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Neuroscience Program

Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience

Undergraduate Handbook (2013-2014)
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Neuroscience Student Learning Outcomes:

When they successfully complete the Neuroscience program at WSU, students will:


  1. Demonstrate knowledge of, and recognize the relationships between, the structure and function of molecules and tissues involved in neurobiological systems at all levels: molecular, cellular, and organismal.
  2. Recognize the impact that science has on culture, and vice versa.


  1. Perform basic laboratory techniques used in neuroscience research and understand and apply principles of laboratory safety.
  2. Locate and retrieve scientific information and read, understand, and critically evaluate primary literature.
  3. Prepare oral and written reports in a standard scientific format.
  4. Apply the scientific process, including designing, conducting, and evaluating experiments and testing of hypotheses.
  5. Use mathematics and statistics to evaluate scientific evidence and interpret graphs and tables.


  1. Recognize that all areas of science are integrated and interconnected.
  2. Appreciate scientific knowledge as something that is not static, but constantly expanding through the ongoing work of researchers.
  3. Value ethical conduct in science.
  4. Recognize that the best decision-making and policies are based on evidence.

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The undergraduate neuroscience degree program at Washington State University is an interdisciplinary biomedical program featuring world-renowned faculty whose focus is in the cellular and molecular understanding of system biology issues.

WSU is among the nation's top tier of doctoral/research universities. Graduate and undergraduate students at WSU are immersed in active research programs with research expenditures of over $100 million per year. The research emphasis of the WSU neuroscience faculty include: neurobiology of sleep, body weight and energy balance, eating disorders and diabetes, cellular function and biophysics of muscle and related heart disease, memory, behavior, emotion and well-being, vision, reproduction, cardiovascular physiology, muscle physiology, motor control, cancer, neurochemistry, neuropharmacology, and addictions. The neuroscience field plays an important role in both human and animal medical science.

The undergraduate program for majors is designed for students interested in pre-medical, pre-veterinary, or other pre-health science studies to prepare for professional study in the health sciences (such as physician or doctor of veterinary medicine), graduate school, or for those who wish to use their training in laboratory settings in universities, government agencies, or industry. The program at WSU combines the expertise and resources of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience (IPN), Basic Medical Sciences, Psychology, BioEngineering, Chemistry and Zoology.

Basic courses in the program include Exploring the Brain, Neuroanatomy, Cellular Neurobiology, Neurophysiology and Affective Neuroscience.

Undergraduate majors are required to participate in neuroscience research. A research experience allows students the opportunity to build critical thinking skills by applying classroom theory to a real life situation.  Under the guidance of a Neuroscience faculty member, students are able to research a neuroscience topic of their choice.

Computational Neuroscience
Computational neuroscience is an interdisciplinary program allowing students to study both neurobiology and computer science or engineering. It offers the student a balanced curriculum of science (with the goal of discovering new knowledge about the natural world) and technology (with the goal of designing and building new devices, processes, and algorithms to satisfy human needs).

The Computational Neuroscience curriculum links the information processing features of the nervous system with information processing of computer systems. Accordingly, the Computational Neuroscience Option supplements the neuroscience core curriculum with information technology courses. In this way, students learn not only of the brain and its information processing mechanisms but also of modern computer hardware and software technologies.

Courses in science and engineering have been selected to give as broad an exposure as possible to subjects that underlie the basic neural and computational sciences with an emphasis on the organism and the machine as information processing entities. Upon completion of the four-year curriculum, a B.S. degree in Neuroscience will be awarded. Furthermore, the program is designed to allow students to acquire breadth in computational subjects or, alternatively, to focus on either software or hardware aspects of computation. Students choosing to acquire breadth in computational subjects will be well prepared for graduate study in most areas of neural and biomedical science, including bioengineering. Students choosing a software or hardware focus may obtain a minor in either computer science or computer engineering. All subject requirements for entry into medical school are met by completion of the program of study in General or Computational Neuroscience.

For additional information, contact Neuroscience Undergraduate/Academic Coordinator:

Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience
1815 Ferdinand's Lane
Box 647620
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-7620
(509) 335-0986
Fax: (509) 335-4650
Last Edited: Feb 26, 2014 2:21 PM   

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