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.
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.
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.