Students in Wesleyan College’s Neuroscience Program explore the nervous system and its contributions to human and animal behavior.

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.

Major: Neuroscience
Minor: Neuroscience
Related Majors & Minors: Biology and Psychology
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Start Your Research Early

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.

Student looks through microscope.


Outside The Classroom

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.



Student Anna Marmolejo Rios ‘20 during her summer internship.

Meet Anna Marmolejo Rios ’20

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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alumnae ADITI DEY ’13 sits at desk with book open


A Munroe Scholar, Aditi graduated magna cum laude with a triple major in psychology, biology, and neuroscience. At Wesleyan, Aditi served as a research assistant in Dr. James Rowan’s comparative cognition lab. She is now a Resident in Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Childrens' Hospital after receiving her doctoral degree from the Medical College of Georgia.



The Medical College of Georgia, Brandeis University, Washington University of St. Louis, Novartis Institute, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Auburn University, Mercer University Medical School, Georgia Health Science University 



feels no pain

The human brain is the only organ in the human body that lacks nerves despite the fact that it acts as the central command for the central nervous system.

100,000 miles

There are 100 thousand miles of blood vessels in your brain, and one hundred billion neurons.

fattest organ

About 60% of the human brain is comprised of fat which is the highest concentration of fat that is present in a single organ in a healthy human being.

Usage misconception

It is believed by many that, human beings use less than 10% of their brain. This is a misconception because each and every part of the brain has a known function.


Dreaming requires more brain activity than any waking function.

25 Watts

The energy consumed by the brain which is approximately 25 watts is sufficient enough to illuminate a light bulb.

3 pounds

The average human brain weights 3 pounds.

75% water

75% of the total brain mass is comprised of water which regulates various functions in the brain.

18 Years

The brain stops growing at approximately 18 years of age.

Not ticklish

Your brain recognizes your touch, so you can’t tickle yourself.

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of neuroscience graduates collaborate with faculty in research and present research at professional meetings.


of recent graduates rated the quality of Wesleyan’s neuroscience faculty as Excellent/Very good.


of recent graduates agree that they would major in neuroscience again.

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