Neuroscience

Neuroscience labs and students

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.

“The living brain moves visibly. It pulses from changes in blood pressure. It glistens, blushes — and it’s beautiful, unmistakably complex and clearly vulnerable. This was a gripping experience.”

Bill Griesar, neuroscience instructor and outreach coordinator

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?

  • Phillip Uribe graduated with his Ph.D. defending his thesis "Molecular mechanisms of drug and noise-induced hair cell death and protection" from Allison Coffin's lab.
  • Tamasen Fern Hayward graduated with her M.S. degree defending her thesis "Glucocorticoids modulate aminoglycoside-induced damage to zebrafish lateral line" from Allison Coffin's lab.
  • Camas student working in Barbara Sorg's lab, Monica Chang, wins Oregon science contest, November 24, 2017

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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 sorg@vetmed.wsu.edu or 360-546-9719.