2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    Aug 09, 2020  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Neuroscience, BS

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.


Admission Requirements

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 interested in pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience that were not directly admitted from high school, including students wishing to change major and transfer students, must meet the following criteria:

  • 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.

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.


Additional Information:

Program Requirements:

Note:  Students must complete all CoSM courses, including courses required for the Program, with a grade of “C” or better. Students must also maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in their CoSM courses in order to remain in the program.  Should a student’s GPA fall below 2.5, they will be given a one-semester probation to raise their GPA above the 2.5 minimum.

I. Wright State Core: 44 Hours

Element 1 - Communication: 6 Hours

Element 2 - Mathematics: 4 Hours


Element 3 - Global Traditions: 6 Hours

Element 4 - Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours

Element 5 - Social Sciences: 7 Hours

Required Course:

Element 6 - Natural Sciences: 8 Hours

Required courses:

Additional Core Courses: 10 Hours

Required courses:

III. Neuroscience Electives and Requirements: 12 Hours

Select four courses from the list below. Up to 1 non-listed 3000 or 4000 level PSY course may count towards the four courses.

V. General Electives: 8 Hours

Total: 120 Hours

Graduation Planning Strategy

The graduation planning strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a four-year time period. However, each student’s strategy to completion may be unique. Therefore, students are encourage to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs, or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.

Neuroscience, BS (GPS)