanding neuroscience concepts and ideas and fostering scientific creativity and critical thinking.

The Program's coursework focuses on foundational neuroscience topics related to cellular neuroscience, physiological neuroscience, and behavioral neuroscience. It is supplemented with training in fundamental neuroscience research techniques, as well as opportunities to work with neuroscience faculty members on cutting-edge research.

This Program will aid in students being competitively prepared for careers in a variety of fields, including, but not limited to: scientific research, medicine, education, biotechnology, public policy, scientific writing, and law.

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 pre-professional 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:

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

Admission

Admission Requirements

Direct Admits

Students are eligible to be directly admitted into the Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience program from high school by meeting the following criteria:

  • Have a high school grade point average > 3.00
  • ACT Math score > 22 or SAT Math score > 520

Students must first apply for admission to Wright State University, and indicate Neuroscience as their desired major.

PRE Major

Students who intend to enter into the Neuroscience Bachelor of Science degree program but do not meet the criteria to be directly admitted from high school will be admitted as a PRE major. Once the student has satisfied the following criteria, they can be admitted into the Neuroscience Bachelor of Science degree program:

  • Earned a grade of “C” or higher in the following courses: BIO 1120, BIO 1120L, CHM 1210, and CHM 1210L.
  • Completion of at least 15 semester hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8.

Current students at Wright State University who are interested in adding or changing their major can also be admitted into the Neuroscience Bachelor of Science degree program by meeting the above criteria.

Transfer Students

Students interested in pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience can be admitted into the program by meeting the same criteria as non-direct admit students:

  • Earned a grade of “C” or higher in the following courses: BIO 1120, BIO 1120L, CHM 1210, and CHM 1210L or their equivalents
  • Completion of at least 15 semester hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8.

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

Learning Outcomes

The Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience program is focused on in-depth neuroscience content knowledge centered around four main learning goals: organization of the nervous system, cellular neurophysiology, information processing, and neural networks and behavior. In addition to the content knowledge, neuroscience majors will develop an array of broadly applicable skills, including independent learning, ability to critically evaluate evidence, proficiency in a variety of laboratory research techniques, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, effective communication, quantitative literacy, ability to implement the scientific process, ability to problem solve, and research design competency.

Last updated Mar 2020

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Wright State University is a nationally ranked public university in Dayton, Ohio with more than 15,000 students Offering 295 degree programs, the university is made up of eight colleges, three schools, and a branch campus in Celina, Ohio. Named for the Wright brothers, Wright State University offers an exceptional, affordable education in the American heartland. Read less