Neuroscience

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 often continue their education and successfully pursue graduate and professional schools in health-related fields where they can earn M.D., D.O., P.A., and Ph.D. degrees.

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 or 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?

  • OPB feature: The ever-changing nature of memory, drawn through chalk art, John Harkness, postdoctoral and research fellow
  • Congratulations to Jordan Donaldson (Neuroscience) and Regina Tsay (Biology), who won a Research Showcase (view event photos) poster award for their joint project: Do highly conserved protein sequences in non-mammalian vertebrates modulate hair cell regeneration in zebrafish?
  • Congratulations to Vince Chavez for winning The Chancellor’s Award for Student Achievement which recognizes a WSU Vancouver student for academic achievement and love of learning, overcoming barriers in pursuit of academic goals, future leadership potential and involvement in campus life. Read more about Vince’s achievement here.
  • Congratulations to Ashlynn Dean for winning the Outstanding Academic Award in Neuroscience and Jonah Stickney for winning the Outstanding Research Award in Neuroscience.
  • Vicky Nganga and Elisei Cosovan demonstrate to 4th graders how their brain produces electricity to contract their muscles while Trent Pratt shows off his brains.
  • "Conversations with a Neuron, Vol. 2" (PDF) — A new publication written and edited by our neuroscience students that highlights their interests and talents.

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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 van.CASAdvising@wsu.edu or 360-546-9620.