Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience

Neuroscience is a cross-disciplinary major centered on the study of the brain and the nervous system. It combines many traditional fields of study, including biology, psychology, chemistry, physics, anatomy, pharmacology, physiology, engineering, mathematics, and computer science.

Because understanding the brain impacts every aspect of our lives, neurobiologists can prepare for careers in a wide variety of fields.

Our graduates pursue careers researching neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, AIDS, dementia, and multiple sclerosis. Other employment areas include laboratory and medical technical specialties, health care, physical therapy, dental, education, scientific or pharmaceutical sales, veterinary technical assistance, technical writing, nutrition, pharmacy, research assistance, scientific illustration, and patent law.

Neuroscience major specialization tracks

  • Pre-medicine – Prepare for medical school and other health care fields, including optometry, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant, or physical/occupational therapy.
  • Pre-veterinary – Veterinarians diagnose and control animal diseases, treat sick and injured animals, prevent the transmission of animal diseases to people, and advise owners on the proper care of animals.
  • Computational neuroscience – WSU’s computational neuroscience program is an interdisciplinary offering that allows students to study both neurobiology and computer science.

I am hoping to become a physician’s associate in the future. I don’t know what specialty yet, but I have always loved children, so probably pediatrics or obstetrics. I hope I can help people feel better in the future.

Hannah Mouradian, neuroscience student

Tuition and financial resources

We know financial planning is important. Learn about estimated annual cost of attendance for resident and nonresident students, and available financial aid and scholarships.

If you’re a current undergraduate student, log in to the college’s internal web to see additional available financial resources.


Kids Judge!

Elementary school students from area communities visit and evaluate the learning potential of exhibits developed by our undergraduates.


About the department

The Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience offers undergraduate through postdoctoral education in neuroscience and integrative physiology, and our faculty provide core instruction in the professional veterinary medical program. Students have the opportunity to work with leading faculty to gain hands-on research experiences beginning their very first year.


Questions about the Neuroscience degree program? Email neuromajor@vetmed.wsu.edu

Pullman, Washington

Pullman is located in the Palouse region of the Inland Northwest, homelands of the Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe and Palus people. The Palouse has one of the most beautiful and unique landscapes in the world. Rolling hills and wide-open skies give the region its distinctive appeal.

Residents enjoy outdoor activities and the benefits of small town living with the cultural richness of bigger city life.

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