Welcome to the exciting world of biomedical research at WSU Vancouver.

The undergraduate major in neuroscience is interdisciplinary, combining biology and psychology. It is designed to prepare you for careers in biomedical and clinical health sciences, including pre-medicine and other health-related fields. Neuroscience graduates from WSU Vancouver successfully compete for enrollment and graduate and professional schools in health-related fields.

You’ll also have the opportunity to contribute to some of the most important scientific questions of our time: How do your brain cells allow you to hear music, form memories, feel pain, become addicted to drugs? Learn how the brain and nervous system are altered in disorders like epilepsy, glaucoma, schizophrenia and Parkinson’s.

What's new?

Pre-health club meeting on Sept. 10

  • Get involved with a group of likeminded students pursuing the healthcare field
  • First bi-weekly meeting 10 – 11 a.m. Monday, September 10, Multimedia Classroom Building, Room 217
  • Find the "Pre-Health Club" on CougSync

Undergraduate Neuroscience Program Award Winners, 2018

  • Outstanding Academic Award: Hannah Turner
  • Outstanding Research Award: Jereme Wingert

Congratulations to Postdoctoral Fellows for their recent research awards:

  • Dr. John Harkness, WSU Commercialization Gap Fund
  • Dr. Jordan Blacktop, National Institutes of Health K99 Research Award

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With a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from WSU Vancouver, you will be able to:

  • Understand the relationships between the structure and function of molecules and tissues involved in neurobiological systems at all levels.
  • Recognize the impact of science on culture, and vice versa.
  • Perform basic laboratory techniques and understand principles of laboratory safety.
  • Apply the scientific process, including designing, conducting and evaluating experiments and testing of hypotheses.
  • Prepare oral and written reports in a standard scientific format.
  • Be able to find and understand scientific information and evaluate it critically.
  • Use mathematics and statistics to evaluate scientific evidence and interpret graphs and tables.
  • Value ethical conduct in science.

Contact us

For more information, contact Barb Sorg at or 360-546-9719.