Wesleyan's program takes an interdisciplinary approach to neuroscience and integrates information from biology and psychology. The neuroscience major or minor coupled with a major in biology, psychology, or applied mathematical science provides an excellent background to pursue varied career opportunities.
Students attain a solid understanding of the underlying concepts; develop skills in experimental design and data analysis; approach problems and tasks logically, creatively, and critically; become knowledgeable of theory used in current literature; and become proficient in using methodology and instrumentation commonly employed in contemporary research in neuroscience.
The prestigious Munroe Scholars Program provides two full-tuition scholarships annually to academically superior first-year applicants for admission with interests in the sciences, mathematics, or dual-degree engineering. Preference is given to students who demonstrate particular promise in scientific inquiry or research. Eligible candidates must be invited to compete at Scholarship Day, possess strong academic credentials, and demonstrate their interest and ability to engage in research. Recipients also are eligible for research stipends of up to $1,000 during their junior and senior years.
Related Majors & Minors: Biology and Psychology
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By the time they graduate, more than 90% of neuroscience majors have collaborated with faculty in projects outside of the classroom.
The majority of neuroscience majors pursue careers within the field or in closely related fields. The major is designed to prepare one for competitive application to outstanding graduate programs. Students are given multiple opportunities to participate in research that is typically presented at student research conferences as well as regional, national, and international professional research conferences. Not only is research participation emphasized within courses in the major but also, all members of the neuroscience faculty are actively engaged in student-faculty research. Majors also have the opportunity to engage in community service through The Center for Women in Science and Technology.
The Neuroscience Program offers a number of opportunities for learning outside of the classroom. Most graduates have presented their research at student or professional research meetings before graduation. The Neuroscience Program also offers regular study abroad opportunities. During school breaks students can participate in weeklong trips to Paris, Amsterdam, or Rome to study drugs and behavior or the neuroscience of beauty and pleasure.
Anna, a neuroscience and psychology double major, worked as an intern through the Summer Research Opportunity Program (offered by Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan) where she worked on the Michigan Study for Cognitive Aging and Diverse Elders. In a lab that works to characterize risk and protective factors for dementia in a racially and socioeconomically diverse sample of older adults, specifically those from minority or underrepresented groups.“Throughout the summer I have learned so much about myself, the type of person I am and the kind of research I want to conduct. I knew I wanted to continue my education and ultimately earn a PhD in clinical psychology, and being here has opened my eyes to exactly what I am signing up for. Now I have a clearer picture of what my career and research paths will look like in the near future.”
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